Over a half a year ago I came across a recipe for Bangers and Colcannon with Guinness Gravy on What Lolita Eats and I immediately thought that it would be a perfect recipe for St Patrick’s Day. It was difficult, but I resisted making it right away, bookmarked it and waited impatiently for St Patrick’s Day to arrive and it was finally time. This dish consists of pork sausages that are served on colcannon, an Irish form of mashed potatoes with bacon and sauteed cabbage mixed in, and topped with a Guinness gravy. You really cannot go wrong with creamy mashed potatoes, bacon, sausages and a tasty caramelized onion gravy made with Guinness and it is pure comfort food! The recipe takes a bit of time to make but it is pretty easy and if you multitask it will come together even faster and it is definitely worth the effort.
Bangers and Colcannon with Guinness Onion Gravy
Bangers served on Irish colcannon and smothered in a sweet, savoury and malty Guinness onion gravy.
- 1 pound potatoes, peeled and diced
- 1/4 pound bacon, cut into 1 inch slices
- pepper to taste
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1/4 small head cabbage, thinly sliced
- 4 green onions, sliced
- salt and pepper
- 1 tablespoon oil
- 1 pound sausage (Irish or English bangers if you can get them)
- 1 large onion, sliced
- 1 clove garlic, chopped
- 1 teaspoon thyme, chopped
- 2 tablespoons flour
- 1 bottle Guinness
- 2 tablespoons mustard
- 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1 tablespoon sour cream
- milk to taste
- Bring some water to boil, add the potatoes and simmer until fork tender, about 20-30 minutes.
- Meanwhile cook the bacon in a large pan over medium heat until it renders, about 3-5 minutes.
- Add the butter to the bacon, season with salt and pepper and cook until it foams, about a minute.
- Add the cabbage to the bacon, mix to coat and let cook until tender, about 10 minutes.
- Add the green onions to the cabbage, cook for 5 minutes, season with salt and pepper and set aside.
- Heat the oil in a pan over medium high heat.
- Add the sausage and cook until golden brown, about 2-4 minutes per side, and set them aside.
- Add the onions and saute until tender, about 5-7 minutes.
- Add the garlic and thyme and saute until fragrant, about a minute.
- Sprinkle in the flour and let it cook for a few minutes.
- Add the Guinness, mustard and Worcestershire sauce and brown sugar along with the sausage and simmer for 10 minutes.
- Remove the sausage and continue to simmer to reduce by half about 10 minutes.
- Meanwhile, mash the poatatoes, mix in the cabbage followed by the butter, sour cream and enough milk until you get your favourite mashed potatoes consistency.
- Divide the colcannon between 4 plates, top with sausages and cover in gravy.