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Bangers and mash, also known as sausages and mash, is a traditional dish of Great Britain comprising sausages served with mashed potatoes. It may consist of one of a variety of flavoured sausages made of pork, lamb, or beef (often specifically Cumberland sausage)[1]. The dish is sometimes served with onion gravy, fried onions, or peas.[2][3][4]

Bangers and mash
Irish bangers and mash.jpg
Irish pork sausage with mashed potato
Alternative namesSausages and mash
Place of originUnited Kingdom
Main ingredientsMashed potatoes, sausages
Bangers and mash in vegetarian style

This dish, even when cooked at home, may be thought of as an example of pub grub, meaning it is relatively quick and easy to make in large quantities.[1] More up-market varieties, with exotic sausages and mashes, are sold in gastropubs, with less sophisticated alternatives being available in regular public houses (pubs).

In 2009, the dish was listed as Britain's most popular comfort food in a survey commissioned by TV channel Good Food.[5]



Although it is sometimes stated that the term "bangers" has its origins in World War II, the term was actually in use at least as far back as 1919.[6] The term "bangers" is attributed (in common usage in the UK) to the fact that sausages made during World War I, when there were meat shortages, were made with such a high water content that they were more liable to pop under high heat when cooked.[1][7] The contraction of "mashed potato" to "mashed" rather than "mash" was common among the upper-middle and upper classes in Britain up to the mid-twentieth century, and was an example of U and non-U English.[citation needed]

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  1. ^ a b c "Bangers and Mash". Encyclopædia Britannica Online. 2015. Retrieved 6 December 2015.
  2. ^ "Bangers and mash with onion gravy and peas". BBC Food. Retrieved 28 July 2018.
  3. ^ "Bangers with herby mash and onion gravy". BBC Food. Retrieved 28 July 2018.
  4. ^ Lindsey, Bareham. Dinner tonight : 200 dishes you can cook in minutes. London: Mitchell Beazley. ISBN 9781784721213. OCLC 957647044.
  5. ^ "Bangers and mash most popular comfort food as Britons eat more during credit crunch". The Daily Telegraph. 22 June 2009. Retrieved 19 October 2018.
  6. ^ "banger, n.4". The Oxford English Dictionary. 2nd ed. 1989. OED Online. Oxford University Press. 6 April 2007. (subscription required)
  7. ^ Jane Fryer (6 September 2010). "Why ARE sausages called bangers? And what on earth's Caesar got to do with salad? The fascinating origins of our favourite dishes". Daily Mail. Retrieved 28 September 2017.

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