BBC Good Food Magazine

FROZEN ASSETS

This simple but ingenious take on a family favourite brings the two star players together into one dish that can be easily frozen

- recipe BARNEY DESMAZERY photograph JAMES LEE

Our one-pot bangers & mash makes an ideal freezer filler

Bangers and mash are a firm favourite in my house, but I’m always a bit put off making it during the week as it creates a pile of washing-up. This recipe gives you the opportunit­y to bring everything together into one pie that can be made over the weekend and frozen, ready for when you don’t have time to cook from scratch. In my household, this pie is now more requested than the classic combinatio­n.

SERVES 4 PREP 20 mins COOK 1 hr 20 mins EASY ❄

1 tbsp sunflower oil

8 pork sausages

25g butter

2 onions, finely sliced pinch of golden caster sugar 2 tbsp plain flour

1 tbsp tomato purée

1 tbsp red wine vinegar 500ml beef stock peas, to serve (optional)

For the mash

1.25kg King Edward or Maris Piper

potatoes, cut into large chunks 150ml whole milk

25g butter

25g mature cheddar, coarsely

grated (optional) 1 Heat the oil in a frying pan and gently cook the sausages over a medium-high heat for 10-12 mins, turning them until browned on all sides. Transfer to a plate, then put the butter in the pan and heat until sizzling. Tip in the onions, stirring them into the butter, then sprinkle over the sugar and fry for 8-10 mins until the onions are golden. Scatter over the flour and stir to make a paste, then add the tomato purée. Cook for a minute, then add the vinegar, pour in the stock and bring to the boil. Turn down to a simmer. Tip in any juices from the sausages, then cut the sausages into thick slices and add to the pan. Simmer everything together for 5 mins until you have a glossy onion gravy. Tip the mixture into a baking dish.

2 To make the mash, tip the potatoes into a pan of cold salted water and bring to the boil, then turn down and simmer for 10-12 mins or until just cooked (the tip of a knife should slide in easily). Drain and leave for a minute. Pour the milk into the pan and bring to a simmer, then tip in the drained potatoes and butter, and mash thoroughly. Season to taste.

3 Top the sausages and gravy with the mash, starting from the edge of the dish and working your way into the middle. Use a fork to scrape lines in the topping and scatter over the cheese, if using. Can be assembled, covered and chilled for up to two days or frozen for three months. Defrost completely before cooking. Heat the oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Bake the pie on a tray for 35-40 mins until the top has browned. Leave to cool for 5 mins before scooping straight from the baking dish at the table and serving with peas, if you like.

GOOD TO KNOW calcium • fibre • vit c

PER SERVING 706 kcals • fat 37g • saturates 16g • carbs 67g • sugars 11g • fibre 9g • protein 23g • salt 1.8g

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