Happy St. Patrick’s Day! This is the day filled with the green beer, leprechauns, Irish music and some traditional, Irish food. This year, I decided to make Bangers & Mash – a classic dish typically served in Irish pubs. The name bangers is believed to come from the habit of sausages bursting in the pan with a bang if cooked too quickly. To make this dish gluten free is fairly easy – just make sure your sausages do not contain gluten (most do not but double-check the ingredients just in case) and buy a gluten free gravy mix (my go-to brand is ClubHouse Onion Gravy Mix). Serve this dish with a couple of drops of green food colouring mixed with La Messagere Gluten Free beer (available at the LCBO) and you’ve got a delicious gluten free Irish meal!
Ingredients – serves 4
- 4 baking potatoes, peeled and sliced
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 tbsp margarine or butter
- 1/2 cup milk (or as needed)
- Kosher salt & pepper taste
- 1/4 cup parsley, chopped
- 4 sausages (I used chorizo but choose whatever type you prefer)
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1 white onion, chopped
- 1 cup chopped mushrooms
- 2 packets Gluten Free gravy mix (I used ClubHouse Onion Gravy Mix)
- 2 cups water (used to mix with gravy mix….double check package directions for your brand of gravy)
- 1/3 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees
- Grease a large casserole dish
- Place potatoes in large pot. Fill with cold water and cook until tender. Toss into a mixing bowl and combine potatoes with minced garlic, salt & pepper, butter/margarine, milk & parsley. Taste and add more milk if desired to make fluffier.
- In a frying pan, cook sausages in olive oil until done. Remove from pan and slice (you can leave them unsliced if you prefer). Set aside
- Add remaining olive oil into pan and cook the onion and mushrooms. Mix the gravy according to package’s directions and add to pan.
- Pour some of the gravy mixture into the bottom of the casserole dish to coat the bottom. Add sausages and pour remaining gravy on top. Finish with placing the mashed potatoes on the top.
- Cook for 15 minutes. Sprinkle with cheddar cheese and cook for another 5 minutes
- Serve and enjoy!