Man, sausage rolls are good. I mean good sausage rolls. Not the shoddy, moist (and somehow dry) overcooked things you get in Spar. Real sausage rolls made with real meat and real pastry and cooked properly with a little love and attention and flavour. Give me a decent sausage roll and I can probably take over the world.*
These little beauts are based on a Jamie Oliver recipe (as most of my “Original” creations are) that he did in his 30 minute meals book. I have used it numerous times and they always come out perfect. The best thing is they take about five minutes to prep, sit happily in the oven for twenty and then are fit to be enjoyed by the masses.
Use the puff pastry straight from the fridge. If you have it frozen just defrost in the fridge overnight. You can use any sausage you like. I have gone for a pretty good quality Pork, Apple and Sage number that treats me well every hungover Saturday.
1 Sheet of puff pastry
6 large sausages
1 tsp of fennel or cumin seeds
-Preheat your oven to 180 degrees.
-Roll out your sheet of puff pastry onto a floured surface (or just leave it on the plastic it came in to avoid making a mess)
-Slice it in half lengthways.
-To the side of each piece of pastry line up your sausages.
-Grind up your fennel/cumin seeds in a pestle and mortar (or just use ground if you have it) and sprinkle a little over each sausage.
-Grate over some (or loads, whatever) of the parmesan cheese.
-Fold each of your long strips over and press the edges together firmly.
-Use the tines of a fork to crimp it together so it doesn’t open when it cooks.
-Next crack your egg into a small bowl and whisk together.
-Coat the sausage rolls in a little of the egg wash using a pastry brush.
-Cut each section in half and each of those halves in thirds. This should give you 12 little sausage roll bites.
-Sprinkle a large baking tray with flour and set your rolls evenly apart on the tray.
-Place them in the oven for about 15 to 20 minutes or until they are golden on top. That will be your best indicator for how cooked they are.
-When they are done, pile them high in a bowl and serve with a bowl of ketchup for dipping. Perfection.
*Well maybe a continent. I’ve played Risk. World domination is hard.