Meat-free sausage and mash

Sausage and mash (a.k.a bangers and mash in the UK) is one of the best-known Britain and Irish dishes. The name banger is believed to come from WW1 when meat shortages meant sausages often had extra water in which caused them to sometimes burst in the pan while cooking. I am genuinely amazed by the creativity of Brits, they always come up with such humorous food names. (Spotted dick, bubble and squeak, toad in the hole… etc.)

A classic sausage and mash is served with rich onion gravy and peas, however, unsurprisingly my version has added mushrooms because I LOOOOOVE mushrooms on everything. If you’re not so keen on mushrooms then feel free to leave them out. This is an ultimate comfort food recipe, simple and sure to please everyone, especially on a cold and grumpy winter evening.

Also, if vegan sausages doesn’t cost a fortune in your city (you can get them for just £1 a pack of 4/6 vegan sausages in London), this is a low-cost recipe.

Vegan sausage and mash

The recipe requires you to prepare quite a few things at the same time. But don’t panic if you are a newbie to the kitchen. Most of the preparations are very straightforward. You should able to cook the whole meal within 40 minutes if you are good at time management and multi-tasking.

So here goes…

First, peel and cut the potatoes into quarters.

Place them into a large pot with boiling water. Ideally, the water should come to at least 3cm above the potatoes.

Add 1/2 teaspoon of salt and cook at medium heat until tender – this should take around 20 minutes.

Vegan sausage and mash

Meanwhile pan fry or oven grill the sausages. Turn occasionally until all sides are browned evenly and then set aside.

Vegan sausage and mash

Thinly slice the mushrooms and onion.

Vegan sausage and mash

Heat the oil in a large, non-stick frying pan, add the minced garlic and stir-fry for 2-3 minutes until the garlic has turned slightly golden in colour.

Add the sliced onion and stir-fry for another 3-5 minutes.

Vegan sausage and mash

Drop in the mushrooms and continue to stir-fry gently until the onion is beautifully caramelised.

Vegan sausage and mash

Add the bouillon, salt, bay leaf, dark soy sauce and 300ml water – mix well. Bring to a simmer, reduce the heat to medium and then cover and cook for 10 minutes.

In a small bowl mix the cornflour with a tablespoon of warm water and then pour it slowly into the pan. Cook for another couple of minutes, stirring continuously, until the gravy has thickened to your preferred consistency.

I know it may sound a bit odd adding dark soy sauce to a British dish but for this recipe I use it as an vegan alternative to ingredients like bovril to add that lovely brown colour.

Vegan sausage and mash

By this time the potatoes should be tender and nicely cooked. Drain the water from the pot and add vegan butter, almond milk, salt and pepper. Mash well with a fork or potato masher until smooth.

Vegan sausage and mash

Lastly, boil the peas in water in a small saucepan for 3-4 minutes and then drain. Add vegan butter, salt and pepper and stir to coat.

Vegan sausage and mash

Now we’ve got all our tasty meal components cooked it is assembly time!

Split the mash into 2 equal portions and place on your dinner plates. Then add 2 sausages to each plate, pour over your gravy and sprinkle the peas on top (or put them on the side if you prefer).

Garnish with parsley. Delicious when warm.

Vegan sausage and mash

This recipe was created for Veahero, a cool new (free!) meal planning platform for vegans and vegetarians.

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Vegan sausage and mash

Difficulty: Intermediate

Serves: 2

Prep.: 10 mins | Cook: 30 mins

Ingredients:

Mashed potatoes

  • 2 medium-sized potatoes (around 500-600g)
  • 1 1/2 tbsp vegan butter
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 100ml unsweetened almond milk
  • Pinch of black pepper

Gravy

  • 1 large onion (around 250g), sliced
  • 150g mushroom, sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp bouillon powder (vegetable stock)
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp corn flour
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 300ml water
  • 1 tbsp dark soy sauce* (optional)
  • Handful of parsley, finely chopped (optional)

Others

  • 4 vegan sausages
  • 200g frozen peas
  • 1/2 tbsp vegan butter
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • Pinch of pepper
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Instructions:
  1. Peel and quarter the potatoes and place them in a pot. Cover with at least 3cm of boiling water. Add 1/2 teaspoon of salt and cook at medium heat until tender (around 15-20 minutes).
  2. Drain the water from the pot and add vegan butter, almond milk, salt and pepper. Mash and mix with a fork or potato masher until it is smooth.
  3. Pan fry or oven grill the sausages. Turn occasionally until they get golden evenly and set aside.
  4. Heat the oil in a large, non-stick frying pan with high heat, add the minced garlic, stir-fry for 2-3 minutes until the garlic turns slightly golden in colour.  
  5. Add the onion and stir-fry for other 3-5 minutes.
  6. Drop in the mushroom and keep stir-fry everything gently until you can see the onion is caramelised.
  7. Add the bouillon, salt, bay leaf, dark soy sauce and pour over 300ml water, mix evenly.
  8. Bring to a simmer, reduce the heat to medium then cover and cook for 10 minutes.
  9. Mix the cornflour with a tablespoon of warm water in a small bowl then pour it slowly into the pan.
  10. Stir and cook for another couple of minutes until the gravy is thick and creamy in texture.
  11. Cook the peas with boiling hot in a small saucepan for 3-4 minutes and drain. Mix it with the vegan butter, salt and pepper.
  12. Place the mash on your serving plates, each add 2 sausages and pour the mushroom gravy on top.
  13. Garnish with the parsley. Delicious when warm. 

* Regular soy sauce is made with fermented wheat. Use gluten-free soy sauce if you are gluten intolerant.

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