Winter is closing in, Dear Reader and our thoughts start to turn of long, dark days, winter woolies, red wine and comfort food. One of the favourite comfort foods in Casa Del G&J is a sausage roll. Not the type you consume on a garage forecourt, but the type you make at home for a cosy dinner. Here, I give you my recipe for the best ever pork sausage rolls, enjoy!
- 12 high quality sausages (I used these from Waitrose)
- 2 packs of ready made puff pastry
- ¾ of a cup of breadcrumbs (either your own or pre-made, I don’t judge)
- A teaspoon of each; parsley, rosemary and cumin seeds
- A tablespoon of Dijon mustard
- 1 beaten egg, to glaze
Skin your sausages by lightly slicing lengthwise, so that only the skin is pierced. Then using your thumbs, flip the sausage casing out and empty the sausage contents into a large mixing bowl. A tip you can have for free, Dear Reader, is to make the slice on all sausages before attempting to empty out the cases, this will save you getting the sausage contents everywhere.
‘Tiffany, why are you using sausages instead of sausagemeat?’ I hear you ask. Well, Dear Reader, it’s because commonly sausagemeat is about 40% or higher of bulking agents, such as rusk. Now, while in this recipe we add a bulking agent (breadcrumbs) to soak up the moisture of the sausages and ensure they don’t become soggy and vile, we can control how much we add and what’s inside it. Happy?
Add your breadcrumbs, mustard and herbs to the sausages and mix thoroughly. Set aside. Get your pastry out of the fridge and roll out, then roll out slightly more with a rolling pin. I would never bother to make my own puff pastry unless I had a weekend spare and had momentarily lost my mind. Take two fistfuls of the sausage mixture and place it in a line along the long edge of the pastry, leaving half a centimeter on the long edge. Then take that edge and roll over until it meets the pastry on the opposite side of the sausage mixture. Run a knife down the side of the pork sausage roll, then score lightly across the top. Using a fork, press the ends down and the side where the pastry meets on the long side. Get a pastry brush and brush your egg mixture liberally on the top and sides of the pork sausage roll. Repeat until you have made all your pork sausage rolls (this recipe should make four long ones).
Bake in a pre-heated oven on 180 degrees for 30 minutes or until golden brown and puffed up.
Enjoy these delightful pork sausage rolls on a cold night with the most British of side-dishes, steaming hot baked beans! BOSH!