Here's to Irish Bangers
Long ago in the ninth century, the Irish began observing the feast day of St. Patrick. Those original celebrators couldn’t have imagined what the holiday would become: a festivity complete with green beer, shamrocks, pots of gold, leprechauns, pinching, parades…and more green beer. In addition to the aforementioned merrymaking, modern-day St. Patrick’s Day brings with it a torrent of celebratory sustenance. Corned beef usually gets all the culinary consideration around March 17th—and it is worthy of such attention—but we thought it was high time to shine a spotlight on Trader Joe's Irish Bangers.
Though they aren’t actually called “bangers” by the Irish, the rest of the world has adopted this moniker. No matter the word you use, these are true Irish-style sausages. Made with all-natural pork that’s never been treated with antibiotics or hormones, our Irish Bangers include 5% rusk—a dry, twice-baked biscuit that is vital to achieving the traditional texture and flavor of Irish-style sausages. At $4.49 for a 16-ounce container of six Bangers, there’s no better time to enjoy these oft-overlooked links. (And, since we only carry them around St. Patrick’s Day, it’s the only time to try ‘em!)
We’ve included instructions below for a classic preparation of these sausages, as well as one that’s a little out-of-the-box. Both, of course, are festive and flavoursome.
With cooked sausages—and gravy!—the possibilities are endless, but you can’t go wrong with classic preparation. “Bangers and mash” may be the famed dish, but the champ here—an Irish potato dish made with Frozen Mashed Potatoes, scallions, and butter—gives this meal a decidedly Irish turn.
Yes, you read that correctly. We’ve swapped tortillas for boxty (a.k.a. Irish potato pancakes), made with Shredded Hash Browns, and topped these tacos with a festive garnish.
And to toast... Chocolate Stout Float
It wouldn’t be St. Patrick’s Day without some sort of celebration libation. Boatswain Chocolate Stout and French Vanilla Ice Cream? We’ll take that over green beer any day.
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