I freely confess to my ignorance of British bangers and mash. Clueless. Confused. Mystified. When my father mentioned them at the dinner table, nothing but a large question mark appeared in my head.
American breakfast sausage, Italian sausage, and low-fat turkey sausage are familiar to me. I’ve tried them all, particularly enjoying the flavorful Italian sausages, and eat them somewhat regularly. In regard to British bangers, I might have remained in ignorance for far longer without Alex’s knowledge and observation.
How We Came Across the British Bangers
My parents had left for a business trip, leaving Alex and me to fend for ourselves in the kitchen. That left one thing for us to do: go grocery shopping at Walmart’s Neighborhood Market!
We picked up several items for our favorite homemade dishes, including spinach tortillas, ranch dressing, and chicken breasts. Since we had time on our hands, we also meandered through the aisles, observing the items on the selves.
The fruit and veggie section led to the precooked food section, and the precooked food section led to the sausage section. And there, tucked away on a top, refrigerated shelf, were Saag’s British Style Bangers!
Alex spotted them first. “Ooh!” he said, and he turned to grab my attention. At first, I was confused as to his excitement in the sausage section, but I looked up to where he pointed, and then it was me who squealed in excitement.
How to Cook British Bangers and Mash
How did one eat British Style Bangers? Alex and I had to do some research to learn how to prepare the British bangers we bought. Were they a breakfast food? What served as good side dishes?
My computer-savvy fiance soon found out to cook the British bangers with mashed potatoes and baked beans, and to serve them for dinner. So we searched the cupboards, excited to find some instant garlic mashed potato bags and some Pork and Beans. We set to work.
Alex melted some butter on a grilling pan and grilled the British Style Bangers. We heated up the Pork and Beans in a separate pan, and I used the microwave to create the instant garlic mashed potatoes. We skipped the gravy, because I’m persnickety about that brown stuff.
How to Serve British Bangers and Mash
Again, thanks to my fiance and his technology research skills, we knew how to serve the British bangers and mash. We had two options on how to serve the baked beans, so we chose the following method:
First, I laid down a somewhat even layer of garlic mashed potatoes. Since we had four British bangers, I placed two on top of the mashed potatoes. Finally, I placed some heated baked beans in-between the bangers, on top of the mashed potatoes.
To my delight, Alex called the plate “beautiful.”
An Opinion on How British Bangers and Mash Taste
My father had warned me that since I cared little for homemade steak, potatoes, and gravy, I would probably dislike British food. He might have been right.
Saag’s British Style Bangers tasted like mild American breakfast sausage. These bangers came from pork, so the similarity makes sense.
Mixed together, the dish was enjoyable enough. Separated from the baked beans and garlic mashed potatoes, the British Style Bangers would have been too bland.
Overall, I would recommend trying bangers and mash in the United Kingdom. Saag’s, which makes their products in the United States, only will please those with milder tastes.