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Sausages with mustard mash and red onion gravy recipe

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  • Onion gravy

Buy any good-quality or speciality sausages for this quick and easy, gastro-pub favourite. Delicious!

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IngredientsServes: 4

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 red onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 tsp soft brown sugar
  • 900g floury potatoes, peeled and cut into small chunks
  • 8 good-quality sausages
  • 1 tbsp plain flour
  • 300ml hot beef stock, made with a stock cube
  • 100ml red wine
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 100ml milk, warmed
  • 50g butter
  • 2-3 tsp wholegrain mustard

MethodPrep:10min ›Cook:20min ›Ready in:30min

  1. Caramelise the onion: Heat the oil in a large frying pan. Add the onion and sprinkle with the sugar, then cook gently, stirring from time to time, for 12-15 minutes or until the onion is lightly caramelised. Preheat the grill.
  2. Cook the potatoes and sausages: While the onion is cooking, boil the potatoes in lightly salted water for 15 minutes or until tender, and grill the sausages, turning regularly, for about 15 minutes or until evenly browned.
  3. Make the gravy: Sprinkle the flour over the caramelised onion, stir and cook for 1 minute, then gradually stir in the stock, wine and Worcestershire sauce. Bring to the boil, then reduce the heat and leave to simmer gently.
  4. Mash the potatoes: Drain the potatoes and return to the pan. Mash with the warm milk, butter and mustard to taste.
  5. Serve: Spoon a mound of mashed potato on to each plate, lay a couple of sausages on top and spoon over the gravy.

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Reviews in English (27)

Hi,I made this exactly as the ingredients stated and have to say that it was really rather delicious.Our son, (who can sometimes be a fussy eater) loved it and thought the potato and gravy were very tasty indeed. I personally feel that the tablespoon of worcestershire sauce gave it that extra 'kick'.Thank you.-04 Mar 2010

. Delicious gravy, and the mash was lovely with the wholegrain mustard. Have used Dijon in mash before but this gave a nice edge. I may make more quantity of gravy next time though, probably double, as it was so tasty and I may have reduced it down for a little too long.-24 Feb 2011

Used different ingredients.FAB recipe! Dinner party for 6 and this was the main however, as some of my guests don't eat pork, I made my own recipe of large home made meat balls from minced beef, so it looked a 'little' more sophisticated than sausages. Mustard mash went down an absolute treat, red onion gravy was delish zooped up with some extra splashes of red wine and worcestershire sauce. Wonderful recipe.... would definitely recommend. Season as you feel fit with ingredients and can be totally tamed down also to provide a delicious family meal with that extra bit of cha-ching! Thank you!PS.... careful with the flower though.. use a strainer as you don't want the gravy to go lumpy! XX-03 Jan 2009


  • 6 premium pork and leek sausages
  • 1 small red onion (approx 110g), finely sliced
  • 2 medium baking potatoes (approx 320g each), peeled and diced
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 1/2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 200ml red wine
  • 2 tsp plain white flour
  • 500ml chicken stock, prepared according to the packet instructions
  • 2 tbsp milk
  • 3 tsp butter
  • 1 tbsp fresh parsley
  • Serves: 2
  • Course: Main Course
  • Preparation time: 10 mins
  • Cooking time: 25 mins
  • Price per person: £2.17
  • Store cupboard: Cook's
  • Calories per serving: 869
  • 5-a-day per serving: 0.4


  1. Preheat the grill. Heat the oil in a saucepan and gently cook the red onion, covered, for 5 minutes, or until soft.
  2. Meanwhile, separate and pierce the sausages and grill, turning occasionally, for 10-12 minutes or until cooked through.
  3. Whilst the sausages are grilling, cook the potato in lightly salted boiling water for 10 minutes.
  4. To make the gravy, add the sugar, 1tsp Dijon mustard and the red wine to the cooked onion. Turn up the heat and simmer until reduced to a syrup-like consistency. Add the stock and simmer until reduced by one-third. Check the sausages in the meantime.
  5. To thicken the gravy, mash together 1 tsp butter and 1 tsp flour with a fork to form a smooth paste. Add the paste to the gravy, a little at a time, whisking vigorously. Bring to the boil and simmer, still whisking, until the gravy develops a thicker consistency. Stir in the parsley and set aside.
  6. Drain the potatoes and mash with the milk, 2 tsp butter and 2 tsp Dijon mustard until smooth and creamy. Season with salt and pepper.
  7. Serve the sausages and mash on plates and pour on the red wine gravy.

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  • Serving Size: 1 (378 g)
  • Calories 530.6
  • Total Fat - 39.7 g
  • Saturated Fat - 20.3 g
  • Cholesterol - 324.3 mg
  • Sodium - 845.3 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 14.8 g
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Step 1

Preheat oven to 100C/80C fan forced.

Step 2

Heat a large frying pan over medium heat and add sausages and cook, turning occasionally, for 8 minutes or until browned all over and cooked through and then transfer to a baking tray and place in the oven to keep warm.

Step 3

Return pan to medium-low heat and melt butter and then add onion and garlic and cook, stirring occasionally, for 15 minutes or until onion is soft.

Step 4

Add sugar and vinegar and cook, stirring, for 2 minutes or until well combined and caramelised.

Step 5

Stir in flour and add wine and bring to the boil and then add stock and bring to the boil and cook, stirring, for 2 to 3 minutes or until sauce thickens and then add wholegrain and Dijon mustard and stir to combined and then remove from heat.

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