Sausage Rolls

My family are beasts when it comes to sausage roll. Me too, I won’t deny that I’m a feasty beasty when it comes to sausage meat wrapped in pastry. A marriage of two my my favourite foods, I prefer  a mini bite sized one or two or ten, but won’t turn down a big one. The smell of them cooking has me fixated on the oven timer, and warm from the over it’s hard to find a comfort food of equal standing. As The Crokery will be bursting at its seams this Christmas I have begun making and freezing them. Seriously no work of a lie, when we’re in full swing I can’t keep up with the demand without a little backup.

Sausage meat, beats taking the case off sausages

Sausage meat is so versatile, it can be flavoured with practically anything, so rummage in you larder  & grab what looks tasty.

Parmesan, cranberries, sage, rosemary,tomato paste, pecans, onion relish

Here are a few recipes for flavouring the sausagemeat

Herb sausage rolls

1 pound sausage meat, 3 tsp chopped fresh rosemary, 3 tsp chopped fresh sage, 2 tsp dried oregano, 1 scant tsp black pepper.

Margarhita sausage rolls

1 pound sausage meat, 2 heaped tbsp onion relish, 1 tbsp tomato paste, 25g finely grated parmesan cheese, 25g finely grated pecorino cheese.

Cran-Can sausage rolls

1 pound hot sausage meat, 50g chopped pecans, 50g chopped fresh cranberries.

METHOD

Which ever recipe you decide on, or whether you make up your own the method is the same. Chuck all the ingredients into a bowl and mix thoroughly either with you hands or a wooden spoon.

Pull off a large piece of  plastic wrap and lay it flat on the counter. Place the sausage mixture onto it in a long line. Encase in the plastic wrap, and roll to make into a skinny sausage, twist closed the ends and chill.

Roll out the pastry into a long thin rectangle. It should be between 1/8 and 1/4 inch thick.

Start rolling the sausage meat into a, well thinner sausage shape that is 1 inch in diameter and lay it onto the pastry 2 inches from the edge

When the sausage meat is length of the pastry, brush beaten egg along the edge

Roll the pastry over the sausage meat

Like this, Press the fold over edge down onto the pastry to seal it

Cut to get a straight and then press down with a fork, this is decorative and also a double seal.

Brush the top with egg

I cut the sausage rolls into 1 inch lengths

Lay them onto a parchment paper covered baking sheet and…

Pop them into the freezer until frozen.

When they are frozen I put them in a freezer bag then whip them into a 325º oven for 30 – 35 minutes

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