Bangers and mash
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|Alternative names||Sausages and mash|
|Place of origin||United Kingdom|
|Main ingredients||Mashed potatoes, sausages|
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Bangers and mash, also known as sausages and mash, is a traditional British Isles dish made of mashed potatoes and sausages, the latter of which may consist of a variety of flavoured sausage made of pork or beef or a Cumberland sausage. It is sometimes served with onion gravy, fried onions, baked beans, or peas. It is mostly eaten in the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand.
This dish, even when cooked at home, may be thought of as an example of pub grub—relatively quick and easy to make in large quantities. More up-market varieties, with exotic sausages and mashes, are sold in gastropubs, as well as less sophisticated alternatives being available in regular public houses.
Although it is sometimes stated that the term "bangers" has its origins in World War II, the term was actually in use at least as far back as 1919. The term "bangers" is attributed (in common usage in the UK) to the fact that sausages made during World War I, when there were meat shortages, were made with such a high water content that were more liable to pop under high heat when cooked; modern sausages do not have this attribute.
In popular culture
- Peter Sellers recorded a song with Sophia Loren, "Bangers and Mash" (1961), extolling their virtues: "No wonder you're so bony Joe, and skinny as a rake. Well then, give us a bash at the bangers and mash me mother used to make".
- In chapter 6 of "All Things Wise and Wonderful", James Herriot wrote an episode in which the cook of their bachelor household went on holiday, and Tristan Farnon could only cook sausages and mash. Everyone else in the household became heartily sick of it.