Budget Bangers and Mash

Just because you’re on a budget, doesn’t mean that food needs to taste cheap.

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Just because you’re on a budget, doesn’t mean that food needs to taste cheap. These delicious Bangers and Mash are comforting and affordable.


Serves four

2 tablespoons vegetable oil
8 thick sausages

For the mash

900g floury potatoes, peeled and quartered
6 tablespoons milk
110g butter, cubed
Salt and ground black pepper

For the onion gravy

2 medium onions, peeled and thinly sliced
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 tablespoons butter
1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
700ml beef stock
4 teaspoons corn flour
4 teaspoons cold water
Salt and black pepper


Heat the oil in a large frying pan and gently fry the sausages until they are golden brown, turning them occasionally. Once cooked place in an ovenproof dish and keep warm.

Boil the potatoes in lightly salted water until soft. Drain, and keep warm until ready to mash. While the potatoes are cooking, make the gravy.

To make the gravy, melt the oil and butter in a large saucepan over a gentle heat. Add the onions and cover with a lid. Cook slowly for about 10 minutes. Add the sugar and balsamic vinegar to the onions and stir well. Cover with the lid and continue to cook for a further five minutes then add the stock and boil gently for five minutes.

In a heatproof jug or bowl mix the corn flour with the cold water to form a thin paste. Pour a little of the hot gravy into the starch mixture and mix thoroughly until smooth. Pour the starch mixture back into the gravy, raise the heat to high and boil for 10 minutes or until the gravy is slightly thickened. Keep warm until ready to serve.

Mash by placing the milk and butter in the pan used to boil the potatoes, return to the heat and warm gently until the butter has melted. Next, add the potatoes and mash until smooth. Season to taste.

Serve the sausages with mash and then pour over the gravy. Chop some chives over the plate if desired.


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    1st May 2012
    Also OK to fry the sausages in a little water which draws out the oil from the sausage so reducing the amount of fat. Throw in a little sliced garlic for added delight...
    7th Feb 2013
    I love Chicken Sausages. I tend to prick them whilst cooking to let the fat out. I am on a low fat diet. The potatoes I boil and then add a little skim milk and mash in, I don't add butter. I like to add Chives for flavour, season to taste. You can buy Gravox Low Fat, but I like it plain with Tomato Sauce. Yum!
    Pass the Ductape
    7th Feb 2013
    Mmmmmmm!! Dee-licious!!
    7th Feb 2013
    I would love to get a pricing guide on the recipes printed here. On a single age pension I just can't afford most of the recipe's published. With -Autumn and Winter coming on it will soon be time to break out the veggie soup! Sally

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