St. Patrick’s Day, When Everyone’s Irish

St. Patrick’s Day, When Everyone’s Irish. Whether you live in Ireland, known fondly as the Emerald Isle, are of Irish heritage or just want to be Irish for a day, you may be  planning to go to a pub on St. Patrick’s Day. Irish pubs will be shoulder to shoulder with people who want to enjoy a pint of Guinness stout with their friends, eat a plate of corned beef and cabbage and sing “Danny Boy”.

We don’t have an Irish pub in our small town in New Hampshire but not too far away in the town of Epping, we have a very atmospheric pub called the Holy Grail. The building was once a church, originally built in 1898. The former parish hall, which is now called Camelot, is its function hall. The Camelot, with its thatched roof, brings to mind a small building from an Irish village. Step inside the Holy Grail, have a seat at the large bar or at one of the tables and the first thing you will notice is the large mural covering one entire wall of the pub. The mural represents the various villages and countryside the owners of the pub encountered while traveling through Ireland. Light from the lovely stained glass windows of the former church make the large room bright and welcoming on a sunny day.

Mural Of An Irish Village In The Holy Grail Pub

Mural Of An Irish Village In The Holy Grail Pub

The Holy Grail serves typical Irish pub food such as Scotch eggs, fish and chips, and a boiled dinner along with lots of American favorites like burgers and ribs. I know that the  pub will be packed with revelers on St. Patrick’s day but my husband and I will forgo the festivities there and celebrate the day at home.

The Interior Of The Holy Grail With The Large Stained Glass Church Windows

The Interior Of The Holy Grail With The Large Stained Glass Church Windows

Even though I will not be at an Irish pub on St. Patrick’s Day, I like to prepare a meal that honors my Irish heritage. Bangers and mash, which is sausages and mashed potatoes or in this case colcannon, is very popular pub grub in both Ireland, England and the US and can be found on the menu at the Holy Grail. Simple to prepare, it is nonetheless a tasty dish and I think you would enjoy bangers and colcannon as much as I do.

Bangers And Colcannon

Bangers And Colcannon

Bangers And Colcannon With Onion Gravy

Serves two, adjust the recipe accordingly

Sausages and Onion Gravy

  • 2 or 3 sausages, per person
  • 1 small onion, cut in half and sliced thinly
  • 2 tsp. oil
  • 2 Tbsp. butter
  • 2 Tbsp. flour
  • 1/4 c. red wine (beer can be substituted)
  • 2 c. beef broth
  • salt and pepper to taste

Heat 1 tsp. oil in a sauté pan and brown the sausages on all sides until fully cooked. Remove sausages to a plate and keep warm. In the same pan, heat the remaining 1 tsp. of oil and add the sliced onions and slowly cook until they are soft and caramelized. Remove the onions to a small bowl. Add the butter and flour to the same pan, stir and cook over moderate heat until light brown. Add the wine and stir to blend then add the beef broth. Cook until starting to reduce, add the cooked onions and season with salt and pepper. Simmer until desired sauce consistency. Just before serving, you can add the sausages to the gravy and reheat if necessary.   


  • 2 large potatoes, cubed (I use Gold Yukon)
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 1 c. bite size pieces green cabbage, steamed
  • 3 Tbsp. butter
  • 1/4 c. cream
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • chopped green onions or parsley for garnish (optional)

Place the cubed potatoes and garlic in a pot of salted water. Bring to a boil and cook until tender. Drain and add the butter, cream, salt and pepper. Mash until desired consistency and then mix in the cooked cabbage.

To serve the dish, put a mound of potatoes in the middle of a plate, make a well in the center and add a pat of butter, if desired. Top with the sausages and spoon over a little of the onion gravy, serving more at the table.


If you don’t have a pub in your area and want to cook an appropriate meal for St. Patrick’s Day, I have some other suggestions for you if you don’t want to prepare the bangers and mash. Click on any of the highlighted dishes and you will find my recipes for corned beef and cabbagelamb stewbeef and Guinness pie and shepherd’s pie.

 Happy St. Patrick’s Day  To You All – Lá fhéile Pádraig sona dhaoibh!


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224 Responses to St. Patrick’s Day, When Everyone’s Irish

  1. Cool place…and that dish…I know someone who would really enjoy it! It’s me! 🙂 ela

    • Karen says:

      Thank you Ela, for your nice compliment. The Holy Grail is a fun place to enjoy a beer or a plate of food. I’m glad you like the dish, my husband and I thought it was terrific…especially with the onion gravy. 🙂

  2. Good bangers and mash is a very good thing 🙂 Happy St Patrick’s Day.

  3. sybaritica says:

    *Everything* pictured here is absolute comfort food for me 🙂

    • Karen says:

      Hi John, My husband and I would have to agree with you completely. With all the cold weather we have been having, we need all the comfort food we can get. 🙂

  4. Mélanie says:

    sooo yummy!!! 🙂 btw, my only brother-in-law’s name is Patrick and he’s French 100%! 😀
    have a sunny Monday like here and a positive week! friendly hugs, Mélanie
    * * *
    we have a cute joke about the French, the Scots and the Irish: do you know WHY we all have gotten along and have liked each other for centuries?… – well, because we all have the same common “enemy-opponent” – the Brits! 🙂

    • Karen says:

      Thank you Mélanie, for your nice compliment. I’m happy that you enjoyed the post. I appreciate your wish and hope you have a lovely week as well.

