Christmas is all over and done with, except those pesky returns.
And now it’s time to bring in the new year with some good food and good friends.
I will be enjoying both of those, especially these sausage rolls!
Store bought apps usually sound so good (egg rolls filled with cheeseburger?! What is this witchcraft?), but they lack the flavour and overall appeal of most things that can be homemade.
I think sausage rolls fall into this category. They can be salty and soggy and bland.
It doesn’t take much time, or effort to make them at home either.
So, let’s do that and impress our guests!
We’re going to buy some all butter puff pastry (or if you have the time? Make it.)
Now we need are some interesting, good quality sausages. We choose Maple Orange Rosemary, and I definitely recommend something similar.
After that it’s just a matter of assembling these delightful appetizers.
In a bowl we can add sausages without their casings, a chopped apple, salt pepper, and any herbs/zests that seem appealing (since my sausages had some added already this wasn’t necessary.)
Mix it together. Really get those hands in there and work it.
Meanwhile roll out your pastry, or if pre-rolled, celebrate. We want it to be 10″x14″. Then cut it in half lengthwise.
Once everything’s ready we’re going to shape that meat into a long log. You might have to stretch it, but it will get there in the end. Leave some space at the edges of the pastry for sealing.
Egg wash it shut, crimp with a fork, then brush all over with that wash. This makes things golden and gorgeous.
Cut each log into 8 pieces, or so. Then bake them up until perfectly golden brown and crisp. Or freeze them for later!
Oh, and by the way….Happy New Year!
Original recipe here.
- 400g good quality sausage, with a nice flavour (such as Maple Rosemary Orange)
- herbs, and zest if using plain sausage, like rosemary, sage, and lemon or orange zest
- 1 small apple, chopped
- pinch of salt and pepper
- 500g of all butter puff pastry
- 1 egg, and a dash of milk
- In a large bowl add your sausages with casings removed. Toss in chopped apple, salt, pepper, and any other seasonings you are using. Mix well.
- Meanwhile roll out your pastry if needed, and make sure it is 10 x 14 inches. Slice into two equal pieces lengthwise.
- Divide sausage filling into two equal parts and shape into long logs. Place in the middle of the pastry and leave about 1 inch on either end.
- Whisk together egg and milk for an egg wash. Spread on one edge of the dough, fold the pastry over the filling and lightly press edges together, then crimp with a fork to seal. Brush egg wash all over the top of this roll. Repeat with remaining sausage roll.
- If cooking immediately preheat the oven to 425 degrees F, and bake for about 20 minutes, or until golden brown and sausage is cooked through.
- If not, freeze and when needed, bake for 25-30 minutes at the same temperature.