Mini sausage rolls are a British party snack similar to the American pigs in a blanket. They're a kids party staple that I've never quite grown out of because, let's face it, they're basically just meat wrapped in butter. They're easy to make and go down a treat with guests of all ages. I know this because we threw down for the Oscars at the end of February and these disappeared fast.
I try not to eat too much meat but for a party or special occasion it's nice to treat yo' self. There are a couple of places I can buy decent meat, one close to work (Stachowski's) and close to home (Meats and Foods). They do excellent dogs/sandwiches as well, so if you're ever in DC--check them out.
This recipe is insanely easy, mainly because I use store bought puff pastry. But hey, if it's good enough for Ina, it's good enough for me. Depending on the size of the party, I'll usually make a couple of batches ahead of time and then re-heat them before serving. Traditionally, sausage rolls are just sausage and pastry, but I always add a few extras because I'm not seven anymore and mustard is my jam.
1 sheet of puff pastry
1 pork sausage
spoonful of mustard
sprig or two of thyme
dash of worcestershire sauce
salt and pepper
egg/milk (to glaze)
Preheat oven to 400F. Line a baking tray with parchment paper and lay out the pastry. Just below the center, spread the mustard in an inch think line all the way across the pasty.
Take sausage meat out of its skin and and arrange in an inch thick log on top of the mustard. Drizzle worcestershire sauce over the sausage. Sprinkle thyme leaves across the pasty and lightly season with salt and pepper.
Fold top half of the pastry over the sausage and press the edges together with a fork. Trim the edge to get a neat line. Gently slice the pastry log into inch wide segments and slash the top of each segment.
Glaze the log with egg or milk. Bake in the oven for 30 mins or until pasty is golden and sausage is cooked.
Once cooked, remove from oven, cut the segments apart, and place on cooling rack. These can be eaten hot or cold, but are best when they're fresh out of the oven!