  5. I am working on a post for soda bread and your first paragraph sounds just like mine. Looks like I need to do a little editing.:) The bangers look delish.

  6. Larry says:

    From a church to a pub seems a bit unusual. I love your meal choice and may make the same thing here. The other dishes look delicious as well.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Larry, The church hadn’t been used for ten years and then was converted to a restaurant that didn’t make it. Ever since it has been an Irish pub, it is always crowded. I’m glad you like my suggestions for St. Patrick’s day. I think you would like the bangers and colcannon, we certainly did…especially with the onion gravy.

  7. viveka says:

    I like Irish food, when well cooked – there has some terrible experience of bad chefs during my years living there, You forgotten Irish Stew – their national dish and it has no carrot, just potatoes and onion plus spices. I love bangers and champ!!! Beautiful post – what a beautiful pub you have.
    I think in US St Patrick’s Day is more celebrated than on Ireland. *smile Even if it’s mad over there too. Been both in NYC and Boston during a St Patrick’s Day – mad and wonderful.

    • Karen says:

      Thank you Viveka, for your very nice compliment as always. I agree with you about the celebrations in the US. I do know that you have experienced really good Irish food in both Belfast and Dublin…CoCo restaurant where you had a meal comes to mind. Your posts about Belfast have made it a city that I hope to visit someday. I believe that an Irish stew from years past was probably made with a tough piece of lamb and a few potatoes by struggling farmers trying to feed their family. Thank goodness times have changed and todays stew is a real treat. I like to add carrots not only for taste and color but for their health benefits. 🙂

      • viveka says:

        Karen, Irish stew was one of our most popular dishes – my first Irish stew I had in Seattle at a Irish pub by the Public Market … so good.
        Irish stew, some people say it should have cabbage – but that isn’t true.
        I’m all favor for keeping the traditional recipes when it’s served to the public … I thought that the photos was from the pub – everybody add and take away when it’s in their own kitchen.
        Karen, Belfast has so many good restaurants and they are reasonable prices too. Not like Dublin.
        You should use lamb neck for you Irish stew, very tender … in the old days they used mutton.
        If you are visiting Belfast … I will be there too – promise you. I will come over and show my city. *smile You remember CoCo … great place, and the best Mojitos I had so far. *smile

      • Karen says:

        All the photos of the food are my own dishes that I have prepared…my interpretations of classic Irish dishes. If I can get to Belfast in the next couple of years, it would be delightful to have you be my guide to “your city”. 🙂

      • viveka says:

        Sounds great to me … any good excuse to go back!! *smile
        You didn’t answer my question about what is the closest airport to where you live … maybe I pop in for Lamb Stew one day !!! *smile – but not tomorrow – I promise.

      • Karen says:

        You must have missed my reply…it was quite a while back. We use Boston airport when we travel, it is about an hour and a half south of where we are in New Hampshire.

  8. Monique says:

    We are all a tad Irish:) I favor’s so good no matter what time of year.

  9. Karen Harris says:

    I don’t blame you for celebrating at home on St. Patrick’s day. That’s what we will be doing too. Your bangers and colcannon look delicious.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Karen, Large crowds are really not my cup of tea.I’m very happy wearing my green and cooking a nice Irish inspired meal at home…I’m happy that you agree. Thank you for your nice compliment…I’m glad you like the bangers and colcannon.

  10. All of these are wonderful ways to celebrate, Karen! Making some rye buns this week for Rueben’s to go with some Guinness. 🙂

    • Karen says:

      Thank you for your nice compliment, Judy. I’m happy that you like my suggestions for celebrating St. Patrick’s Day. A Rueben is one of my husband’s favorite sandwiches so I know he would be happy having a meal at your kitchen table.

  11. I just adore Irish Pubs, Karen. The Holy Grail looks like a wonderful place to spend St. Patrick’s Day. We don’t have any Irish pubs in the area either. I wish we did. When I lived in New York we would often go to the St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Oh what fun. The Blarney Stone was usually a stop we made. Although, we did make a few others too, lol…

    I simply adore Bangers and Mash. I haven’t made it in years. Thanks for the reminder Karen and the recipe!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Louise, It must have been fun to experience the NYC St. Patrick’s Day parade and all the pubs for the holiday. I’m happy that I could remind you about bangers and mash. For such a simple meal, it has a lot of flavor. Thank you for your nice compliment.

  12. David says:

    Have a great St. Patrick’s Day! Our colcannon recipes are pretty similar, although mine (from my grandmother’s side – give to her by an Irish neighbor) doesn’t have the garlic. I think it uses chives or scallions. Love the stuff!

    • Karen says:

      Thank you for your wish David…I hope you enjoy the day as well. Garlic isn’t a traditional ingredient in colcannon but I love it in my mashed potatoes and think it works well in colcannon.

  13. plumdirt says:

    Happy St. Patrick’s day!

  14. lulu says:

    Irish pubs do a bang up business here and we don’t dare venture out. Instead we have the traditional corned beef and cabbage which always makes us wonder why we have it only once a year.
    I know you must be tired of winter as our Maine friends are as well.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Linda, It appears that a lot of us will be staying home on St. Patrick’s Day. I agree with you that corned beef and cabbage should be enjoyed more than once a year, if only for sandwiches and hash from the leftover’s. 🙂 A little snow yesterday, a dusting today and about 3 inches more tomorrow…I will definitely be happy when this winter is over.

