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You Should Make Bangers and Mash with Caramelized Onions for St. Patrick’s Day

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plate of bangers and mash

Bangers and mash is classic pub food of sausages, gravy, and mashed potatoes, and this recipe from The Modern Proper kicks it up a notch with roasted, sweet caramelized onions (not the more traditional fried onions). This, my friends, is perfect St. Patrick’s day food.

The mashed potatoes are the most important part of a dish like this. Mediocre mashed potatoes are so disappointing, and great mashed potatoes are transcendent. These next-level garlic mashed potatoes are fluffy, creamy, and loaded with milk and butter, but what makes them extraordinary is the addition of roasted garlic. Roast whole garlic cloves in the oven until they’re golden and tender, then mash them into the potatoes. It makes the potatoes rich, smokey, and intensely garlicky, without the sharpness of raw garlic. Once you try it, you’ll see why all that garlic-roasting is worth it.

This recipe also leans on another allium: the onion. The simple sausage gravy incorporates some caramelized onions to add a bit more richness. These oven-caramelized onions are not the stovetop kind you might have been expecting. Stovetop-caramelized onions are delicious, but they take a very long time to make. Instead, all this recipe asks you to do is to quarter some red onions, toss them in sugar and balsamic vinegar, and roast them in the oven with some chili flakes for a bit of spice. They come out sweet, savory, and a little bit spicy, and they’re great in the gravy.

Remember to serve this meal with a pint or two!

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