How to make bangers and mash with onion sauce: an easy recipe for a British classic

How to make bangers and mash with onion sauce: an easy recipe for a British classic

By Evan Williams

Looking for a taste of Britain to shake things up on your menu? Look no further than an easy recipe with a long history: bangers and mash with onion sauce!

Elevate your Friday night with this fantastic bangers and mash recipe. © IMAGO / agefotostock

If you’re not too keen on cooking, but would like to make your loved one, or maybe your family, a delicious dinner, look no further than this simple recipe for bangers and mash with garlic sauce. onion.

Less is more with this traditionally British recipe, and its delicious sweet onion sauce, adds the perfect touch to a simple meal.

To avoid any sneering back, the “banger” in bangers and mash stands for sausage, of course. It’s also a fitting coincidence that the word can also mean ‘hit’ in British slang, and although it’s usually reserved for music, this recipe is sure to be a table star.

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So get into the TAG24 food guide and bring this favorite across the pond to your meal!

What are bangers and mashes?

Bangers and mash is one of the easiest meals you could hope to make. A British staple that is said to have originated during World War I, this dish is packed with flavor and calories. It is usually made of three components – the sausages, the sauce, the mash – but is often served with other vegetables other than the potato.

As for the origin of the word “bangers”, the story goes that wartime meat shortages meant that sausages had to be made with a number of extra “fillers” to fill the gap. One of these fillers was water, which caused the sausages to explode with a loud “bang” as they cooked.

It doesn’t take long to mash up a food if you’re ready to cook this mealtime treat for your family. Remember, though, that this recipe may be full of flavor, but it’s not exactly ideal for dieting.

Are Irish bangers and mash different?

Many regions have slightly different styles for their bangers and mash recipes. An established variant comes from Ireland.

The main difference between the standard English bangers and mash and its Irish counterpart are the sausages. Irish bangers contain eggs and crackers, while English bangers only contain breadcrumbs.

Ultimately, however, what you do with the dish is entirely up to personal preference.

Fun fact: “Rusk” is a type of dry bread that has been baked twice, similar to cookies.

How to make bangers and mash with onion sauce

The bangers and mash have multiple components, as the name of the dish suggests, but ultimately it’s a recipe that requires about ten ingredients to take off – and it’s about how which you process these onions.

Bangers and Onion Sauce Ingredients

  • 8 beef or pork sausages
  • 3 large onions
  • 2 cups vegetable, beef or chicken broth
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • Olive oil
  • Butter
  • Sugar
  • Plain flour
  • Black pepper

Mash ingredients

  • 5 large potatoes
  • Butter
  • Salt
  • Black pepper

Sausage and Mash Recipe | Instructions

Each step to a successful meal of bangers and mash is relatively simple. Remember to time this mash to be ready when the bangers and onion sauce are hot and ready to eat.

Instructions for bangers and onion sauce

Step 1: Roughly chop your onions, they don’t need to be too small or finely diced, but also not too large.

2nd step: Put your sausages in a deep sauté pan with a little olive oil. Get them nicely crispy and well-cooked, but not dry.

Step 3: Remove cooked sausages and set aside. Add a good amount of olive oil to the same pan, followed by the chopped onions.

Step 4: Sauté the onions in olive oil for about 3 to 4 minutes, or until translucent. While frying, be sure to scrape up the delicious sausage residue left on the bottom of the pan. Meanwhile, boil about 2-3 cups of water in a separate saucepan (or a kettle for sane Europeans).

Step 5: Add about a quarter knob of butter, stirring with a wooden spoon until completely melted and incorporated into the onions. Place a lid on the pan.

Step 6: Cook over medium heat for 6 to 8 minutes, stirring occasionally and being careful that the onions do not burn. Meanwhile, add two to three tablespoons of bouillon powder to the water and mix thoroughly.

Alternative: Use a stock cube with about 2-3 cups of water, or buy pre-made stock in a carton (about the same amount).

Step 7: Add about 2-3 tablespoons of white powdered sugar to the onions, mix again until melted and incorporated. Replace the lid and continue cooking for about 4-5 minutes.

Step 8: Reduce the heat and stir in about 3-4 tablespoons of flour, until the mixture is thick and glutinous. Does it look super nasty? Yeah, good, so it’s on the right track.

