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Bangers and Mash with Onion Gravy

Sausage (Bangers) and Mash with Onion Gravy

This is the best onion gravy recipe - although it isn't exactly quick to make, it is on another level of deliciousness. 

Trust me, a quick recipe for onion gravy will not taste the same, you want a rich gravy with caramelised onions and they take time.

Bangers and mash with onion gravy (sausage and mash).
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Sausages with onion gravy is a big thing here in the UK - we call it 'bangers and mash'.

I know, what are we Brits like with our mad names for dishes such as toad in the hole (sausages in Yorkshire pudding and roly-poly pudding!

Recipe Top Tips!

  • It will look like you have far too many onions, as once they cook down, you'll be surprised that it might then look like you don't have enough onions! My photo of the ingredients (below) does not show all of the onions I used.
  • The addition of red currant jelly gives a nice sheen to the gravy, but you can leave it out if you don't already have any - it's not worth going out to buy a jar to only use it for this recipe. I already had a jar because I made braised red cabbage last week.
  • If you want a proper rich onion gravy it can not be rushed - good things come to those that wait. The onions become caramelised, sticky and sweeter as they cook - the end result is rich, dark to-die-for onion gravy.
  • If you don't drink wine, don't stress about adding it because once it has cooked down there is no alcohol.

Ingredients for onion gravy

  • 30g butter
  • 1 tbsp mild olive oil
  • 2 sprigs of thyme
  • 5 fairly large onions - peeled and thinly sliced 
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 1 tbsp plain flour (all-purpose)
  • 175ml red wine
  • 1 tsp red wine vinegar
  • 1 tbsp red currant jelly
Onion gravy ingredients.

How to make onion gravy

In a large frying pan, melt the butter with the olive oil over a medium heat, add the thyme and cook for a minute or two to infuse the flavours of the herbs and then discard the thyme.

Add the onions and coat well in the butter and oil, sprinkle over the sugar and a big pinch of salt and slowly cook the onions down for 45-50 mins.

Onions frying in a large pan.

Stir occasionally until sticky and caramelised.

Onions cooking and just starting to go golden in a frying pan.

Now add the flour and stir well to coat the onions. Cook for a minute or two and then add the wine and vinegar, turn up the heat and reduce by half (this won't take long) keep stirring to ensure there are no lumps.

Onions cooking and red wine reducing.

Pour in the stock and add the red currant jelly.

Making onion gravy.

Bring to a boil and cook for 6-8 mins, until the gravy is thick enough to coat the back of a spoon. If you cook it a bit too much and it gets too thick, add a splash of water.

Meanwhile, cook your sausages and make the mash (if serving).

Sausages frying in a pan.

Check out the change in colour as the onion gravy reduces down - rich, dark and delicious!

Onion gravy in a frying pan.

What to serve with onion gravy

Sausages and creamy mashed potatoes are essential but you can add peas as well if you wish. I served ours just as it is.

Sausage and mash with onion gravy.

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Yield: 2-4
Author: Jan Bennett
Onion Gravy Recipe

Onion Gravy Recipe

Rich and delicious onion gravy, perfect for bangers and mash (sausage and mash) or roast beef.*This recipe serves 4 but if like us, you like a lot of onion gravy then it serves 2*
Prep time: 10 MinCook time: 1 HourTotal time: 1 H & 10 M

Ingredients

  • 30g butter
  • 1 tablespoon of mild olive oil - or vegetable oil
  • 2 sprigs of thyme
  • 5 medium-sized onions - peeled and thinly sliced
  • 2 teaspoons of sugar
  • 1 tablespoon of plain flour (all-purpose)
  • 175ml red wine
  • 1 teaspoon of red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon of red currant jelly
  • 400ml beef stock I used a Knorr beef stock pot dissolved in 400ml of hot water

Instructions

  1. In a large frying pan, melt the butter with the olive oil over medium heat, add the thyme and cook for a minute or two to infuse the flavours of the herbs and then discard the thyme.
  2. Add the onions and coat well in the butter and oil, sprinkle over the sugar and a big pinch of salt and slowly cook the onions down for 45-50 mins, occasionally stirring until sticky and caramelised.
  3. Meanwhile, cook your sausages and make the mash (if serving).
  4. Now add the flour to the onions and stir to coat them evenly. Cook for a minute or two and then add the wine and vinegar, turn up the heat and reduce by half (this won't take long) keep stirring to ensure there are no lumps.
  5. Pour in the stock and add the red currant jelly, bring to a boil and simmer for 6-8 mins, until the gravy is darker and thick enough to coat the back of a spoon. If you cook it a bit too much and it is too thick, add a splash of water.
  6. Have a taste and season if necessary. Serve over sausages and mashed potatoes.
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