After making my beef pie I found myself with a fair bit of pastry left over, and not wanting it to go to waste I made this delicious sausage plait. A sausage plait is a glorified giant sausage roll and could also be thought of as a savoury strudel. This is another recipe I have never made before but my Aunty has always made the most delicious sausage plaits, so I have grown up loving them. Often when we went round to see my aunty and uncle a sausage plait would be the star feature of a buffet, or on offer as a tasty lunch. I have never been fortunate enough to manage steal her recipe but I would say this mix of ingredients came close, and Sam and I managed to polish off the whole thing in record time!
Serves 2-4 as a main meal or light lunch
– 1 carrot – grated
– 2 apples – grated
– 1 large red onion – finely chopped
– 5 good quality pork sausages – skin removed
– 2/3 tsp dried thyme
– 1/2 tbsp tomato puree
– Salt and pepper
– Puff pastry (see yesterday’s recipe for homemade pastry)
– 1 egg – beaten
Heat the oven to 190’C
Fry the onions in a large frying pan for about 5 minutes until soft
Add the sausage meat and stir until starting to brown
Add the carrot, apples, thyme and puree, mix well and cook on a medium – low heat for 7-10 minutes until the mixture is cooked through and soft.
Add a good twist of black pepper and salt to your taste
Roll out the pastry on a floured work top so it is about 20cm by 30cm wide and about 5mm thick
Spoon the sausage mix so it is in a strip down the middle of the pastry, leaving enough pastry either side to wrap over it
Leave an inch either side of the sausage mix and then cut horizontal strips in the pastry about 1.5cm apart towards the sausage meat
Bring one side of the pastry up over the sausage and brush with the egg and then repeat with the other side, again brushing with more egg
Bake in the oven for 30-35 minutes until golden brown and crispy.