Cumberland sausage ring with Cumberland sauce, mash and fresh watercress

You can’t beat sausage and mash for a hearty supper, but this version really ups the ante with a port and citrus Cumberland sauce and dressed watercress on the side.


For the Cumberland sausage ring and sauce
  • 4 Cumberland sausage rings
  • 4 sprigs thyme
  • 1 lemon, zest cut into julienne
  • 1 orange, zest cut into julienne
  • 220g/8oz redcurrant jelly
  • 4 tbsp port
  • 1 tsp English mustard
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
For the mash
  • 1 kg/2lb 4oz potatoes, peeled and quartered
  • 150g/5½oz butter
  • 150ml/5fl oz double cream
To serve
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp sherry vinegar
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 bunch fresh watercress

Preparation method

  1. For the Cumberland sausage ring with Cumberland sauce, preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4.

  2. Place the sprigs of thyme in between the Cumberland rings and place on a baking tray.

  3. Roast in the oven for 30-35 minutes, or until cooked through. Just before serving remove the thyme.

  4. Heat a medium saucepan of boiling water and blanch the lemon and orange zest three times, refreshing under cold water every time.

  5. Once the zest has softened, strain and leave to one side.

  6. Place the rest of the ingredients into a medium saucepan and whisk until glossy and thick. Season with salt and pepper and add the lemon and orange zest and simmer for five minutes.

  7. For the mash, boil the potatoes in salted water for 15 minutes, or until tender. Drain and place the potatoes back into the saucepan over the heat to remove any excess moisture.

  8. Place the butter and cream into a saucepan and heat until the butter is melted. Add to the mash and beat well until soft and creamy. Finally season with salt and freshly ground black pepper.

  9. To serve, mix the oil, vinegar and mustard in a small glass bowl and dress the watercress. Place the sausage on a serving plate or shallow bowl, spoon the mash onto the plate and pour over the sauce. Garnish with the fresh watercress.

James Martin recipes from Saturday Kitchen

Less than 30 mins preparation time

30 mins to 1 hour cooking time

Serves 4

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