Sausage rolls the perfect party piece

sausage rolls   For this week’s cooking battle we decided to look into ‘the perfect party piece’. I spent a good while thinking about something that was quintessentially British and something that was easily recognised as a party piece, the first thing that popped into my mind was sausage rolls. These juicy parcels of sausage meat wrapped in crisp flaky pastry are simply perfect for popping on a plate and sharing round a group of friends; they hold themselves at a buffet and are also the perfect complement to a summer’s picnic. Most importantly they are very much a British dish (Amber can very much vouch for the fact she’d never heard of this pastry goodness). So the humble sausage roll is as the name suggests a roll of sausage meat which is encased in puff pastry. I always think it’s best to make your own sausage rolls because let’s be honest those found in chain bakeries and garage forecourts just lack a certain something. This is definitely meant to be a treat and they definitely aren’t the healthiest food in the world so maybe just enjoy in moderation. However I say this but Amber and I scoffed the lot all in the name of this culinary journey. Homemade doesn’t have to mean difficult, these sausage rolls can be whipped up in less than an hour and they don’t cost much either which also makes this a perfect party piece. You can make your own pastry but it’s much easier to buy some ready rolled puff pastry from the supermarket and if it’s good enough for Mary Berry then its good enough for us. As for the sausage rolls it’s easiest to use a pack of sausage meat and add ingredients to make them juicy and tasty. I added chopped garlic and fresh parsley to give flavour to my sausage rolls but a whole range of ingredients can be used. Great flavour combinations include apple, leek or sage and onion or you could be more creative and invent something a little bit whacky the choice is yours. Let’s get cooking!   Ingredients –

  • 375g ready roll puff pastry
  • ½ chopped garlic clove
  • A handful of chopped parsley
  • 400g sausage meat
  • 1 beaten egg to glaze

IMG_4144   1.) Heat the oven to 200C/180 fan / gas mark 6 .Pop the sausage meat into a large bowl and break up into a smoother mixture. Add in the garlic, parsley and a tablespoon of cold water. Mix everything together to create a smooth paste like mixture. 2. Lay out the pastry on a flat surface and cut in half. Divide the sausage mixture in two and spread along the length of each pastry strip (leave a 1cm edge). Tightly roll the pastry and the meat and brush with the egg glaze. Using a sharp knife cut each roll into ten pieces and place on a baking tray. 3. Pop in the oven for 25-35 minutes. The pastry should have risen with a golden crust. Remove and enjoy! IMG_4149

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