  15. wok with ray says:

    As a Catholic, I like the idea of going to the pub and church or church and pub at the same time. LOL! That is a beautiful mural and the sausage is mouthwatering. Have a good week Karen. 🙂

  16. Kristy says:

    I’m definitely going to have to revisit these recipes when we get around to cooking from Ireland. I never knew what colcannon was, so I learned something today. Sounds like something I would enjoy for sure. Have a wonderful St. Pat’s Day!

  17. Ruth says:

    A plate of this with a pint of Irish Red Ale would do wonders for my day. I’m already thinking back to some of the pubs I went to in Northern Ireland (an ex was from Belfast) and feeling cozy imagining this yummy meal infront of a peat fire.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Ruth, I’m glad you like the meal and that it reminded you of your time spent in Northern Ireland. I would love to travel there one day.

  18. Nice post! The bangers and mash look delicious and I have to try my hand at Scotch Eggs….hopefully will be successful this weekend. 🙂

  19. Great post! My mom always used to make corned beef and cabbage, cooked in the crock pot all day 🙂 maybe I shall attempt it this year myself!

    • Karen says:

      Thank you Ali, I’m glad you enjoyed the post. Corned beef is so easy to prepare, I don’t think you would having any trouble at all.

  20. kitchenriffs says:

    When I worked in NYC I’d often go to an Irish pub for lunch on St. Patrick’s Day. What a scene! Beyond crowded, but loads of fun. Anyway, colcannon is such a great dish. Much as I adore regular mashed potatoes, I love the flavor (and color) that cabbage adds. I’ve had bangers and mash before, but never made my own. I do have some sausages in the freezer that would be perfect — I think you’ve planned my St. Pat’s Day meal for me! Fun post — thanks.

    • Karen says:

      Hi John, I can just imagine the crush of people at a pub in NYC at lunchtime. I’m happy that my post has given you inspiration for your St. Patrick’s Day meal…enjoy!

  21. Great title for your post, karen! Even us Italians like to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day because the food (like the dishes you shared) is so good. Before the temps heat up here in the south east, I will definitely prepare your lamb stew. That sounds like a perfect Sunday supper to me!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Allison, I appreciate you lovely compliment and I’m happy that you enjoyed the post. I know exactly where you are coming from as my husband loves these dishes and he grew up eating Italian food. I think you picked a good choice with the lamb stew. Lamb has so much flavor, I just bought lamb shanks that I’m going to be cooking this week.

  22. Gary Lum says:

    Everything looks fantastic Karen. So comforting. St Patricks day here is at the begining of autumn (fall) so I’m still thinking salads. Your dishes make my mouth water.

    • Karen says:

      Thank you for your nice compliment, Gary…I’m glad you like the recipes. We have snow again tomorrow but I am looking forward to when salads are all I’ll be thinking about with lots of tomatoes from our garden. 🙂

  23. A_Boleyn says:

    I’m not Irish but I’d like to be if I could enjoy some of these great dishes especially your bangers and colcannon. I’ll probably see if I can get a bottle of Irish beer (they were sold out of Harp last year at the LCBO) so I can celebrate with my Irish or Irish-wanna be friends. Right now though, a week from now is too early to start planning for me. 🙂

    • Karen says:

      Hi Boleyn, I appreciate your lovely compliment. I’m like the UN, with my heritage but I’m proud of having family for Ireland. 🙂 Whatever you decide to do for St. Patrick’s Day, enjoy!

  24. Such lovely stained glass windows, Karen. The mural is so fascinating. I’m sure many people stare at it whilst having their drinks. I know I would. Bangers and mash with onion gravy sounds really right for St Patrick’s day. I’m not at all Irish, but I’m tempted. 😀

    • Karen says:

      Hi Sylvia, I’m so happy that the owners keep all the wonderful features of the church and the windows are indeed lovely. I believe bangers and mash with the onion gravy would be enjoyable anytime…thank you. 🙂

  25. Arlene Poma says:

    What a heavenly recipe! I’m sure my husband would love it.

  26. I do believe that’s the prettiest plate of bangers and mash I’ve ever seen. Happy St. Patty’s Day Karen.

  27. That looks like a winner for St. Paddy’s day Karen. Love the Holy Grail. We have an old church in town that dates back to the 1800’s & it had been sitting in the center just rotting away. The problem with it being useful was that there were no bathroom facilities. A woman championed restoring it and got funds to raise the foundation, get septic in, and soon it will be used as a town meeting house/gathering place & she hopes to have local artists be able to display their talents there. I just love places like that.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Diane, I appreciate your nice compliment. They did a terrific job turning the church into the Irish pub. I happy to hear that your church is going to be restore and put to good use…that is terrific.

  28. flavorsofthesun says:

    I love it that you live you life surrounded by such living history. And an Irish pub! This is a lovely tribute to St. Pat’s Day. I was thinking to make some colcannon, but hadn’t thought to pair it with sausages! Lovely idea.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Vicki, I’m glad you enjoyed the post and the recipe…the sausages go really well with the colcannon. We really do live in are area that is full of history. The owners of the church did a terrific job turning the building into a pub.

