Every few months, I place a rather large order on Tommy Moloney’s online shop for Irish speciality meats and products. I order corned beef, cocktail sausages, breakfast sausages, rashers (Irish bacon), black pudding and white pudding. Before I knew about the site, whenever we’d have a taste for something Irish, I’d either have to make it from scratch (so basically just shepherd’s pie) or go out to James Joyce Irish pub in Harbor East. They do a delicious Irish potato soup and I really like their bangers and mash with onion gravy. By the way, bangers are Irish style sausages. Funny name, I know 😉
When I first cooked the sausages, I did it all wrong. I didn’t know that you are supposed to shallow fry them in oil. I put in a drop or two of oil and the sausages sort of turned black and burned HAHA. Oops! My mash was always pretty lumpy too. I’m much better at preparing bangers and mash now. It is an incredibly easy dish to put together. Pour an inch or so of vegetable/canola/peanut oil in a pan, heat, place in the sausages and cook until brown and plump. I like to turn the sausages in the oil to brown all the sides evenly. Will I ever try to make sausages from scratch? If make means buy and scratch means Tommy Moloney 😉 then yes! HAHA. I kid I kid. Maybe one day. First, I’d like to perfect a steak and kidney pie recipe.
Tommy Moloney offers cocktail, breakfast and jumbo ‘banger’ sausages. I believe they are the same sausage but made in different sizes. They also offer Hot Whiskey and Stout & Onion sausages. We haven’t tried those yet, but they sound incredible.
This was our lunch cooking on the stove. 4 sausages each, shallow frying in the pan. Don’t they look delicious?!
We boiled 3 Russet Potatoes and put them through a potato ricer. Potato ricers are so handy for mash, but a hand masher works just as well.
Ok, so I didn’t actually make the mash today. 😉 HAHA. Kevin puts the perfect amount of milk, butter and salt and it always turns out so tasty and smooth. (He made the mash for the Shepherd’s Pie the other day too. Let’s just assume any time there’s a dish with mash, he made it.)
A few years ago, we hosted a Christmas party at our house. I had this elaborate menu planned in my head – part Italian, part Irish. We started the evening with an assortment of cured Italian meats and cheeses, smoked salmon and brown bread, and a big platter of cocktail sausages. We served a pork roast with roast potatoes, roast vegetables, Italian sausage ragu pasta and salad. For dessert Kevin prepared Christmas trifle and then I made my special Panzanella (Italian bread salad) for round two. You know round two, when you start getting peckish again after having taken a break from eating and drinking all night HAHA. Now you see we were hosting 12-14 guests, so I ordered 3 lbs. of smoked salmon and 5 lbs. of cocktail sausages from the site. WHAT WAS I THINKING?! We had so much other food, we didn’t need more than a pound or a pound and a half of each. We had cocktail sausages and salmon for days! We had them with bread, rice, mash, fries, pasta… Now, I buy them in 1 lb. packs! 😉
This is a photo of lunch the next day. Farfalle pasta with smoked salmon and peas, and a bowl of cocktail sausages.
I like to eat Irish sausages with gravy, ketchup, or brown sauce. A few brands of brown sauce we use are HP, Chef and YR. We like YR the best. You can find HP in most grocery stores in the condiments aisle. I’ve seen Chef sauce in some stores but it’s not as common as HP. We usually order it online. I don’t think they sell YR sauce in the states. We brought home a bottle of YR sauce from our last trip to Ireland. Irish sausages are also really good sandwiched in soft white bread with butter. YUM!
Check out James Joyce Irish Pub in Harbor East for a plate of Bangers and Mash (and other fine Irish dishes) or order a pound or two online. (Oh and I recommend the corned beef from Tommy Moloney. It’s great! The meat is pickled just right!) If you know any other shops in the area or online that sell good Irish products do share in the comments section below. If you haven’t tried Bangers and Mash, give it a try and let me know what you think. I love it!
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