bangers & mash for tired people

Good for: your mid-week dinner. Kids would love it too, so put some paprika in it to keep them away.
Is this the end of a long hard half-term? Or just the beginning? Either way, the chances are you’re knackered and I’m feeling your pain.
My sister, on the other hand, has buggered off to Australia, so when she comes back in a couple of days, moaning about jetlag, no sympathy, ok?
That same sister once told me she would only buy wine with a screw top. Her explanation was that at the end of a long day looking after 2 kids, she was too exhausted to spend extra energy locating a corkscrew or levering out a cork. At the time I didn’t get it, then along came child number 2…
This is the recipe equivalent of the screw top. Bangers and mash for tired people. Forget about potato mashers (pots aren’t actually mashed), vegetable peelers (or peeled, ahem ), and definitely forget about washing up (this is a one pot wonder). Instead do the prep (5 mins, honest) when you can, during the day, or even in the morning before work (yeah, right) and then throw over the oil and pop it in the oven 40 mins before you want to eat. It’s a bastardised Bill Granger recipe.
Serves: 2

Start to finish: 5 minutes prep, 30-40 minutes in the oven
3 nice sausages
400g potatoes, cleaned and cut into smallish wedges
.75 tsp paprika
1 rosemary stalk
salt & pepper
1/4 wholemeal loaf without crust

25ml olive oil
Serve with some green stuff – savoy cabbage sauteed with garlic? 
Preheat the oven to 200 degrees C. Slice each sausage into 3 chunks and put in a large roasting tin. Add potatoes, paprika, rosemary and seasoning. Tear the bread into bite-size pieces and throw in. Drizzle with oil and toss gently. Put in oven for 30-40 minutes, shaking occasionally, until potatoes are tender and sausages are golden. Sprinkle with basil and serve.


  1. You had me at the title…that looks like a winner for our house! bookmarked. thanks.

  2. I like this recipe. Thanks!

  3. Thats my kind of recipe. Am off to get the ingredients to cook it for tonight. Thanks!

  4. Great recipe will definitely try this!

  5. cooking this tonight and i have to say my house smells devine. I used cooked jacket spuds and cut into bigger pieces to make sure they dont burn and added onion and garlic as they needed using up, also shoved in some stuffing as no bread (can anyone tell its the week before payday yet ?? lol). hopefully it will be just as lovely as it smells if not i shall definatly not stray for the recipe again :)


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