St. Patrick’s Day – Vegetarian Style!

March 17, 2010 By: Megabeth Category: Main Dishes, Side Dishes Print This Post Print This Post

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Inspired by St. Patrick’s Day, I dug into my archives to find this Guinness Bangers and Cheesy Onion Mash recipe. Just don’t forget to leave some Guinness to toast with. Oh, wait, I remember who I’m talking to…you’ll have plenty on hand, right? Enjoy!

Originally published April 8, 2009:

I was inspired by a “Dinner: Impossible” episode on the Food Network to make this banger and mash recipe.  All I had to do was convert the original recipe by using vegetarian sausage.  I also took advantage of a bumper crop of parsley in my Aerogarden to throw some fresh herbs into my mash.

Preparation couldn’t have been easier, but cook time is a little long. But, you don’t have to monitor it that much. So, this was definitely a “sit on the stove and let simmer while folding the laundry” dinner. Served with a little light coleslaw, this meal was quite unique and satisfying. And, it would be easy to make large quantities of if serving a large crowd.

Guinness Bangers and Cheesy Onion Mash
(a.k.a. Vegetarian Sausage and Potatoes)

Serves 2
By: Megabeth
Inspired by Dinner: Impossible

Vegetarian Guinness Sausages
2 t olive oil
1 12 oz package vegetarian Italian-style sausage (4 sausages)
1 pint, 6 oz bottle of Guinness Extra Stout
1/2 white onion, diced

Cheesy Onion Mash
2 large potatoes, peeled and diced
1/4 white onion, diced
1/4 cup heavy cream
1/4 cup asagio cheese, shredded (or use white cheddar)
1 1/2 T butter (I used Smart Balance instead)
2 T flat leaf parsley, minced
sea salt, to taste

In a saute pan, heat olive oil on medium high heat. Add vegetarian sausage and brown on all sides.

vegetarian bangers and mash

Add Guinness and onions and turn heat to low.

vegetarian bangers and mash

Cover and braise for 50 minutes.

vegetarian bangers and mash

In large pot, place potatoes and onions and pot and bring to boil.

vegetarian bangers and mash

Continue to boil until potatoes and onions soften. Drain and place in large bowl.

vegetarian bangers and mash

Add cheese, butter and heavy cream. With potato masher, mash potatoes until smooth.

vegetarian bangers and mash

Add parsley and stir to combine into potatoes. If you desire creamier potatoes, use a hand mixer after hand mashing.

vegetarian bangers and mash

Remove sausage from pan and serve with mashed potatoes. Feel free to use some of the sauce from the pan to drizzle over the potatoes and sausage.

vegetarian bangers and mash

4 Comments to “St. Patrick’s Day – Vegetarian Style!”

  1. Just a heads up…Guinness is not Vegetarian. I would recommend choosing a different stout beer.

  2. Megabeth says:

    Huh. I guess I should have researched that further. Apparently, yes, Guinness does contain trace amounts of isinglass. Isinglass is “a semitransparent whitish very pure gelatin prepared from the air bladders of fishes (as sturgeons) and used especially as a clarifying agent and in jellies and glue” according to the Miriam-Webster dictionary. Thanks for pointing that out!

    Luckily, I’m not a big Guinness drinker so taking it out of my diet won’t be much of a change. ;)

    (This is also interesting, according to this article, “All German beers are also safe for veggies because of a law from 1516 which states their beer must contain only four products – hops, water, sugar and yeast.”)

  3. Megabeth says:

    Update: Guinness Extra Stout, sold in North American, is vegan friendly.

  4. I am going to be cooking for the American Legion and I would like some Recipes fo soehturn people that would be easy to cook for 40 people. Hope you can help as I enjoy your cooking and hope other people here would like it. I have alot of your cookbooks. Please help. Bernice Corliss


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