Every year that Christmas dinner falls to me I always make a pork stuffing using pork mince or sausage meat along with seasonal dried fruit, nuts and herbs. Combinations I’ve made in the past are cherry, chestnut and walnut pork stuffing; apricot, cranberry and pecan pork stuffing; apricot and hazelnut pork stuffing and cranberry and chestnut pork stuffing.
I didn’t get around to making stuffing for Christmas, but didn’t want my ingredients to go to waste, so instead, I made some festive sausage rolls using the stuffing mix and some shop bought puff pastry. They were delicious and great as a Christmas night snack or as a party food.
Festive Sausage Rolls
I made two pork sausage meat stuffing mixes; one was chestnut, sage and onion and the other was apricot, almonds and ginger. It’s always hard to give exact quantities because I have a habit of just throwing in what I have to hand…
I guess as a rule of thumb, for a packet of sausage meat, add a handful of dried fruit and nuts and about a tablespoon or so of herbs. Season with salt and pepper of course. If you want to check for flavour and seasoning, you can always cook a teaspoon of mixture off in a frying pan to taste it in advance and then adjust accordingly.
To make these festive sausage rolls you will need…
- pork sausage meat stuffing mixture – flavour suggestions above, or just use plain
- ready-rolled puff pastry
- water for sticking the pastry together
- a little milk to brush over the tops of the sausage rolls
How to assemble…
- Dust a little flour on your surface and place the ready-roll pastry down.
- Place the sausage mixture about half way down in a log shape end to end. Gently flatten out a little bit and try to make sure it is evenly spread.
- Fold the pastry over to cover the sausage meat, and brush some water on the pastry to make the edges stick together.
- You can then slice the festive sausage rolls to any size you like. I halve the roll, then half each half again (that makes sense right?!)
- Place each sausage roll on a greased baking sheet (or lined with greaseproof paper) and make a slit in the top of each one as shown in the photo below. Brush each one with a little milk.
- Bake at 220C/Gas 7 for 25-30 minutes until puffed and golden.
- Serve hot or cold.
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