Step 9: Slowly add the broth, stirring constantly and watching your onions form a rich, brown sauce. The flour will start a chemical reaction with the broth, combining to make the thick, delicious sauce you’ve been looking for.

Step 10: Add a few dashes of Worcestershire sauce, to taste, and mix well. Put the sausages in the sauce, stir until covered and boil for about 4-5 minutes, then serve.

Mashed Potato Instructions

The main point with mashed potatoes? Salt, pepper, butter. This is the trick for a tasty mash!

Step 1: Bring a pot of water to a boil and peel all your potatoes. Cut the potatoes into small slices so that they cook faster.

2nd step: Once the water boils, add the chopped and peeled potatoes to the water and cook until tender. Drain the water.

Step 3: Add about a quarter knob of butter to the potatoes, along with a generous dose of black pepper and a pinch of salt. Use a potato masher, large wooden spoon or fork to mash your potatoes until they are creamy and delicious.

Step 4: Serve your bangers and onion sauce over the mash, allowing the potatoes to retain a good amount of that delicious sauce flavor.

This recipe should serve a family of four, with two sausages each. If you need to feed more people, increase the proportions accordingly. The same goes for the reverse.

Sausage and Mash Recipe | Tips and tricks

Perfectionism is never a bad thing, however, we’ve rounded up some tips and tricks to help you make the most delicious bangers and mash possible.

  • Add the broth after the flour: Remember to always add the broth after the flour. This sauce contains onions, so you can’t remove the flour clumps if you add the flour after the broth.
  • Be liberal with your stock: You do not need to use the amount of broth suggested in this recipe. If you want the sauce to be thicker, add less broth. If you want the sauce to be thin, add more broth. You can also adjust the consistency via the amount of flour.
  • Do not salt the onion sauce: Stock, Worcestershire sauce and sausages all contain a lot of salt, so salting the sauce is not necessary. Instead, salt the mashed potatoes.
  • Watch out for onions: While cooking with the lid on, pay attention to whether they burn or not and keep the heat on medium. It can be very easy to burn them, especially once the sugar has been added.
  • Use the type of stock you want: It doesn’t matter if you use pre-made broth, powdered broth, broth tablets or homemade broth.
  • Oil: You can use whatever oil you want with the sausages, and if you chose juicy sausages, you might not even need it. When it comes to onions, however, you’ll want olive oil.
  • Worcestershire Sauce: Use as much of this delicious sauce as you want, but be careful as it is quite salty.
  • Brown the onions: Although you can use red onions, they taste very different and you’ll want to cook them differently. For the basic bangers and mash, stick to brown or white onions.
There are many fantastic sausages to use for bangers and mash.

There are many fantastic sausages to use for bangers and mash. © IMAGO / Ulrich Roth

Best sausages for bangers and mash

It’s amazing how many types of sausage there are in the world. From those delicious German sausages to those Italian specialties, to the heat of English or Irish sausages, it’s hard to go wrong.

The sausages and mash can, in theory, be made with any type of sausage. Do you have a favorite sausage? Well, why not try it!

Here are some great suggestions for a fantastic mash banger:

  • Mild pork sausages
  • Sausage
  • cumberland
  • Kielbasa
  • Irish firecrackers

What to serve with bangers and mash

Remember that bangers and mash are a high calorie meal and will fill you up pretty darn good. That being said, it’s always nice to have a few veggies with it, or something. You know, something to refresh your palette?

Try these few side dishes:

  • Boiled carrots or/and broccoli
  • Mashed, boiled or microwave peas.
  • Braised red cabbage
  • Roasted vegetables like carrots and parsnips
  • Assortment of grilled vegetables

The best things to have alongside your bangers and mash are humble, boiled vegetables. Add some peas too and you have the perfect meal.

Hit those bangers ‘n mash!

The sausages and mash should only take you a short time to assemble. There’s no boiling hot stuff for hours, it’s simple and healthy comfort food. Is it a rainy Friday night, are you chilling out with your kids and want something simple, easy and delicious to have while you watch the latest Marvel movie? Well, it’s a great choice for this scenario!

With a little practice and a few minor taste tweaks, you’ll be making great bangers and mashes in no time! Gather your family, choose a good movie and settle in for a night out. Enjoy!

Cover photo: IMAGO / agefotostock

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