WND – Bangers ‘n’ MashSeptember 21, 2007
Within reason (by which I mean, no I won’t make pancakes for dinner for more than 3 people) I will make pretty much anything requested for a birthday dinner. It was Lady R’s birthday earlier this week – and Happy Birthday Lady R – and upon inquiry her request was bangers ‘n’ mash.
Sausages – braised for about 10 minutes, and then grilled until done.
Mashed Potatoes – made with more butter than I care to admit to. And! I have leftovers. I never have left over mashed potatoes. I get to make mashed potato pancakes later this week.
I don’t really have an exact recipe for this. I mostly just throw stuff in a pot and let it cook, but I tried to pay attention this time and this is my best guess at what I do.
You need to use a hard apple, or it will just disintegrate when you cook it. You also want to use something that has enough flavor to stand up to cooking and spices. Most of the time I use Granny Smiths, but when it’s apple season I use Cortlands or Macouns or whatever else looks appealing.
6-8 apples (depending on size), peeled & chopped into ½” cubes
2-4 soup spoons brown sugar (or regular sugar if you don’t have brown sugar on hand)
¼ cup apple juice/cider/water (whatever you have around)
¾ tsp cinnamon
¼ tsp ginger
Pinch of cloves
Pinch of all spice
Pinch of nutmeg
Let it cook over a low heat for about 30 minutes. When you stir it it’ll pretty much mash up, but if it doesn’t mash it with a fork or potato masher. You can serve it hot, or cold. I usually make it a day ahead and reheat it.
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