Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Weekday Meal Wednesday... Bangers and Mash!

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Happy St. Patty's Week!  This is not so much a recipe as an easy weeknight meal idea.  It also doesn't have to be St. Patty's Day to eat it.  Once again, TJ's (Trader Joe's) has provided the inspiration for a weekday meal.  I sampled these "bangers" at lunch and had to pick some up for dinner.  I know this is a simpled recipe and wasn't going to write it out, but at work today, a coworker revealed they didn't know how to make mashed potatoes and I had a "duh" moment when I realized not everyone grew up cooking so here goes.

  • 1 package of "bangers" (any sausage will do)
  • Potatoes, if red, leave the skins on and just clean
  • 1 bag frozen peas
  • 1 large onion, julienned
  • Buttaaa
  • a handful of thyme, minced
  • a handful of parsley, minced
  • some sour cream, yogurt, or milk
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • and of course... BEER!


  1. Put the potatoes in a medium saucepan and cover with water.  Boil. 
  2. Meanwhile, saute "bangers" in a skillet over medium-high heat until browned on all sides and the juices run clear.  Remove from skillet and cover.
  3. Saute onion until edges are browned and caramelized...mmmmhh.
  4. Warm some of the butter in a pan with the minced thyme.  Add the frozen peas and heat until warmed. 
  5. Check potatoes, if soft enough for a fork to relatively easily go through them, then drain.
  6. Heat butter in saucepan you boiled potatoes in.  Add garlic and saute until fragrant (30 seconds to 1 minute). Add potatoes, parsley, a dash of sour cream, a dash of milk, salt and pepper to taste and MASH baby MASH.  If dry, add more sour cream and milk in small increments until you get the consistency you want.  I like a rough mash... that's what she said (I <3 you Office).  
  7. Serve. Eat. Drink Beer.
All done!
So do y'all have any St. Patty's Day meal favorites? traditions? How is everyone planning to celebrate St. Patty's Day?

Happy Hump Day!
~ Julie

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  1. love the TJ's inspiration ;) I also love your Le Creuset--we have the cobalt blue spoon rest and tea pot, along with a host of other fun stuff! yay! happy Wednesday! xoxo {av}

  2. i love this meal simply for how much fun it is to say....bangers and mash! lol

  3. Yum. I can't get enough potatoes. That's the Irish in me :)

  4. i love Saint Patrick's... will be fun for sure!

  5. Wish I could have shared it with y'all because it was delish!
    @ AV I love my teapot and spoon rest, but my favorite Le Creuset item is our 5 qt oval French oven. I survive on braises in the winter...mmmmh.
    @ Ashley the name was the reason it caught my eye in the first place... and yes I am 10 years old.


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