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Old 08-24-2011, 06:53 PM   #1
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Bangers and mash, what sausage should I use?

I can't get Cumberland sausage in Ohio, at least where I live. I've never had it before so I don't know what its closest analogue would be from among the products I can get here.

The sausage they make at my grocer is sweet or hot "Italian", bratwurst, chorizo and sometimes kielbasa. I won't use prepackaged factory sausages.

I've been interested in English food lately (strange I know) and would like to try and make a good bangers and mash with what's available here. The mashed potatoes and onion gravy are easy enough to put together, i just don't know what sausage would go best with it.

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Old 08-24-2011, 07:08 PM   #2
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I think I'd go with a brat. If that doesn't suit you, go for a kielbasa. You need a mild pork sausage.
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Old 08-24-2011, 07:12 PM   #3
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Yeah, I think I'll try the brat. I have no idea what a cumberland or other English sausage would taste like.

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Old 08-24-2011, 07:17 PM   #4
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Yeah, I think I'll try the brat. I have no idea what a cumberland or other English sausage would taste like.

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A Cumberland is a chunky coiled sausage that's heavy on black pepper.
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Old 08-24-2011, 08:27 PM   #5
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Mmm, sounds good.
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If you could find a sausage that is a bit heavy on the garlic, that would work well too.
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Old 08-24-2011, 09:05 PM   #7
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The Mexican chorizo is the "garliciest", but it's also got heat with it; I'm not sure it would work with the potatoes and onion gravy. Same with the fennel in both types of Italian stuff. The bratwurst is very rich...that's the knock on all of them I had trying to decide.

The kielbasa is never there when I want it, they make a good one, nothing like those abominations Hillshire Farms et al make :(

If only I was rich and lived next to Whole Foods.
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OF course, you could try the dish with different types of sausage and decide which one you like best.
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Well chorizo isn't the only garlicy sausage out there, and it isn't even close to what you want for bangers and mash.

Around St. Patrick's day Trader Joe's carried Irish bangers, and they looked like this. Real Irish bangers have some "rusk" or bread in them,


This was my finished dish.
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That looks really good. Like I said though, I only have those options I listed, what our local grocer makes. Can you please tell me how you did your gravy?

I don't have a recipe. I was gonna saute some onion, add some flour, cook it a bit and then add some stock and seasoning.

Edit: Man that looks good, exactly how I want mine to look.
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