Our Bangers and Mash Recipe:  A Traditional and Delicious Irish Expression!

A delicious bangers and mash recipe is a favorite found on pub menus throughout Ireland and around the world.

Irish Sausages - Bangers and Mash

Many years ago, Irish sausages gained their popular nickname - 'bangers' - from the sound they made if they burst. 

This could occur if the sausage was cooked too fast, if it contained too much bread (sometimes used as filler if meat was in short supply) or both!

The expansion of the bread caused an explosion in the pan; hence the word 'banger,' and its fame as the key ingredient in the popular meal 'bangers and mash.'

The secret to authentic taste is in the way you cook it, whether homemade or purchased from the market. Oh, and the onion gravy you make to go with it!

Irish Sausages: Ingredients

  • 1 cup of powdery ground rusk (or dry breadcrumbs)
  • 1 ½ cups of chicken stock
  • 5 tsp of salt
  • 2 tsp of mace
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 4 tsp black pepper
  • 1 crushed clove of garlic
  • ¾ tsp dried sage or 1 ½ tsp fresh sage
  • 4 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp allspice
  • 5 pounds pork shoulder


1. Grind the meat on a medium grind. The colder the meat is, the easier it is to work with, so putting the meat in the freezer is a good idea. We did, for approximately 15 to 20 minutes.

2. Chill the ground meat. The freezer is still a great way to get the mission accomplished. A half hour makes the meat easier to use.

3. Grind the meat again, but on now use a smaller die on the grinder, grinding it finer.

4. Mix all the dry ingredients, and then put them and the chicken stock in the bowl with the pork. You can mix by hand or use a mixer to blend the ingredients thoroughly. It will be sticky.

5. Stuff the casings.

Cooking Them

Cooking the sausages is easier than we made it sound at the beginning. Simmer first for 20 minutes, then brown the outside in a skillet or oven broiler.

By cooking the bangers slowly, they won't burst and lose their juices.

Add the 'Mash'

I simply quarter potatoes and boil them until soft. Rice them. Add a bit of milk and butter, mix and add more milk and butter, whip until fluffy. 

And presto!  Bangers and mash!

I Love this Bangers and Mash Recipe! 
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