Pork, sage and apple sausage rolls
Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery right? That’s why I couldn’t resist making these pork, sage and apple sausage rolls that I spotted on LexEat
a month or so ago. There is nothing better than a homemade sausage roll and they are always infinitely superior to the store bought versions. The recipe I usually make is fairly plain with just pork mince, onions, breadcrumbs and a little bit of seasoning in the filling. When I read Lex’s recipe with its additions of sage, beer and apple my mouth started to water and I couldn’t wait to try them. Of course I could not cope with leaving the recipe alone entirely so I kept in the diced onion from my recipe just to add a little more flavour. The result was truly delicious. Thanks Lex!
The finished product
500g puff pastry (the equivalent of 3 sheets or 2 rolls)
Plain flour for dusting
1 egg lightly beaten
500g pork mince
50g fresh breadcrumbs
1/2 onion finely diced
50ml real ale
6 fresh sage leaves finely chopped (plus around 30 smaller sage leaves for decorating)
1 apple, cored and grated
Salt and pepper to season
I made these at my Mum’s house which was such a treat as she had a wealth of beautiful fresh sage growing in the garden
1. Mix all the filling ingredients with your hands (with the exception of the sage leaves for decorating), season and leave to chill for 30 mins.
2. Roll out the pastry onto a lightly floured surface and cut into lengths which are about 10 cm x 30cm. If you are using sheets of pastry cut the pastry sheets in half.
3. Shape the sausage filling into long logs and place it in the middle of each piece of pastry.
4. Brush the edges of the pastry with the egg and then roll the pastry over to enclose the sausage mixture and press the edges to seal. Chill for 30 min.
5. Cut each log into sausage roll size, small for party size sausage rolls like the ones I made or you could make long sausage rolls for a lunch time snack.
6. Brush each sausage roll with the remaining egg and top with a sage leaf.
7. Preheat the oven to 220C and cook the sausage rolls for 15- 20 mins or until golden. Serve immediately or let them cool and pop in the freezer ready to be reheated for about 10 mins in the oven when you need them.
Makes around 30 small sausage rolls or 10 large sausage rolls.
Rolling out the sausage mixture on the pastry
If you are looking for good party food recipes you might be interested in this recipe for crab croquettes or this recipe for bruschetta.