Bangers and Mash With Onion Gravy

Bangers and Mash with Onion Gravy by @SpicieFoodie | #bangersandmash #british #sausage #mashedpotatoes

Bangers and Mash is a delicious traditional British dish of sausage (bangers) and mashed potatoes (mash). The sausages used can be made of pork, beef or a peppery Cumberland type. Often times the dish is served with onion gravy, fried onions, baked beans and/or peas. This dish is iconic of British working-class dishes and it is ubiquitous to British and Irish pubs around the world.  *

Bangers and Mash with Onion Gravy by @SpicieFoodie | #bangersandmash #british #sausage #mashedpotatoes

I was introduced to Bangers and Mash by husband many years ago while dinning in and Irish pub. Though very simple it is a hearty, comforting, and delicious meal. This is one of my hubby’s favorite meals and one he rarely passes up an opportunity to enjoy. Several years ago he taught me how to prepare it and since then I have tweaked his recipe and cooked it for him now and then.

Last Thursday in my lentils and sausage recipe I told you I’d share the recipe and reason why my husband had purchased those peppery pork sausages, this is it. It is such a simple recipe but one I guarantee the whole family will love. I always serve it with a brown onion gravy and mashed potatoes made from scratch. You could of course use ready made but the extra effort will not go unnoticed.

Bangers and Mash with Onion Gravy by @SpicieFoodie | #bangersandmash #british #sausage #mashedpotatoes Before we get to the recipe I would like to point out to purest that I know these sausages aren’t the ones traditionally used. But they are the only peppery sausage variety I can find here and ones that comes as close as possible to the traditionally used sausage.

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Bangers and Mash is a delicious traditional British dish of sausage and mashed potatoes. An iconic British working-class dish that is ubiquitous to British and Irish pubs around the world.
Recipe type: Dinner, Main, Lunch
Cuisine: British, Irish
Serves: 2-3
Onion Gravy Ingredients:
  • 1 tbsp olive or vegetable oil
  • 2 medium yellow onions, sliced
  • 3 cups or 750 ml beef stock
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp salt or to taste
  • ½ tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 - 2 tbsp cornstarch or flour or Knorr brown sauce thickener to thicken
Additional Ingredients:
  • peppery pork sausages (Cumberland is a great choice) as many as desired
  • mashed potatoes*
  1. Mashed potatoes should be cooked first and be ready to serve. Peel and thinly slice the onion. Heat the oil and saute the onion until browned and caramelized. Add all remaining gravy ingredients, except the cornstarch/flour/Knorr. Simmer under low heat for 10 minutes. Add the cornstarch/flour/Knorr and continue cooking until the gravy thickens. Turn heat off and set aside.
  2. Fry the sausages until cooked through. Scoop a heaping amount of mashed potatoes onto a plate, place the sausages on top and pour the onion gravy over them.
This post tells you how I prepare my mashed potatoes


Bangers and Mash with Onion Gravy by @SpicieFoodie | #bangersandmash #british #sausage #mashedpotatoes


So my recipe may not be an exact traditional British one, but not bad for a Mexican girl who only heard of Bangers and Mash a few years ago.


How about you have you ever eaten Bangers and Mash?

Happy Sunday everyone!



  1. says

    Well, you’ve nailed this one. Love the fact you add worcestershire sauce to your gravy, me to. The link to your mash not working, but I’d assume it’s not lumpy LOL.

    Defo is a comfort dish, I name this a lot when my in-laws visit, but I use quorn sausages for myself!

    Could just eat this now.

  2. says

    A beautiful plate of true comfort food Nancy! I had bangers and mash at a dinner party at the home of friends who host a ‘bangers and mash’ party once a year-kind of a fun idea I think ;-)

    • says

      Thanks Suzanne! I agree it’s a meal for any and all occasions. Yes, I saw those once and thought it was just yucky. It was just a sealed container with the mash inside — not for me.

  3. Eha says

    Am laughing: milady, bangers and mash is known by each and every person, of whatever race or background, right around Australia and New Zealand. Yes, it is basically blue collar pub food . . . but many do love and make it!!

    • says

      That is so true Eha, I also think it’s just one of those international dishes everyone’s at least heard of. Thanks, hope you’ve had a lovely weekend.

  4. says

    I’m thrilled to see a recipe for onion gravy and this is another meal my husband would love. Though I have to admit when I saw the title of this post I giggle immaturely a little bit. :) Thanks for the recipe!

  5. says

    My Irish friends would love this, for sure, and so would I. I really love the sound of the onion gravy–will have to put this on the menu sometime.

    Your pictures are so pretty I couldn’t decide which to pin! :)

  6. says

    I do believe that this would also become one of my husband’s favorite meals and possible mine as well. We don’t eat meat and potatoes much, but we do love it and this dish is so full of great flavors! I can just imagine cutting a piece of sausage and using it to scoop up some mashed potatoes all for that delicious bite! YUM!!

  7. says

    Thanks for reminding me of a dish I haven’t had in years. It’s so hard to beat a rustic meal like this sometimes. Whole Foods had a variety of different sausages and it would be fun to experiment! Thanks for another great recipe and fantastic photos!

  8. Sarah says

    Just a note about the beef stock measurements for the gravy…3 cups is 750 mL, not 1.5 L! That would be twice as much!


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