Happy Friday readers! It’s almost the weekend and apart from my high spirits for that reason, I’m also starting to get excited about Christmas festivities. I always plan a Christmas drinks party and this week’s recipe is definitely going to make a star appearance – it looks simple, delicious and perfect for soaking up the booze! Thank you so much to Alexandra for sending it in and as always let us know if you’ll be trying this one at home?
Hello, ladies and gents of Florence Finds! It’s a pleasure to be here and I’d like to take this opportunity to wish you all a Happy Friday. There are just a few short hours until the weekend, and thank you to Rebecca for inviting me to spend those hours with you.
As the days darken, the lamp posts sprout fairy lights and the familiar tones of Slade start to swoop through the shops, my thoughts turn to unhealthy party snacks. Specifically, sausages. Little cocktail sausages. Sausages wrapped in bacon. Sausagemeat stuffing balls. And, my new obsession, home made sausage rolls.
These burnished beauties come from Jamie Oliver’s 30 Minute Meals. He presents them as part of a summer picnic – and that’s how I first tried them – but I think they’ll really come into their own as party food. The perfect two-bite size for juggling with a glass, they’re fatally delicious and if you’ve only ever eaten bought sausage rolls, I implore you to try them. Forget dog-food-style filling inside bland, soggy pastry,these are a total revelation. Crunchy, flaky, melting, meaty, cheesy, savoury and delicious. I know that’s just a list of adjectives but the sausage rolls remove my capacity for coherent thought.
Ever since I tried these, I am resolved never to buy sausage rolls again – not when these were so easy and so good. For bonus points, you can make them up in advance and keep them in the fridge until you want to cook them, giving plenty of time to deck the halls and get out the booze. But whether you’re planning a big party or looking forward to a cosy night in with Strictly and the sofa, I guarantee you won’t regret giving these a go. Along with our “Real Fireplace” DVD (complete with a disembodied hand poking the embers!), these will definitely be making a star appearance at our Christmas party. Although, if the test batch was anything to go by, I have a sneaking suspicion that they might not stick around for too long.
(From Jamie Oliver’s 30 Minute Meals)
Makes 20 mini rolls
– 1 sheet of ready-made, ready-rolled puff pastry
– 12 chipolata sausages
– an egg, beaten
– a teaspoon of fennel seeds (please don’t leave them out if you don’t like fennel – I don’t like it either, but these are just perfect here)
– a chunk of parmesan
– a few spoonfuls of sesame seeds to sprinkle on top
Preheat the oven to 220C and line a baking tray with parchment or something non-stick.
Unroll your pastry and cut it in two lengthwise so you’ve got two long rectangles. Brush them both with beaten egg, then arrange six sausages down the middle of each rectangle, slightly overlapping as you can see in the photo. Sprinkle over the fennel seeds and a hefty scattering of grated parmesan.
Fold the pastry over the sausages to make two long rolls and squish down the seam with the tines of a fork to make a crimped pattern. Then brush the whole lot with beaten egg, scatter over the sesame seeds and cut each long roll into 10 mini ones.
Bake in the oven for 15 minutes or until golden and crunchy, and serve hot. I guarantee you won’t have any left by the time they’re cold.
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