True Bangers and Mash with Onion Gravy


Bangers and mash gets its name because sausages used to bang or burst while cooking. Mash, meanwhile, refers to the mashed potatoes. This recipe was a staple at our home in Dublin at Halloween. It is a very cheap, very traditional supper, and one that truly requires good sausage. Please note that this is a very thin gravy, as is traditional. It will still be very liquidy.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
50 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 5 mins


  • 4 links pork sausage

  • 2 pounds potatoes, peeled and cubed

  • ¼ cup butter

  • 2 tablespoons milk (Optional)

  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard powder

  • salt and ground black pepper to taste

  • 1 tablespoon butter

  • 2 large onions, chopped

  • 6 cups beef broth

  • 2 cups red wine


  1. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees F (95 degrees C).

  2. Cook sausages in a skillet over medium-low heat until browned, about 5 minutes per side; transfer to an oven-safe dish and keep warm in the preheated oven.

  3. Place potatoes into a saucepan over medium heat and cover with water; bring to a boil and simmer until potatoes are tender, 10 to 15 minutes. Drain and allow to steam dry for a minute or two. Mix in 1/4 cup of butter, milk, dry mustard, salt, and black pepper; mash until fluffy and smooth. Set aside.

  4. Melt 1 tablespoon butter in a skillet over medium-high heat. Add onions; cook and stir until translucent and just starting to brown, about 8 minutes. Pour in beef broth and red wine; bring to a boil and simmer until reduced to half its volume, about 10 minutes. Season with salt and black pepper.

  5. Serve sausages with mashed potatoes; pour onion gravy on top.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

516 Calories
20g Fat
50g Carbs
14g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 516
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 20g 25%
Saturated Fat 11g 54%
Cholesterol 58mg 19%
Sodium 1414mg 61%
Total Carbohydrate 50g 18%
Dietary Fiber 6g 23%
Total Sugars 6g
Protein 14g
Vitamin C 50mg 252%
Calcium 92mg 7%
Iron 3mg 19%
Potassium 1472mg 31%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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