Sausage and Mash
Sausage and mash is a British staple! It is affordable and filling and enjoyable, so it often appears on our dinner tables. We’ve got together some expert tips and simple steps to show you how to slowly improve your sausage and mash recipe, whether you are just starting out or know what you are doing but just want to add a little more veg. Take it at your own speed, and let us help you take your sausage and mash from good to great!
Why is sausage & mash so great?
Sausage and mash is a classic for a reason – it is tasty, filling and affordable.
Although we should be careful how much processed meat we eat, having sausage and mash occasionally could be a great way to take a family favourite and improve the recipe through small steps. Mash is a great vehicle for some extra veg, and with a smaller portion of meat and some added veg, becomes a balanced meal that will fill you up, too.
If your family are big sausage and mash fans, a focus on smaller, better quality portions of meat where possible, while adding a little more veg in or alongside the mash, could actually make a marked improvement in the meal and take it to a new, healthier level.
Use the basic recipe, small tweaks and tips below to take your sausage & mash from good to better!
How are your sausage and mash skills?
I’m just starting out.
I’m ready to take it to the next level.
How can I get my kids involved and interested?
Sausage and mash is a classic for a reason
It is tasty, filling and affordable.
Here is a simple recipe for sausage & mash which you can use as a base and build on over time…
Sausage & Mash
Sausages or veggie alternative (1-2 per person is the aim, but it may take some time to get there if you are used to more)
Potatoes (1 large or 2 medium per person)
Optional gravy or condiments
Optional frozen peas, sweetcorn or green beans
Cook the sausages according to package instructions (usually 20-30 mins in the oven or until golden and cooked through in a pan or under the grill – make sure they are cooked all the way through).
Peel and chop the potatoes (the size of the chunks doesn’t matter as much as the fact that they are all very roughly the same size). Bring a pan of water to the boil. Once bubbling, add the potato chunks and cook until soft (depending on the size of the chunks, usually 5-15 mins or until a knife inserted into a chunk cuts through easily).
Drain the potatoes, leave for a minute to dry out slightly, then mash, adding a little seasoning and oil or butter or milk if you feel it needs it.
Cook the frozen veg according to package instructions, if using.
There is no need to go any further with this recipe until you are confident with it and feel up for the next step.
Feeling ready? Let’s see how you can get your next small victory without battles…
Kids who engage regularly with veg through veg-themed activities, such as arts and crafts, sensory experiences, growing and cooking are shown to be more likely to eat the veg they engage with. Encouraging kids to engage and play with veg is the handy first step to them developing a good relationship with veg and life-long healthy eating.
Kids in the kitchen
The eventual aim, if possible, is to get kids in the kitchen. Don’t worry, this doesn’t have to mean they are with you from start-to-end creating mess and rising stress levels! It can be as simple as giving them one small job (stirring, measuring, pouring, grating, chopping…) ideally involving veg. They can come in to do their little bit, and have fun with you for a few minutes. Getting them involved, making it playful and praising them plenty for their involvement, perhaps even serving it as dinner they “made”, makes it much more likely they will eat the food offered, not to mention teaching them important life skills. Find ideas, safety tips, videos and even a free chart in our Kids in the Kitchen section here.
While getting kids to interact with veggies for real and using their senses to explore them is best, encouraging hands off activities like arts & crafts, puzzles & games or at-home science experiments can be a great start, particularly for those who are fussier eaters or struggle with anything too sensory. Use these veg-themed activities as a stepping stone to interacting with the veg themselves. We have loads of crafty downloads here, puzzles here, and quirky science with veg here.
Once you feel your child is ready to engage a little more, you can show them how to explore the veg you have on hand with their senses, coming up with playful silly descriptions of how a veg smells, feels, looks, sounds and perhaps even tastes. Find ideas, videos and some simple sensory education session ideas to get you started here.
The moments before food is offered can be a perfect opportunity for engagement that can help make it more likely a child will eat it! Giving children a sense of ownership in the meal can make a big difference to their feelings going into it and the pride they take in it. You know your child best, but if you aren’t sure where to start, we have some fun and simple ideas for easy roles you can give them in the serving process over here.
I Want To Improve My Sausage & Mash
If you are feeling confident with your favourite sausage & mash recipe, but you’re wondering if there are some small tweaks you could make for the better, this is for you.
We’ve outlined some simple stages for continually improving on a basic sausage and mash recipe to get you from good to great. Find where you feel your current recipe sits and see if the next step is something you could aim for. You don’t have to go any further, but if you choose to, make sure you are feeling confident with this new stage before you try the next one.
And remember, the MOST important thing is that the family enjoys the meal! These changes and swaps can take as long as is needed if your family isn’t ready for big changes all in one go. Small simple improvements over time may not even be noticed.
Play is essential!
Think of children helping in the kitchen as a role play game with four essential ingredients for maximise effect. One of the best ways to develop a love of veg in kids is to get them involved in the prep of the veg. Not only is cooking an essential life skill for kids to learn, but it’s a great, fun way to get them engaging with healthy foods!
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