  29. Jane says:

    What a great little pub you have there in the next town! I can almost hear the revelers there in just another week!

    I live in a very Irish neighborhood of Chicago. We have a very large parade the Sunday before St. Patrick’s Day. The parade route is on a main street that boasts Irish pubs to the nines! In fact, my daughter works at one, Cork & Kerry. Needless to say, you have to sleep overnight on the sidewalk to get a stool!

    Thanks for the recipes! Delish!


    • Karen says:

      Hi Jane, I’m happy to know that you like the collection of recipes for St. Patrick’s Day. I hope you will have good weather for your parade.

  30. Yummy – bangers and mash 🙂

    Like the mural!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Helen, I’m happy that you like the recipe for bangers and mash, my husband and I enjoyed the dish. Don’t you just love the mural…the artist really did a nice job.

  31. I love colcannon but haven’t thought to make it for ages, thanks for the reminder! Your gravy looks good too. Have you tried making it with Guinness? I haven’t… yet – your recipe prompted me to check for stout gravy recipes online.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Sarah, I’m happy to know that my post reminded you of how much you enjoy colcannon. Yes, the onion gravy is delicious with Guinness as well…it is my husband’s favorite beer.

  32. Eva Taylor says:

    Happy St. Patrick’s Day to you too! What a great pub to have close by. We have friends, Andy and Mark who opened an Irish Public House in the East end of the city and they just celebrated their fifth anniversary in business! They had a lovely party yesterday for “their favourite customers” It was such fun. We usually go to their pub for St. Patrick’s day but I’m not sure I will be able to this year as I have a potential job booked that week.
    Your Irish dishes look amazing, I’d love some of that Colcannon right now, it’s such a beautiful colour and must have great flavour.

    • Karen says:

      Thank you for your nice compliment and wish Eva. I hope you will have a nice time as well on St. Patrick’s Day no matter what you end up doing. I bet you had a great time at your friends pub.

  33. Eha says:

    Irish soul food! Like colcannon . . . . make the onion gravy with beer . . . Funny thinking about it: I do not ordinarily drink any beer at all, always wine, mostly dry and white . . . .but ‘when Irish eyes are smiling’ it is time for that foamy stuff 🙂 !

    • Karen says:

      Hi Eha, I agree with you about colcannon being traditional and indeed soul food. The onion gravy is great with beer as well. I’m a wine person like yourself but my husband loves his Guinness…especially for St. Patrick’s Day. 🙂

  34. The only Irish I have is in my name but I would LOVE your St. Patrick’s Day dinner. Perfect all the way around. I loved the snow photos too. Great memories every time I visit.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Maureen, I’m glad you like this meal…I think it is a good one for St. Patrick’s Day or anytime, as a matter of fact. The snow has been something this year, we have more coming tonight and tomorrow. Would you believe the cottage in Maine is supposed to get over a foot more of snow.

  35. Michelle says:

    We’ve got a pub here in a former church, but they spell it Holy Grale. My ancestors would like all your meal suggestions, too.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Michelle, That is interesting that your town has a pub in a former church with the same name, just spelled differently. I’m happy to know you think you ancestors would approve of my meal suggestions…thank you.

  36. Like you I’ll stay home. Well away from any pub! Never mind an Irish one. But it would be nice to celebrate with something Irish on the day (even though I don’t celebrate any of the four days here). Oddly enough, nothing springs to mind. How long do I have?!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Johnny, As much as I like to socialize…I hate crowds and I think a lot of us will be avoiding the pubs. You have plenty of time to think about something…you have until next Monday. Perhaps you could think of something for F.F. and an outfit that would be perfect for the occasion. 🙂

  37. ramblingtart says:

    Bangers and mash is my very favorite too! 🙂 Especially when the mash is colcannon. Delicious!!

  38. I didn’t know you had an Irish back ground Karen, pretty cool. Of course, growing up in England, I’m familiar with bangers and mash. We didn’t do colcannon as such, but we would mix up our mash with the cabbage or sprouts, fry it and make bubble and squeak. Cabbage and potatoes are a great combination, fried or otherwise! Happy St Patricks Day to you. Your meal looks fabulous and I’m sure it’s much better than the pub’s.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Nazneen, Thank you for your lovely compliment and wish. My grandfather on my father’s side was Irish. I’m actually going to make bubble and squeak tonight with left over colcannon. 🙂

  39. Happy St. Patrick day! those dishes look so yummy!

  40. Happy st Patricks day my friend! Sounds like you spent it just right in thatch roofed cosy dens and with delicious classic comfort food 🙂

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  41. We were discussing St Patrick’s day last night. I think a home cooked Irish meal will be on our menu as well 🙂

  42. Liz Posmyk of Bizzy Lizzy's Good Things says:

    What a fun post, Karen! The Irish pub sounds like a great place too!

    • Karen says:

      Thank you Lizzy, for your nice compliment. I’m happy to know that you enjoyed the post. The pub is a fun place to visit as it is very atmospheric.

