I’ve written before about my Irish heritage and the foods I’ve adapted from my family’s traditional recipes.
One traditional Irish favorite that I’ve adapted to my real food lifestyle is Irish bangers & mash. Like many Irish dishes, it involves meat and potatoes, but I make it without the potatoes. This is a simple and satisfying meal. Try it on St. Patty’s Day!
You can also try making a homemade corned beef without the chemicals used in store bought versions so you can make homemade corned beef and cabbage.
What is Bangers and Mash?
“Bangers” is the term often used for sausage in Ireland and “mash” refers to the potatoes being mashed instead of being prepared another way. The term “bangers” originates from sausages made in the WWII era when due to rationing and food shortages, additives and water were added to the sausages, making them more prone to exploding when cooked.
Irish Bangers and Mash Recipe
- 2 bags frozen cauliflower
- 1 lb sausage
- 2 medium onions
- ½ cup beef broth
- 1 tsp coconut flour (or arrowroot powder)
- 3 TBSP butter (or coconut oil)
- 3 TBSP cream cheese (optional)
- ½ tsp salt
- ¼ tsp pepper
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp basil
- In a large pot, bring 2 quarts of water to a boil.
- Add the cauliflower.
- Boil until soft.
- Remove from heat.
- While the cauliflower is cooking, brown the sausages in a skillet over medium high heat.
- When the sausages are cooked, remove them from the pan and set aside.
- Slice the onions and add them to the pan.
- Cook the onions until they are soft and add beef broth to deglaze pan.
- Add coconut or arrowroot flour to the broth to thicken it
- Drain the cauliflower.
- With an immersion blender or hand blender, blend the cauliflower, butter, cream cheese if using, and spices until smooth.
- Scoop cauliflower "potatoes" onto a plate and serve with whole or sliced sausage .
- Top with onion gravy.
A toast for your Irish Dinner:
May your mornings bring joy
and your evenings bring peace…
May your troubles grow less
as your blessings increase!
Ever had bangers and mash before? Willing to try it? Let me know below!
Discussion (4 Comments)
i just made this and the cauliflower mash was great!! i used an elk sausage rather than beef since i already had it. this meal is on our menu now!!
My favorite fast meal is left over cooked broccoli,left over rice, lemon juice-chic base-salsa-butter, and grated cheddar cheese. Mix altogether and bake for 25 minutes or roll in fish fillets and bake. It is wonderful and I find I eat to much of it.
I was all set to make this, not thinking because it’s a meat product to read the label second ingredient was bread crumbs. Lesson learned read everything.
I love bangers and mash, and was really sorry to see that go.