Bangers and Mash is one of my all time favourite comfort foods ! No question! It is so yummy and SO EASY!! My take on this traditional recipe is GREATLY popular amongst my family and friends as it comes with "bonus features" hehe.... and whilst it generally consists of sweet potato mash these days (carb conscious and all) - it can swing either way and is equally decadent!
Before I continue with this post - I must just warn you - when I post the things I prepare and cook, there will very seldom be structured "method and ingredients" lists, because I do not cook with recipes - I just pretty much "wing it!"
so, on that note...
Firstly I dish the mash into the centre of the plate and top it with caramelised onions.
On top of that I add the bangers (two per person is normally adequate) and then I top that with lovely crispy bacon, gravy over everything and then finally I top it with some fresh rocket.
I normally dish it with very finely sliced red and green pepper strips around the plate, but last night I served it with fresh tomato and feta on the side. It is THE BEST BANGERS AND MASH I have ever had (even if I do say so myself) hehe :)
I normally boil the bangers to begin with - instead of sticking them straight under the grill or in a pan - as this keeps them nice and juicy inside... then you simply need to crisp them up at the end.
Fry or grill the bacon as you would normally....
For the caramelised onions: Slice about 2 onions into rings (or more - depending on how many people you are making for) - work on about 1 medium onion per person. Place them in your pot or pan. Add about 2 teaspoons of sugar (one flat teaspoon of sugar per onion) and then add about one dessert spoon of balsamic vinegar (one spoon per 2 onions) and fry until lovely and golden and sticky :)
I am also quite "famous" for my mashed potato - the secret comes from my mom and would probably make any health guru "cringe" hehe... the secret is a VERY healthy dose of butter to the mashed potato when mashing... so boil the potatoes, mash them after adding the marg/butter, add some salt and fine black pepper and once the butter/marg is mashed through, add some milk (or cream if you prefer). For a little extra freshness - add some finely chopped parsley (but don't be too heavy handed with this as it can be a little over bearing) - To give you an idea of the "amount of butter" work on about two heaped dessert spoons per 5 medium potatoes (yes i know!!! its a lot!! lol) - trust me, its worth it!! :)
Somebody once said to me, that mashed potato should never be completely 'smooth' - and I can honestly say, now that I have taken that into consideration... I agree wholeheartedly! A little bit of texture in the mash is amazing... and a little less like baby food too. hehe :)
Really one of the simplest dishes around but it certainly doesn't lack in the TASTE department and even though bangers and mash is considered a 'comfort food' - this version can quite easily be served to your dinner guests and I can assure you - they will be impressed!
Until next time - bon apettit
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