  43. Susan says:

    I’ll be at The Bog Irish Bar, newly opened after the earthquakes (only took 3 years!) for a drink with my sister who will be in town, then we’re heading to a Tapas bar for dinner! Got to toast our heritage though – I actually have Irish citizenship through foreign birth registration, although my passport has expired. I purchased a lovely pair of claddagh earrings when I lived in Dublin that have an emerald heart – they’re the only green thing I wear on St Patricks Day 🙂

    • Karen says:

      Hi Susan, I think you have a great day planned for St. Patrick’s Day. Your earrings sound like the perfect item to show your green for the day. I appreciate your visit and comment and I hope you have a great day of celebrating. 🙂

  44. This dish looks absolutely mouthwatering!

  45. Gallivanta says:

    The bangers and mash look just perfect for a St Patrick’s Day meal.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Gallivanta, I’m glad you like the recipes for the bangers and mash. My husband and I really enjoyed the meal and I think it is perfect for St. Patrick’s Day.

  46. I still remember seeing the St Patrick’s Day Parade in New York, many many years ago. Now I think I’d be doing the same as you…celebrating at home! Bangers and mash sounds perfect! Happy St Patrick’s Day!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Jenny, I’m sure the parade in New York is interesting just as the one in Boston must be. I’m glad you like the recipes for bangers and mash…it is a tasty meal.

  47. I literally just drooled my friend!! I can just taste that amazing colcannon!! Shared on my FB page! ♥

  48. Bangers and mash is one of my husband’s favorites. We don’t usually go out on St. Paddy’s as neither of us are very Irish, but I feel inspired now to make this next weekend. Thanks for posting!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Betsy, I know exactly where your husband is coming from, my husband absolutely loves this dish. I’m happy to have inspired you to cook an Irish meal at home. I know that you will create a delicious meal. Thank you for your nice comment.

  49. Sissi says:

    I have no Irish friends here so I never celebrate St Patrick’s Day, but Irish pubs in my city serve green beer on that day (I have heard it’s awful 😉 ). I love good bangers whenever I’m in London (though the cheap ones can be horrible) and have heard a lot of good things about colcannon from a friend who lives in Ireland. Your Irish dinner looks fantastic! Reminds me of good pub food in UK… (Have never been to Ireland).

    • Karen says:

      Hi Sissi, I can understand that you wouldn’t have any Irish friends in Switzerland so I will officially adopt you into my group of friends that aren’t Irish but can be Irish for a day and enjoy the traditional foods of the country. I think you would enjoy colcannon…especially during the fall and winter season. 🙂

  50. An Irish Pub would be fun, but I prefer a home cooked meal, especially if the dish is as delicious as your recipe!

  51. Happy St Patty’s Day to you! I love colcannon and champ – must make them again soon! And the Irish pub looks wonderful too!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Celia, I’m happy that you enjoyed the post about the Irish pub in our area…it has so much atmosphere. I agree with you, colcannon and champ are delicious/

  52. Happy St. Patrick’s day to you! Your supper of bangers and mash look like something that would be a hit with my children! 🙂

  53. I pretty much do not pay much attention to St. Patrick’s Day as far as celebrations go, but I will say that I have never met anyone from Ireland that I did not instantly like! Nice post Karen.

    • Karen says:

      Thank you Teresa, I do think that the Irish have a wonderful joy of life that shines though even during their most dire conditions in life. I’m happy that you enjoyed the post and thank you for your nice compliment.

  54. You have seriously reminded me how much I like meat and potatoes! I think this is how I will celebrate St Patrick’s too. I’ll eat lots and lots of veggies the days leading up to it and pick one of your recipes:)

    • Karen says:

      Hi Wendy, I do enjoy my meat and potato dishes even though I try to balance them out with more healthy meals. I’m happy that you enjoyed the post and my recipe suggestions. I hope you will enjoy whichever recipe you decide to prepare. Thank you as always for your lovely comment…it is very much appreciated.

  55. hotlyspiced says:

    What a yummy meal – such great comfort food and I love how you presented it – sausages don’t always look elegant on a plate! That pub is gorgeous. What a beautiful old church. I love the stained glass windows xx

    • Karen says:

      Thank you Charlie, for your nice compliment. I’m glad you like the meal and how I plated it. I agree with you about the pub…the windows are beautiful.

  56. Happy St. Patty’s Day Karen! I love going into traditional irish pubs and just soaking in the atmosphere and of course the beer. Your bangers and mash sound amazing and just love that rich gravy on top. I wonder how it would taste to add a little Guiness beer instead of wine. Might give that a go. I so need to make this filling meal for my teenagers. Thanks for the inspiration. Have a super week. Take Care, BAM

    • Karen says:

      Hi Bobbie, I’m glad you you enjoyed the post. The onion gravy is great made with Guinness beer. I was thinking about your teenage boys…I’m sure they could finish off this meal in no time at all. We have a friend whose boy is a senior in high school and I’ve seen how quickly he can make a plate of food disappear. 🙂

      • It really is amazing the amount of food they can pack away. I think they must have hallow legs where do they put all of that food? Have a super weekend.

