St. Patrick’s Day has always been a holiday that quickly arrives and passes for me. It whirls in with a whoosh of green t-shirts and drunken pubs (which I never go to) and leaves as fast as the Leprechaun that eludes as. But even though we might turn our milk green at breakfast, avoid the drunken parades and carry on with our day, I can’t go without some of that Irish fare. Sure, I may not be one for corned beef and cabbage, but Irish cream, soda bread, and bangers and mash are pretty tasty. This recipe has been updated, dashed with the South, and made into a one (okay, maybe two) pot wonder for your family!
Just what is a banger, you might ask? It’s a sausage! And mash? Simply mashed potatoes. A pretty basic meal overall, but add some southern spice, a favorite skillet and you’ve got something! After steaming your potato pieces in a microwaveable bowl, everything goes into the skillet and simmers together. The leftovers are absolutely fabulous!
- 1 large Idaho potato
- 3 tablespoons water
- 1 robe of Sausage or Polish sausage, cut into 1/4-inch slices (nice and thin is the way to go!)
- 1/2 cup chopped onion
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
- 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- 4 cups fresh baby spinach
- 4-5 bacon strips, cooked and crumbled (you can use the pre-cooked, or use breakfast leftovers, which we did!)
- Place potatoes and water in a microwave-safe dish. Cover and microwave on high for 4 minutes or until tender; drain.
- In a large skillet, sauté sausage (bangers) and onion in oil until onion is tender.
- Add potato pieces; sauté 3-5 minutes longer or until kielbasa and potatoes are lightly browned.
- Combine the vinegar, pepper, brown sugar, and mustard, and stir into skillet.
- Bring to a boil, which will happen quickly.
- Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 2-3 minutes or until heated through.
- Add spinach and bacon crumbles; cook and stir until spinach is wilted.
- Serve in a bowl or soup plate with an Irish beer!
What are you making for St. Patrick’s Day this year? Do you like Irish fare?