Bangers and Mash; a SRC Tribute

A couple weeks ago, fellow Secret Recipe Club member, Daniel Saraga of the Haggis and the Herring passed away very suddenly.  You can read his wife's eulogy here on their blog.  Keep your tissues handy, you can feel her love and sorrow as you read and your heart will ache for their family.

Though I didn’t know Daniel personally, I know he will be greatly missed.  Daniel could always be counted on to answer a blogging question or to comment on every single SRC post.

As a tribute to Daniel, SRC members are all making something from Daniel’s blog today.  Because the Haggis and Herring is all about flavors from around the world, specifically European influences, I decided to make some “pub grub”, Bangers and Mash.

Thank to the endless well of completely accurate knowledge that is Wikipedia, I learned that the sausages in bangers and mash were originally coined so, because the cheaper, water filled sausages could suddenly explode while cooking and cause a bang, thus bangers.

My husband and I thought this dish was delicious, though I wish I had gotten to try it with happier circumstances.  With that, don’t forget to take a look at some of the other tributes to Daniel by clicking through the links below.

I pray that Daniel is at peace and I pray that his family finds comfort and healing in this difficult time.

Recipe Notes:
*Rather than links, I used a sausage coil I bought at a local butcher shop and cut it into links after it was fully cooked.
*Always remember to cook with a wine that you would drink!

Bangers and Mash

5 country style pork sausages (about 1 lb)

2 tbsp canola oil
1 large onion, thinly sliced
1 tbsp all purpose flour
1 cup chicken stock
½ cup dry red wine
1 tbsp Dijon mustard
Dash of Worcestershire sauce
Salt & pepper to taste

4-6 potatoes, cut in chunks and peeled, if desired (about 1 ½ lb)
½ cup lowfat milk
2 tbsp margarine
Dash of nutmeg
Dash of sea salt

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.  Place the sausage in a baking dish and bake for 30 minutes, turning once half way through, until cooked through completely.

To make the gravy, heat the oil in a medium saucepan.  Add the onions and cook over medium heat until they begin to brown, 15-20 minutes.  Add the flour and cook for another minute.  Whisk in the chicken stock, wine, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, salt and pepper.  Bring to a simmer and cook until the gravy is thickened.

Meanwhile, boil the potatoes in a pot of lightly salted water until tender; 15-20 minutes.  Drain and place the potatoes, milk, margarine, salt, and nutmeg in a bowl.  Mash with a potato masher until mostly smooth.

To serve, place a dollop of potatoes in the center of a plate.  Top with sausages and a ladle of gravy.

Serves 2-3


  1. Amy look really delicious! I will miss Daniel too!
    I made my tribute too!

  2. I don't think I've ever seen this dish look so appetizing! Great pics. And excellent choice - a wonderful tribute to Daniel.

  3. Beautiful dish, Amy. Great tribute to Daniel.

  4. This is the second bangers and mash tribute for Daniel today. Now I HAVE to take that trip to England! :)

  5. Fabulous dish, great history lesson, and beautiful tribute. As for the recipe, you had me at "wine".

  6. Cooking with wine is a must! Love your note to cook with a wine you would drink. So true. Very nice tribute to Daniel.

  7. Interest about bangers, I did not know that. Hard to believe what has happened to Daniel and great feelings to his family--guess we can take it as a good reminder to hold our loved ones dear!

  8. I didn't know about bangers, thanks for the information. Nice tribute.

  9. This looks so good! My husband and I love to visit an Irish pub that's close to our house, and bangers and mash is one of his favorites to order. Now I can surprise him with it at home!

  10. I never knew that about bangers! Thank you for using the badge Amy :)

  11. I love bangers and mash. What a wonderful tribute to Daniel! Thanks for stopping by my blog!

  12. This would make a wonderful weeknight meal.

  13. I also read the eulogy and was on the brink of tears. Now this dish is a wonderful tribute

  14. Mmm, looks good. We spent our honeymoon in Ireland and totally fell in love with bangers and mash, yum! I'm so sorry to hear about Daniel's passing, but I love that everyone is making a meal in memory of him. I'm sure he would be just thrilled. :-)

    Thanks for sharing at The Fun In Functional!

  15. I didn't know Daniel but it really is so sad to hear the news. This is a lovely way to pay tribute to him and his blog. Honestly my heart was just breaking and I couldn't make it to the end of his wife's eulogy. Thanks for sharing this.

  16. I love how you chose something that was true to him and his wife's blog :) So very sweet! He definitely was so reliable for blogging and techy questions. The bangers and mash looks so good!


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