Here is my recipe for Twelfth Night Sausage Rolls, though they can be quite happily enjoyed at any time over the Christmas period. We munched our way through them on New Year's Day, so quickly, in fact, that we only had two and a half left when I remembered that I wanted to photograph them! They are moist, and lightly spiced, with gentle Christmas flavours on the inside, and crisp, golden pastry on the outside. Perfect for a snack or light meal whilst catching up on the Christmas telly you missed.
500g/1lb sausage meat (or sausages removed from their skins)
1 lemon, zested
2 tbsp dried cranberries
2-3 tbsp mincemeat
500g/1lb puff pastry (I bought mine)
Salt and pepper
Optional flavourings: sage leaves, leftover stuffing or stuffing mix, shallots, caramelised onion chutney, mixed spice, thyme, chopped roasted chestnuts
1. Preheat oven to 200c/fan 180c/400f/gas mark 6.
2. Put sausage meat, lemon zest, cranberries, mincemeat, and any other flavourings you fancy (I'd only add one or two at most) into a mixing bowl. Squidge it all together with your hands.
3. On a lightly floured surface, roll out pastry into a rectangle about 25cm by 35cm. Don't worry about measuring - it doesn't have to be perfectly accurate. Slice in half lengthways, so that you have two long thin rectangles.
4. Divide your sausage meat mixture into two, and then form each bit into a long sausage the length of your pastry. I added sausage meat to the centre of the pastry, bit by bit, squidging and pulling until it fit end to end.
5. Beat your egg in a bowl or cup, then brush along the edges of the pastry.
6. Lift the edges of the pastry and fold over the sausage meat, making sure to overlap and pressing down with a fork or your fingers to seal the pastry.
7. Cut each length into 8 even sausage rolls, and place them onto a greased, or foil lined, baking tray, with the pastry join underneath.
8. Brush all over with beaten egg. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Pop into the oven for 20-25 minutes, until the pastry has puffed up and looks golden and crispy. You can check the sausage is cooked with a meat thermometer - the internal temperature should be 72c, but make sure the thermometer is in the sausage and not the pastry. In the absence of a meat thermometer, stick a knife into the meat and leave for a few seconds. When you pull it out, the blade should be very hot.
9. Enjoy hot. Or cold. And if you have enough leftover to reheat, pop them in a 200c/fan 180c/400f/gas mark 6 oven for 10-12 minutes, again until piping hot in the middle.
Right, now I'm off to finish the pâté and cheese for lunch, before we crack open the last of our mince pies.
How do you use up your leftovers?