This is a simple dish that tastes amazing when served up with some lovely roast vegetables and a nice red wine gravy. It’s a take on the classic british sausage roll with a touch of class to it, helped along by the chorizo, mushroom and apple stuffing. Delicious hot or cold this is definitely one dish that will please everybody!
As always I have used a sweet smoked chorizo here, but if you like a kick, then feel free to use spicy if you prefer. The mushrooms are fine if they are normal white ones, but chestnut are a little nicer in my opinion, if you want a really pungent mushroom flavour then consider using porcini mushrooms. As with any dish using sausages, make sure you have at least 70% pork in there. As for the cheese, well that’s up to you too, I use a smoked cheese, because I like the flavour, but that doesn’t mean you have to! Try different combinations and flavours until you find what you like!
Oh, one more thing, don’t waste time making pastry, shop bought puff pastry is just as good and far less time consuming!
- Packet of puff pastry
- 250g pork sausage meat
- 100g chopped chorizo
- 100g chopped mushrooms
- 50g chopped apple
- 1 celery stick, chopped finely
- 1 clove garlic, chopped finely
- 1/2 teaspoon Liquid Smoke
- 2-3 slices smoked cheese
- 5-7 sage leaves, chopped finely
- 1 egg, mixed
- 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
- Preheat your oven to 200C/180C Fan/Gas Mark 5.
- In a large non stick frying pan heat the oil on a medium heat and add the celery and garlic, followed a minute later by the chorizo, Liquid Smoke, apple and mushrooms. Stir every 30 seconds or so and add the sage leaves. Take off the heat after about 5 minutes, when everything is soft and well cooked and leave to one side.
- Prepare your pastry – if it’s in a block, then roll it out until only 3-4mm thick and in a rectagular shape. If the pastry is ready rolled, all the better because you don’t have to do anything! Lay it out on a lightly floured work surface and move on to the next stage.
- Take your packet of sausage meat and cut it in half. Take the first half and flatten it until it is a long rectangular shape, roughly 2-3 inches wide and 6-7 inches long. Place the sausage meat rectangle into the centre of the pastry.
- Next take your fried mixture and spoon it generously on top of the sausage meat layer you just placed on the pastry. On top of this, lay all of your cheese followed by the other half of the sausage meat, in the same rectangle shape as the bottom piece. Then, brushing the edge with egg, fold the sides of the pastry up and over, making a sausage roll shape, press the far ends down firmly and place the whole thing, seam side down (so basically what WAS the top should now be the bottom) onto a greased baking tray before brushing all over with more egg mixture and slicing 3 or 4 times in the top to allow steam to escape during cooking.
- Pop the tray into the oven and allow to bake for about 35-45 minutes until the pastry is golden brown all over. Remove from the oven and allow to rest for 5 minutes before cutting into thick slices and serving.