Vegetarian English Sausage Rolls
These vegetarian sausage rolls made with Gimme Lean Sausage and puff pastry were outstanding! I've wanted to try making a veggie version of this English classic for a while now, but had no idea they'd be this good. Hubby had four and said he could have eaten four more (and he's not a vegetarian). My vegan friends also loved them.
I initially thought I'd cook up some preformed veggie sausages and wrap them in pastry. But English sausage rolls are actually very soft, not typically a solid formed sausage. I reviewed my mum's old Good Housekeeping Cooking Compedium (the cookbook I grew up with) and, sure enough, the recipe called for loose sausage meat formed into sausage-like shapes by hand with a little flour. That little epiphany was what made these sausage rolls great!
Gimme Lean Sausage was the perfect product to use for these (and, to be honest, I very rarely use it). I used defrosted premade Puff Pastry (Pepperidge Farms, I think). All you do is form small sausages out of the Gimme Lean Sausage with a little flour, wrap the sausages in a rectangle of puff pastry (sealing all the sides with your fingers), score the top with diagonal lines, and brush with beaten egg for that brown, shiny look (optional, but very nice if you're not vegan). Bake on a greased tray at 400 for 10-15 minutes (mine were about 4" long and took 15 minutes).
The sausage rolls must be served with Coleman's English mustard, a hot mustard that is absolutely perfect with these.
I made a meal of these with Heinz Baked Beans and salad with English Salad Cream.
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