No.21 Jumbo Pigs in Blankets and Champ

Although ‘pigs in blankets’ are traditionally a reserve of Christmas cookery why can’t they be a mid week treat?  Here is a very basic recipe to make jumbo pigs in blankets with champ – an Irish dish of mash potatoes with spring onions.

DSC_0097Serves: 3                             Time: 40 minutes


6 large pork sausages

6-12 rashers of smoked bacon (dependant on size)

1kg of starchy potatoes i.e. maris piper

3 tablespoons of butter

50ml of whole milk

8 spring onions

  1. Peel your potatoes and retain a good handful of the peels. Boil the potatoes in salted water for 30 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile wrap the sausages in the bacon and cook in a 200 degree Celsius oven for 20-25 minutes until the sausages are cooked and bacon crisp.
  3. Simmer the milk and potatoes peels for 10 minutes in a saucepan. Then remove the peels and add the roughly chopped spring onions and butter and continue to simmer until the spring onions are soft.
  4. Mash the potatoes adding in the spring onion/milk/butter combination until a smooth mash forms.  Add any extra salt to taste.
  5. Serve with the sausages.

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