So good. And no need for any animal to die for you to totally get the sense of a sausage roll! (Am I about to discover sausage rolls are really an Australian-ism?)
Anyway, I made these up initially for Henry's birthday party. They were OK – I made them creamier with sour cream and cheese in them – but I wasn't happy with the texture so tried again. And these are delicious. Really happy with them. Have to blog them so I don't lose/forget the recipe!
I served them with sweet chili sauce at the party, but for dinner will serve with steamed vegies. Or a spinach and haloumi salad would go perfectly too.
VEGETARIAN 'SAUSAGE' ROLLS
3 sheets of puff pastry (I have yet to make my own. Coming soon. I used the frozen version.)
1½ cup wholemeal breadcrumbs
½ cup rolled oats
1 large zucchini, finely grated
2 carrots, finely grated
1 tablespoon tomato paste
1 cup chickpeas (cooked)
1 tablespoon tahini
salt and pepper
This recipe is easiest if you have a food processor, but you can easily do it without. If you have a processor, whizz your bread into breadcrumbs, and throw in your oats and process till fine. (Otherwise make up your breadcrumbs and bash up your oats in a mortar/pestle.)
Add your zucchini and carrot into the processor and whizz (or add to breadcrumbs and oats in a big bowl and mix well.)
Add the chick peas to the mix and process well until smoothish.
Add the eggs and tahini and process again.
(Or just stir up well in the bowl!)
Add seasoning to taste.
Lay out a sheet of puff pastry and cut in half (into 2 rectangles). Spoon some mix down one long side. Paint edges with milk (to help stick) and roll up into long sausage. Cut into 4 (so each sheet makes 8) and paint the top with milk. Sprinkle with sesame seeds.
I think I used a total of 3 sheets, making approx 24 rolls. I think. I'll make it again and update this if I've got that wrong.
Bake in a moderate oven (180°C) for about 20 mins or until golden.
Hide them from the kids unless you want them all eaten (note to self.) Also hide from Adam. In fact, make an extra batch because they freeze beautifully (uncooked) and you can take them out and cook from frozen for a snack.
Because it's all about satisfying snacks.
(I am a mad breastfeeding woman. You there, back away from the bakery item.)
Or any excuse, really.