Sometimes, it’s just faster to cheat. I don’t mean hitting a drive-through, or picking up a frozen pack of pastizis – I’m talking a shortcut for some tasty finger-food when guests pop round or family turn up unexpectedly. When you like to cook for people, this brings a level of expectation for whatever you serve – so I’ve found some quick and easy ways to get around serving great tasting food whilst keeping the time and effort to a minimum.
These sausage rolls can really be tailored to what you like. Don’t eat chilli? No problems, perhaps a strip of bacon and some pepper. Got some vegos to look after? Substitute the sausages for soy-sages. The sky is the limit!
1 x pack of frozen puff pastry
1 x pack sage leaves
1 x red chilli
1 x pack of gourmet sausage (I chose Free Range Pork)
1 x glass of water
1. Preheat an oven to 200C and prepare an oven tray with baking paper
2. Cut the chilli finely. Do this by slicing it finely one way, then dicing
3. Have your water and a brush ready to go
4. Lay out a sheet of pastry, and place two sausages lengthways, leaving approximately one sausage-width at the top of the sheet for rolling. Cut your sage leaves in half, and place along the top of each sausage. Add the diced chilli
5. Baste the pastry before you roll it to cover the sausages.
6. Roll the pastry! This only needs to be rolled until it is one full circle, then baste to bind the pastry together, and then cut.
7. Slice up your rolls, you should be able to get about four out of each line of sausages. Cut these almost all the way through (this ensures no exploding in the oven and keeps them nice and neat).
8. Baste some water across the top of the roll, finish the rest, and pop into the oven!
7. Chuck these into the oven for approx. 20 minutes or until golden brown.
8. Serve! I reckon throwing a couple of different sauces out for the folks, perhaps a gourmet BBQ sauce or a relish. Just to give it that home-made feel. Enjoy!