  57. The good old banger with delicious colcannon. Growing up in an Asian family, I’d never experienced colcannon until my first year in culinary school. It’s the kind of hearty fare I’d definitely crave in winter. Luckily you get to experience St Pat’s day on the other side of the hemisphere too 🙂

  58. As much as I’d love to make corned beef and cabbage for St. Paddy’s Day, the hubby would much prefer your bangers and mash 🙂 And I’d love to visit the Holy Grail on a non-Irish holiday 🙂

    • Karen says:

      Hi Liz, It sounds like are husband’s are like. You are right about the Holy Grail being a fun place to visit…except on St. Patrick’s Day when it is too crowded for us. 🙂

  59. Barbara says:

    Karen, the Holy Grail looks like a hoot and a half! Yes, there is a small group of us that always head to a local pub. Food is usually appalling, but we go with the flow and have fun. Would much rather come to your house for that yummy meal!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Barbara, So you are one of the brave ones that celebrate with the crowds…I know you must have a great time. With the weather being so cold this time of the year, a nice Irish meal at home makes us happy. I always have plenty of food…too bad we aren’t neighbors. 🙂

  60. That pub sounds great! And the bangers and mash look SO good. =)

    • Karen says:

      Hi Amy, The Holy Grail is a fun place to go to…I know it will be crowded on St. Patrick’s Day. I’m happy that you like the bangers and mash, they are as good as they look.

  61. you are so right, Everyone is Irish on Saint Patrick’s Day. Like you, we’ll celebrate with friends at home–too loud at the pubs. I love the onion gravy spooned over your bangers and colcannon.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Nancy, It seems that a lot of us would like to celebrate away from the crowds. The onion gravy really adds lots of goodness to this simple but tasty meal and I appreciate your nice compliment.

  62. What a nifty mural! Do Orangemen count as Irish? I hope so – that describes my wife. We’re going out for corned beef and cabbage later today.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Darryl, I think the artist did a great job with the mural. I hope you enjoyed your corned beef and cabbage…it was better to not have to fight the crowds. 🙂

  63. Mmmmmmm…. this looks so perfect – this is the kind of comfort food we love! The colcannon looks so good!

  64. Juliana says:

    Yum! Everything looks so good Karen…such a comfort meal!
    Have a great week my dear 😀

    • Karen says:

      Thank you Juliana, for your nice wish and compliment. I have to agree with you about this being a comfort meal…it was perfect for a cold night. I hope you have a lovely week as well.

  65. Francesca says:

    It sure looks delicious.

  66. andreamynard says:

    Wonderful! Your onion gravy looks fab, like the idea of cooking it in the pan you’ve browned the sausages in.

    • Karen says:

      Thank you Andrea, for your lovely compliment. The onion gravy is the “icing on the cake” so to speak…it really adds to this dish.

  67. Thank you Karen for your impressive bi-lingual St Patrick’s day greeting and many happy returns. Enjoy your celebration of the day at home. 😉

    • Karen says:

      I appreciate your lovely compliment, B. I’m happy that you liked my greeting…It was my pleasure. I hope you will have a nice celebration as well. 🙂

  68. Karen, I really love bangers and colcannon. Perhaps a bit untraditional, but I like my bangers with a spicy mustard. Have a great St. Patrick’s Day! Take Care, Big Daddy Dave

    • Karen says:

      Thank you Dave, for stopping by for a visit. I’m happy to know that you liked the post. I have to agree with you…I like Dijon mustard with sausages. 🙂 I hope you have a fun St. Patrick’s Day as well.

  69. There are plenty of Irish pubs for us to choose from, but they tend to get crowded and little rowdy! Not so much my thing. 🙂 I’d love to cook something fun for the occasion, and I’ve been curious about Colcannon for years and just haven’t. Maybe this will be the year. But I must admit I’m maybe a bit more tempted by the Shepherd’s Pie. I’m going to have to think about this, Karen. But the recipes are wonderful!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Debra, I agree with you that Irish pubs can get a little rowdy on St. Partick’s Day. If you make my version of shepherd’s pie, it is prepared with a colcannon topping…you will be getting to dishes in one. 🙂

  70. Those bangers and mash look delicious, and I love the other dishes! St. Patrick’s Day is such a fun day, and while I’m not Irish, I always celebrate. 🙂

    • Karen says:

      Thank you for your nice compliment, Marcie. I’m happy to know that you like my suggestions of different dishes for St. Patrick’s Day. I believe you will be one of many that are not Irish but will be celebrating the day. 🙂

  71. I love St. Patrick’s Day, and I actually am (mostly) Irish! This year, I have to make colcannon.

  72. ladyfi says:

    That Holy Grail looks amazing! Enjoy the day.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Ladyfi, The owners of the Holy Grail did a great job of preserving the architectural parts of church building and turning it into a nice pub.

  73. This looks like the absolute perfect meal for St. Patrick’s Day! Neat looking restaurant. I love it when old churches are repurposed.

    • Karen says:

      I appreciate your nice compliment, Christin…I’m glad you like the meal. It really was nice that the old church could be given a new leash on life as it hadn’t been used in a long time.

  74. While I was reading your post, my stomach actually started rumbling. This looks so good!

  75. I have never tried bangers but boy do I love, love, love, corn beef and cabbage!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Elizabeth, Bangers are sausages…you can use whatever your favorites are and the dish would be good. I’m with you about corn beef and cabbage, I don’t know why we don’t make it more often. Leftovers are so good too.

  76. shashi @ says:

    Your “Colcannon” sounds so great with that cabbage in it! I have gotta try this out sometime!
    Happy St. Pattys!

  77. I am not Irish, but your bangers and colcannon looks delcious!. I hope you enjoy your St. Patrick’s Day!

    • Karen says:

      Thank you for your nice compliment, Dawn. The bangers and colcannon are a dish that I think anyone would enjoy. I appreciate your stopping by for a visit.

