The United Kingdom has given the world many wondrous things such as Stonehenge, The Highland games ,Knights, Castles, Damsels in distress and people such as Monty Python and the Late Benny Hill but they have also given us something else that is oft times thought of as bland, tasteless and just plain boring—— FOOD.
They have given us such things as English Fish and Chips, Yorkshire Pudding, Spotted Dick (that’s a pudding not some strange male disease) Steak and Kidney pie and one that I really like for its taste and simplicity… Bangers and Mash.
Now bangers and mash is very simply Sausage and Mashed potatoes with a vegetable, usually peas, and a beef gravy. This dish gets its name from the original type of English sausage that was used because when it cooked it would literally “bang” and pop in the pan.
The other great thing about this dish besides its simplicity is it is relatively inexpensive to make. The ingredients at the market I use would run about $15.00 and depending on the number of sausage in the package, usually 6, I could feed a family of 3 and they would be rather well fed.
– One package sausage— English bangers if you can find them or if not mild Italian will do
– 5 or 6 Medium Yukon Gold potatoes
– 4 Tablespoons butter
– ¼ Cup Milk
– 2 Tins of No Name peas
– 2 Tins of beef gravy
– Pre heat your grill to 350 degrees. If you don’t have a grill then pan fry on medium heat until done
– While the sausage is cooking boil your potatoes on medium high until fork tender
– Mash the potatoes and add the butter and milk and incorporate well
– Heat the peas and the gravy in separate pots
– When the sausage is cooked put some mashed potatoes on part of your plate and top with the sausage and gravy
– Add the peas and enjoy
If you feel ambitious and the budget can handle it you may also wish to add some mushrooms to the gravy or sauté some onions.
In any event this is a “simple but tasty” recipe that also happens to be inexpensive.
Until next time…………