I think one thing a lot of us are doing right now is eating. I find myself looking forward to cooking and my next meal (more than usual!) at the moment, as it breaks up my day a bit, during lockdown.
The idea for these sausage rolls came about, because my kids are obsessed. I wanted to see if I could make a lighter recipe for summer, because I tend to make sausage rolls in the colder months and they are heavier and hearty and the ultimate comfort food. But these use chicken sausages and summery ingredients that go really well with a glass of wine in the garden when the sun decides to show its face.
I hope you enjoy!
A pack of Heck Chicken Italia sausages – you could use any chicken sausage, though. I know Aldi do their own!
A small packet of bacon lardons, fried off before adding to the mix.
A small handful of sundried tomatoes, chopped into small chunks.
A large handful of grated cheddar cheese.
A small handful of chopped, fresh basil.
Salt and pepper to season.
A sheet of readymade puff pastry.
Sesame seeds to top (optional – you could do without, or use poppyseeds instead!).
1) Preheat your oven to 180 degrees celsius. Fry off your bacon lardons in a pan, let them cool on a piece of kitchen roll.
2) Add all of your ingredients, including your Your chicken sausages won’t need removing from their casings if you use the Heck ones. It’s very delicate and just falls apart. Mix together with your hands, until everything is evenly combined.
3)Wash your hands and divide your puff pastry in half, down the middle (you want your pastry to be in the landscape position when you cut it, if that makes sense!). Divide your chicken mixture between both halves of pastry – don’t be tempted to overfill, any leftover mix can be frozen and used another time. Would make a great pasta sauce with some chopped tomatoes, onion and garlic too!
4) Fold and seal your sausage rolls, and cut into whatever size you like. We do little ones as they are easy to share that way. Lay them on a baking tray lined with greaseproof paper/foil with a little spray oil (either is fine). Top with a little egg wash and a sprinkle of sesame seeds if you have them!
5) Pop in the oven for about 20 minutes, until cooked through and golden!