  78. That all looks extremely delicious. Did you know in Chicago we traditionally dye the river green for St. Patrick’s Day? Also there are two parades, one on the north side and one on the south side. Go to the wrong parade and you are likely to lose a couple of teeth.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Jason, I’m glad that you like the looks of my bangers and colcannon. I have see the river when it is green in photos and on TV but I didn’t know that there were two parades in Chicago. I learn so many new things from my blogging friends.

  79. We love bangers and mash, haven’t had it with colcannon so thank you for sharing your recipe. All of your recipes look scrumptious. Thanks for sharing!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Nancy, I believe you would really enjoy having colcannon with the bangers. I think it is a nice combination…especially with the onion gravy. Thank you for your nice compliment, I’m glad you like my recipes.

  80. Beth says:

    I don’t think I could choose between the lamb stew and the shepherd’s pie. They both look terrific! Happy St. Patrick’s Day.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Beth, If all the dishes were sitting out in front of me, it would be hard for me to choose as well. Thank you for your nice compliment and wish…I hope you will have a nice day as well.

  81. krimkus says:

    I made colcannon once. We really loved it. Have a terrific St. Patrick’s Day!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Kristi, I’m glad you know that you like colcannon…my husband and I really enjoy it. Thank you for your wish, I hope you will have a nice day as well.

  82. Annette says:

    I used to live in Ireland and St. Patrick’s Day is a big thing there. Funny, how lots of people search for their Irisch roots. Nice blog – look forward to seeing more.

    • Karen says:

      Thank you for stopping by for a visit, Annette. I’m happy that you like my blog and appreciate your nice compliment. I look forward to your return. 🙂

  83. I love this post. I am visiting Cork and Dublin this summer. Can’t wait! My dad is from Dublin but I grew up in England. You should check out the scotch egg post that I did as a tribute to Seamus Heaney when he died on my food blog We both love bangers and mash, but I have never made it with colcannon. Seems really stupid now. Will be rectifying this very soon. Love Emma xxx

    • Karen says:

      Hi Emma, Thank you for stopping by to visit and your lovely compliment. I do hope you will try the bangers and colcannon…I think it is quite good. I did go over and your Scotch eggs look delicious and were a lovely tribute to Seamus Heaney. 🙂

  84. looks like a fun place and man I want those bangers and mash

    • Karen says:

      Hi Rebecca, I agree with you that the Holy Grail is a fun place to go to…the did a great job turning the church into a pub. The bangers and mash are as good as they look…I hope you get a chance to try them.

  85. This looks really delicious, Karen! I love the addition of red wine in your gravy and would love to try making this. What a charming pub too. The windows are gorgeous.

    • Karen says:

      Thank you Susan, for your nice compliment. This is a simple dish but it really is full of flavor….especially with the onion gravy. I love that they saved the beautiful church windows in the pub as they are beautiful.

  86. Saskia (1=2) says:

    The Holy Grail looks SO beautiful, and unlike anything in my neighborhood! I’m a sucker for a thatched roof and stained glass windows. The mural is lovely too.
    Gorgeous mouth-watering scroll through all your lovely Irish meals. I’ve not made Colcannon before, but it looks similar to Dutch hutspot which I love.
    Haven’t made corned beef since last Winter, and I’m sooo looking forward to some lovely cool weather to waft our way so I can get into slow simmering again. Happy St Patrick’s Day!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Sas, Between the thatched roof, the windows and the mural, I think the owner did a fantastic job with the pub. I’m glad that you enjoyed the suggestions for a St. Patrick’s Day meal. I’m going to look up the Dutch hutspot. I’m sure the cooler weather will be heading your way soon. Thank you for your nice wish and compliment, they are both appreciated.

  87. You live in a really picturesque are in NH. Those are really cute establishments. I am not fond of sausage, but am of all the last listed dishes. I am clicking on lamb stew right now.

  88. afracooking says:

    Only you can make a plate of bangers and mash look elegant. Tasty it always is, but elegant rarely 🙂

  89. My Kitchen Stories says:

    Hi Karen
    It is amazing you are right, each and every St Patricks Day is a riot of colour and awful singing, but it is an excuse to eat yummy food. I love bangers and mash. Yours looks very tasty indeed

    • Karen says:

      Hi Tania, People really like to celebrate on St. Patrick’s Day…sometimes a little too much but there is a lot of good food for the festivities.

  90. I’ve never had Bangers and Mash but I’m happy to eat anything that is served over potatoes! It looks delish. That pub is absolutely charming.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Valerie, I appreciate your stopping by for a visit. You can use any sausage you prefer to make bangers and mash and it is especially good when you add onion gravy. Thank you for your nice comment.

  91. mjskit says:

    Thank you for my St. Patrick’s Day meal. I’ve never made bangers and mash and have always wanted to. Yours looks so good and I have everything for it. Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

    • Karen says:

      Hi MJ, I’m happy to know that my post has inspired you. I believe you will enjoy bangers and mash. It is not a fancy meal but it sure is good. 🙂 Thank you for your nice compliment.

