My parents used to have a friendly debate about the way we would eat certain foods. My mum is from a working class background and my dad is a middle class man. When we ate boiled eggs for breakfast I always remember my brother, dad and I would cut the top off. Whereas my mum would always smash a boiled egg. Then she would call us posh for cutting the top of the egg. Mum feels that cutting the top from a boiled egg is very middle class and that smashing it is a working class way. My Dad always felt that it wasn’t posh and so the friendly debate began.
It was the same with mash potato. Mum likes lumpy mash and my dad enjoys his smooth. Even though my dad did most of the cooking my mum would always tell us that lumpy mash was best. My Dad and I would always look at each other and say, ‘Err’. Mum would then declare that we were far too middle class. To which my dad would roll his eyes and tut. So even mash potato became a heated class conversation in our house.
Nowadays when we make mash potato at home I still like it smooth and so does my little family. We all love sausages, mash and beans. It’s a deliciously warming meal that, for me, brings back fond childhood memories. The memories make me smile and this makes me enjoy the meal even more.
- Potato peeler
- Sharp knife
- Chopping board
- Baking tray
- Large saucepan
- Potato masher
- Sausages x 8 (Gluten free if you have allergies like me)
- Baking Potatoes x 2
- Olive oil x 1 tbsp
- Butter or ghee x 2 large tsps
- Milk x a splash (a milk of your choice)
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Homemade Baked Beans x 1 recipe
- Start by making the homemade baked beans.
- Preheat the oven to 180° and put the baking tray in.
- Peel and chop the potatoes into 1 inch cubes.
- When the oven is preheated, remove the baking tray with an oven glove.
- Put the sausages in and place it back in the oven.
- Cook the sausages as per the packet instructions.
- Most packets suggest oven baking for 25 – 30 minutes.
- Pour boiling water from the kettle into a large saucepan.
- Place the saucepan on a high heat on the hob.
- Drop the potato cubes in and add a pinch of salt.
- Now put the lid back on.
- Bring the ingredients to the boil, then turn the heat down, and leave to simmer.
- Remove the lid if necessary.
- Cook the potatoes for about 15 minutes.
- To check the potatoes are cooked put a fork or knife in and if the potatoes fall from the fork they are done.
- If the potatoes don’t fall then leave them for a couple of minutes and try again until they do fall.
- Once cooked remove from the heat, pour the contents through the sieve and put the potatoes back into the pan.
- Now add the oil, butter or ghee and a splash of milk plus salt and pepper to taste.
- Next mash all the ingredients together with the potato masher.
- After the 25 – 30 minutes remove the sausages from the oven and serve with the mash and beans.
- Then enjoy.
Sausage, the best mash potato and beans is a great dinner. It’s simple but filling. Also you can make the beans in advance of the dinner. My homemade beans can be made and frozen in batches. Just remember to remove the beans from the freezer the night before the meal. Then it’s one less thing to make on the day. It’s a very simple and easy meal that can feed a whole family. However you decide to eat this dish, as always, enjoy.
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