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Bangers and Mash

Bangers and Mash

Today's recipe is a weekend favourite here at vegan.io but it can be your mid-week staple as well. We are dipping into British cuisine with this super yummy and easy to make vegan bangers and mash recipe. 

Have you ever heard of bangers and mash? If this is a new term in your kitchen let me explain really quick. This is a typical British dish consisting of sausages (bangers) and mashed potatoes (mash) served with onion gravy. It is simple but really good. 

If like me, you are wondering why would they call sausages bangers, well there's an old story to explain what seems to make no sense. The story dates back from the WWI times when there was a lot of lack in every aspect of life. 

One of those was food, and there was a big shortage of meat. Sausages were cheap and easily available, but to make them even cheaper producers started adding a lot of fillers. One of the main things they'd use was water. When the sausages where cooked they would explode. Bang! Hence, the name bangers. 

Bangers and Mash ingredients

Now, this is the term everyone uses and they probably don't even think about the word. It's become a staple in British cuisine and is commonly found in every single pub across the country.

The tradition has migrated to other places, such as Ireland and Scotland. Although, if you talk to some Scottish and Irish people they will say it was their contribution. I guess is one of those stories we will never know if it's true or not. 

What we do know is that we want to get that recipe veganised so we can stuff our faces ASAP. There are two things we need to work on, the sausages of course. And what some people might find surprising, but the onion gravy too. Many onion gravy recipes are made with drippings and stock made from chicken or beef. No, thank you! 

making mashed potatoes

The sausage part is easy. Nowadays we can find vegan sausage in almost every supermarket. So, whenever I know I'm headed to a crazy weekend or if I don't feel like cooking over the weekend I just have a package or two on a stand. 

This is one of those kitchen/cooking tricks that will make your life so much easier. And, as much as I love making food from scratch, there are times where you have to go with the flow and use the resources you have around you. 

I guess making the onion gravy vegan is also easy. The key is adding ingredients that bump up the taste. So we mixed Dijon mustard, nutritional yeast, soy sauce, onion, olive oil, corn starch, and veggie broth. You will end up with a rich flavour and the perfect consistency.

Mash your potatoes, fry those sausages, and boil some peas. Who you have already, just serve everything on a plate with a good dose of gravy drizzled all over. You and your family will love this delicious, fun and nourishing meal so much! 

Bangers and Mash vegan

Ingredients
8
Prep time
10 minutes
Total time
Category: Lunch, Dinner
Serves: 2
Allergens: Corn, Soy

Ingredients

For the mashed potatoes

  • 1 dash black pepper (ground)
  • 1 dash ground nutmeg (optional)
  • 2 tsps margarine
  • 453 g mealy potato (optional: remove skin)
  • ½ tsp sea salt
  • 122 g soy milk

For the gravy

  • ½ tablespoon corn starch (gravy)
  • 2 tbsps dijon mustard
  • 2 tbsps nutritional yeast
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • ½ medium onion (thinly chopped)
  • 2 tsps soy sauce
  • 111 g vegetable broth

For the vegan sausage

  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 4 pieces vegan sausage

For the peas

  • 134 g frozen green peas

Directions

  1. Boil the chopped potatoes until soft for about 15-20 minutes.
  2. Puree the potatoes together with the margarine, soy milk salt, pepper and nutmeg
  3. Boil the frozen peas in water until soft for about 3-5 minutes.
  4. For the gravy heat up the oil in a saucepan and saute the onions until fragrant for about 2-3 minutes.
  5. Dissolve the rest of the ingredients for the gravy in a glass before you add it to the saucepan and bring it to boil.
  6. Use a skillet to heat up the oil and roast the vegan sausages from all sites until golden brown for about 5 minutes.
  7. Serve the vegan sausage with peas and mashed potatoes on the side and add some gravy, enjoy!

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