  92. Thanks for sharing with us the Holy Grail, Karen! I want to go there someday. The stained glass windows are stunningly beautiful. That mural…is gorgeous and just takes you in. Lovely photos. And, the perfect recipes to celebrate St. Patty’s Day! Thanks again for sharing, my friend. You have a gift for writing and I just loved this post!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Stacy, I’m happy to know that you enjoyed the post about the Holy Grail. It is such a lovely pub that I would have included it in one of my posts about the interesting historic buildings in our area of New Hampshire if I didn’t want to include it for St. Patrick’s. I’m glad you enjoyed all the recipes and really appreciate your lovely compliment, thank you. 🙂

  93. Jerry says:

    That looks delicious! We’re having our St Patrick’s Day dinner tomorrow. I made two corned beefs (even though that is NOT a true Irish celebration food) and tomorrow I will bake one in the oven with a delicious glaze. I’ve made a colconnan pie for the past few years – everyone loves it so I’m making it again! 🙂

    • Karen says:

      Thank you for your nice compliment, Jerry. Corned beef may not be a true Irish celebration food but it is wonderful, none the less. I cook one every year for not only a main meal but for sandwiches and hash. Your colcannon pie sounds great. 🙂

  94. LFFL says:

    It’s gonna be a fun day for all! I love that mural, too. How pretty.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Cita, St. Patrick’s Day does trend to be fun and a little rowdy at times with parades, beer and good food. I agree with you about the mural, it is lovely.

  95. rozpaige says:

    Although I’ve never tried bangers and mash, I know that from your recipe and your photos, that I’ve certainly missed out on this treat! The Irish are so wonderful; I hope that you have a wonderful St. Patrick’s Day Karen! (pinned on my St. Patrick’s Day Pinterest board to share with everyone too.

    • Karen says:

      Thank you for your lovely compliment and wish, Roz. I also appreciate you adding the pin to your board. I do think you would enjoy bangers and mash. 🙂

  96. Joanne says:

    I still haven’t decided what I’m making yet for St. Patty’s day…but this bangers and mash is definitely giving me some inspiration!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Joanne, With all the suggestions for a St. Patrick’s Day meal, I’m sure you will create something delicious. I’m happy that my post gave you some inspiration.

  97. I won’t be in a pub either, but I will be celebrating with some holiday food. Your plate looks wonderful Karen. Especially that onion gravy.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Lea Ann, It appears that the majority of us tend to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at home. I’m glad you like the looks of the meal…the onion gravy really adds lots of flavor. Thank you for your nice compliment.

  98. Charles says:

    Great looking bangers and colcannon. I haven’t had that (or rather bangers and simple mash, which is what I normally do) in absolutely ages. Unfortunately good “bangers” are hard to come by here in Sweden. They don’t really have the same sausage culture like they do in England and Ireland.

    • Karen says:

      Thank you Charles, for your nice compliment…I’m glad you like the looks of my meal. It is too bad that you can’t get good sausages in Sweden but I’m sure it is balanced by things that are easier to come by than when you were in France.

  99. Carolyn Jung says:

    Corned beef and cabbage is always such a treat on this holiday. But sausages and potatoes? A classic that nobody can ever refuse.

  100. Some wonderful new recipes to try Karen…we have some wonderful Irish pubs here and a huge parade. Happy St Patrick’s Day

  101. What a delightful feast to celebrate St. Paddy’s Karen. We’re crazy about bangers and mash. They’re very common in Britain too and we love ordering this at the pubs in London when we visit our daughter.

  102. Sophie33 says:

    Bangers & mash is great but bangers & colcannon is even better for me,….yummmm. Your other Irish inspired dishes look excellent too. 😀

  103. Happy St Patrick’s Day, Karen! I am half Irish on my Father’s side so I always celebrate the holiday. YOur bangers and mash looks delicious!

    This looks like a fun pub to visit! The ancient castle/church in mural on the wall reminds me of the Rock of Cashel, which I’ve been fortunate to visit twice in Ireland.

    • Karen says:

      Thank you Pat, I had a nice day…I hope you did as well. I’m glad you like the bangers and mash, it was a very tasty dish with the onion gravy. I’ll have to ask the owner about the painting…it wouldn’t surprise me if you are right.

  104. YUM! Colcannon is one of my favorites – your St. Patrick’s Day dish looks so good – even thought it is over, I could eat some of yours right now!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Kelli, One nice thing about the bangers and colcannon is that it is not restricted to just St. Patrick’s Day…it is delicious anytime. Thank you for your nice compliment.

  105. restlessjo says:

    Love the look of the Holy Grail, Karen. I could munch away quite happily in there, I think. Having said that, if you invited me for lunch I’d be pretty sure to turn up 🙂 That’s no ordinary-looking sausage and mash you have there. I didn’t realise you put garlic in the mash for Colcannon, and that splash of red wine will surely liven up the sausages. (or that tasty Kung Pao chicken would be nice 🙂 )

    • Karen says:

      Hi Jo, If you every make you way to New England, we head to the Holy Grail for a drink and then I’ll fix you the bangers and Colcannon. I love garlic mashed potatoes and like adding it to Colcannon as well even though it is not a common ingredient.

  106. Carolyn Chan says:

    I love how on St Paddy’s the entire world unites over food and beer 🙂

    • Karen says:

      I totally agree with you, Carolyn. St. Patrick’s day is one day in the year when wearing green, drinking beer and eating Irish food seems to take over large portions of our world.

  107. cabinet stew says:

    HA! I have eaten there with my mom, dad and my irish husband! Fun to remember – thanks!

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