I Heart Pub Food

So while I appreciate fine food and exotic ingredients, at the core my tastes are pretty pedestrian.  In the past, anytime someone has asked me what type of food was my favorite, I was embarrassed to answer, “pub food.”  But really, it’s just comfort food and is there anything better than a good burger, homemade mac & cheese or chicken pot pie?  Plus, I’ve been pretty lucky to have been exposed to some of the best pub food while living in the Pacific Northwest and London.  So yeah, I like pub food.

My final Barefoot Contessa recipe for the week was Bangers & Mustard Mash and I was really excited to try it.  I bought Sweet Beer sausages from my favorite Danish Sausage Meister and finally invested in some dry mustard and crème fraiche.

I’ve run across crème fraiche in recipes before, but I’ve found that it’s difficult to find or too expensive so I usually substitute heavy cream.  Now that I’ve tried it, there’s really no going back.  It made the texture of the potatoes so creamy and rich I could’ve eaten them for dessert.

The beauty of this recipe is that it is so straightforward in its simplicity.  It’s basically creamy mashed potatoes with cooked sausage placed on top.  Madison wasn’t too hip to the mustard flavor, but both Joel and I thought it tasted great.

Bangers, Mustard Mash and Broccoli

We actually had some leftovers, so for breakfast Sunday morning (house all to myself – yay!)  I put some of the potatoes and diced sausage in a pan to “fry warm” them.  I sliced a green apple and voila!  Breakfast was ready.

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3 comments on “I Heart Pub Food

  1. Rob
    February 18, 2011 at 10:33 am #

    I love pub food too. Like you, I lived in London and then Kew Gardens where I often found myself at The Coach & Horses. There was something about the place and the food was hearty and satisfying – The Ploughman’s Platter was my favorite.

    Anyways, Creme Fraiche doesn’t have to be expensive. Trader Joe’s always has it in stock and it’s not anymore expensive than a tub of Mascarpone.

    Muah!

    • Heather
      February 18, 2011 at 1:44 pm #

      Loving the Ploughman’s Platter…I always think of you when I assemble one.

      I found that Fresh N’ Easy has a good Creme Fraiche at a reasonable price. I guess it wasn’t so much the cost of the Creme Fraiche, but the availability.

  2. Susan Weisberger
    February 18, 2011 at 3:21 pm #

    I want some..:)

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