prep time: 20 minutes
cooking time: 50 minutes
- 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
- 1 brown onion, finely chopped
- 100 g streaky bacon, finely chopped (optional)
- 2 cooking apples, peeled and diced into small (1 cm) cubes
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar or maple syrup
- 1⁄2 teaspoon fennel seeds
- 500 g free-range pork mince
- 1 tablespoon chopped thyme
- 3 sheets (25 cm × 25 cm) frozen puff pastry, just thawed
- 1 egg, lightly beaten
- 1 tablespoon sesame seeds (optional)
- salt and ground black pepper
Melt the butter in a small saucepan over medium–low heat. Add the onion, bacon (if using) and apple and cook for 3–4 minutes or until softened. Sprinkle over the brown sugar or maple syrup and 1 tablespoon of water and toss to coat. Add the fennel seeds and cover the pan. Cook, stirring often, for a further 10 minutes or until the apple is soft. Set aside to cool. Roughly mash with a potato masher to break up the apple.
Preheat the oven to 200°C (180°C fan-forced) and line a large baking tray with baking paper.
In a large bowl, combine the pork mince, thyme and apple mixture. Season with salt and pepper.
Cut each pastry sheet in half. Place 1/6 of the mixture running lengthways down one of the pastry strips, moulding it to form a long sausage shape. Brush the edges of pastry with water and
fold over to enclose the filling. Cut into 3 pieces (or more, depending on your chosen portion sizes) and place on the lined tray, seam side down. Repeat with the remaining mixture and pastry. You can freeze the sausage rolls at this point.
Brush the egg over the tops of the sausage rolls, then sprinkle with the sesame seeds, if using. Bake for 35 minutes or until golden brown and cooked through.
TIP: cooked sausage rolls make a great addition to your savoury baking box.
STORAGE: keep in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 days. Alternatively, freeze cooked or uncooked sausage rolls in individual portions, wrapped in plastic film, for up to 2 months.
- Gluten/wheat: use gluten-free pastry.
- Egg: brush the pastry with your preferred milk instead of the egg.
- Dairy: use olive oil instead of butter.
- Sesame: simply omit or use poppy seeds as an alternative.
This is an extract from The Family Meal Solution by Allie Gaunt, Jessica Beaton & Sarah Buckle.
Published by Penguin Random House Australia, RRP $39.99.