Why Is the Traditional English Dish of Sausages and Mashed Potatoes Called “Bangers and Mashed”?

“Bangers and mashed”‘ is a traditional English meal of sausages, mashed potatoes, gravy, and very often pork and beans.

Nothing could be more working-class or middle-class comforting than this dish.

Banger, as slang for sausage, dates from 1919 and refers to the noise made when the skin of a frying sausage explodes in the pan.

It literally “bangs.”

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  1. Sausages and mashed potatoes are known in Britain/England as ‘bangers and mash’ not ‘bangers and mashed’ – those 2 letters ‘ed’ make a big difference!

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