Spiced Bangers and Mash

Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about Disney World. Let me be a little more specific. I’ve been thinking about Journey Into Imagination. Not Journey Into YOUR Imagination or Journey Into Imagination with Figment. They are a watered down version of the original brilliance that was Journey Into Imagination. There is nothing like the true original attraction that featured the friendly and creative Dreamfinder and his charming and adorable purple friend, Figment.

And while this might be blasphemous to say, I might even like Figment more than Mickey. It’s hard to judge, Mickey is pretty much the greatest thing in my world. But Figment? He is just unreal in his adorability. The song from the original attraction is just as catchy as It’s A Small World’s theme and the entire attraction focuses on using your imagination and getting creative. It’s sheer, simplistic brilliance.

Then, perhaps because of lack of interest, Disney closed down the original and completely renovated it. Figment was gone, save for a few cameos here and there. It was awful and I was pretty disappointed. Since then, it has been renovated again to include my favorite purple dragon but really, it will never be the same. Which begs the question, why mess with success? Why change the original when it was already great?
Well, sometimes, you just have to. In the case of Figment and Dreamfinder, they were perfect as is. And here in lies the segue to this recipe. This one needed a bit of updating. It was in need of renovation, at least in terms of photos. It stays, in essence, mainly the same. Classic mashed potatoes with crispy bratwurst on top. The major change is the gravy. Instead of a traditional white gravy, I went with a spiced version. Remember that herb and spice mix? Toss a tablespoon of that into your gravy for a flavor kick. It’s a welcomed renovation to the original classic.
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Spiced Bangers and Mash
Recipe type: dinner
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Serves: 6
 

A spiced, kicked-up version of classic bangers and mash.
Ingredients
  • 6 bratwurst
  • 4 baking potatoes, peeled and halved
  • 4 Tbsp. butter
  • 4 Tbsp. heavy cream
  • 2 ounces cream cheese
  • For gravy:
  • 4 Tbsp. butter
  • 4 Tbsp. flour
  • ¾ cup milk
  • 2 Tbsp. herb and spice mix

Instructions
  1. Preheat your broiler to low and place oven rack in the center. Place the bratwurst on a foil lined sheet and place it under the broiler. Cook for twenty minutes, turning every five minutes, until cooked through.
  2. While the bratwurst cooks, make your potatoes. Set a pot of water with potatoes over high heat and bring to a boil. Boil for 15 minutes until potatoes are fork tender. Once tender, add them to a large bowl.
  3. Place the butter, cream cheese and heavy cream in with the potatoes and use a fork to mash and incorporate. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Prepare the gravy. Melt the butter in a sauce pan over medium. Once melted, add in the flour a tablespoon at a time, whisking in between each addition, until fully incorporated. Slowly add in the milk, whisking constantly, until smooth. The mixture will then begin to thicken.
  5. Once thick, add in the spice mix and whisk to incorporate.
  6. To assemble, place a large serving of potatoes on a plate. Top with bratwurst and drizzle with gravy,

6 thoughts on “Spiced Bangers and Mash

  1. As a resident of the bratwurst capital of the U.S., I want to tell you what a great post this is! We will definitely be trying this and likely sharing your wonderful recipe. Thanks for posting!

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