Tag: British Bangers and Mash

HP Sauce, Mushy Peas, and Cromwell Somerdale Cheese Make for One Delicious British-Style Supper

HP Sauce, Mushy Peas, and Cromwell Somerdale Cheese Make for One Delicious British-Style Supper

Cooked and consumed before Alex’s and my wedding, this special supper included several British foods and sauces found at Northern California markets.

“Hold on. Don’t Mushy Peas belong with Bangers & Mash?” asked my loved one. “And shouldn’t we eat the Cromwell Somerdale cheese with the most common British bread?”

Preparing to cook.

“Yes,” I replied. “But we, as nothing but poor and unlucky Americans, need to eat the local beef and the frozen dinner rolls before they go bad.” (In this instance, I was half joking and half serious. I may not be lucky, but God provides me with many blessings.)

And so Alex, my parents, and I ate a sirloin steak dinner with British-style side dishes and sauces. Please allow me to detail the scrumptious meal.

Small Sirloin Steaks Completely Covered in HP Sauce

Sirloin steaks bought from a store fall somewhere between “tasty” and “merely acceptable” most of the time. On this night, Alex and I cooked the evening meal. Later we learned the steaks we served fell right dab in the middle.

Cooking the sirloin steaks and heating the Mushy Peas.

To help flavor everyone’s steak, I placed HP Sauce on the table. Browsing through Cost Plus World Market earlier in the week had enabled me to find this popular British sauce. Squealing with delight, I had snatched it quickly off the shelf.

Before tasting the sauce, I slathered it on my small sirloin. I was sure I would like it, and I was right. To me, who grew up with Worcestershire Sauce and A1 Sauce, it tasted like a mix between these two popular American sauces. How would my UK friends describe this sauce?

Mushy Peas Served as the Required Greens

Earlier in the year, Alex and I had cooked, eaten, and posted about home-cooked British Bangers and Mash. When Alex re-posted the blog post on Facebook, one friend said in mock-outrage, “What about the Mushy Peas?” We were confused.

The main side dishes and sauces for the meal.

So, after a little research, we realized either Heinz Beans or Mushy Peas could serve as a side dish to the popular dish. We decided to try the Mushy Peas, and found them at both Cost Plus World Market and Nugget Markets. If I remember correctly, the product was slightly cheaper at Nugget Markets.

On the night we cooked, I heated the Mushy Peas over the stove-top until the wooden spoon glided through the mush. Serving them in a simple dish, I scooped some unto my dinner plate to try. They tasted like……peas. More accurately, they tasted like my mother’s split-pea soup. Alex enjoyed them, and I found them tolerably good.

Cromwell Somerdale Cheese because We Wanted to Cut the Cheese

Granted, serving cheese as a main side dish seems odd. However, Alex and I had found the cheese section at Nugget Markets. And among this grocer’s cheese selection were many, many imported cheeses, including French, German, Mexican, Irish, Scottish, and British! We had to try some.

Everything else…

After picking through the selection, we settled on the Cromwell Somerdale cheese. This looked particularly good because of the chives and onions within the cheddar cheese. According to a UK website selling the cheese, we should have grilled it. Regardless, Cromwell Somerdale cheese is good straight from the block as well.

Non-Alcoholic British Drinks for an American Soda-Drinking Family

Lastly comes the British beverages we found at Cost Plus World Market. While the store had a large alcoholic beverage selection, my family chooses to abstain from alcohol to prevent giving a bad example to others in our faith. So, I picked up four different flavors of the British soda beverages.

The meal laid out on the table for a scrumptious meal!

Looking at the picture now, I remember that I drank the Fentimans Curiosity Cola while everyone else drank the Barr’s sodas. The predominant feature I remember about the Curiosity Cola was how flat the beverage tasted. Whereas American soda pop has ample amounts of carbonation, this drink had none.

The flavor evades description. Again, I wonder how my British friends would describe the flavor? As for me, I recommend my American readers to go out, buy, and try this mystery drink for themselves!

This likely isn’t a traditional British meal. However, my family and I enjoyed the British flavoring found within the dishes. All it needs is some sort of potato, and it would be a British-style meat and potato supper!

How We Cook British Bangers and Mash in the USA

How We Cook British Bangers and Mash in the USA

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

What we found at Walmart’s Neighborhood Market.

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.

British-Style Bangers, Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes, and Pork and Beans.

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.

British Style Bangers being grilled with butter.

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:

British bangers and mash served for dinner.

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.