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Sage Sausage Rolls

by Lucy Williams

We’ve teamed up with deliciousmagazine.co.uk in the run up to Christmas to find the perfect wine matches to some of the UK’s favourite dishes. In 4 weeks, we’ll feature 4 easy to make delicious. dishes, each matched to a selection of wines, making it as easy as possible for you to choose your festive wines this year.

This week, serve up these amazing sausage rolls at a Christmas drinks party to guarantee happy guests. Perfect for making ahead of time and freezing too, avoiding that last-minute festive panic.

Makes: 28
Takes: 30 minutes to make, 15 minutes to cook, plus chilling

Ingredients

  • 500g block puff pastry
  • Plain flour for dusting
  • 1 medium free-range egg, lightly beaten
  • For the filling:
  • 450g sausagemeat
  • 50g fresh breadcrumbs
  • 50ml real ale
  • 6 fresh sage leaves, finely chopped, plus 28 small leaves for decorating
  • Small handful of fresh flatleaf parsley, leaves finely chopped
  • 1 eating apple, cored and grated

Method

  1. In a big bowl, mix all the filling ingredients together with your hands. Season then chill for 30 minutes.
  2. Cut the pastry in half and roll out each half on a lightly floured surface to a 42cm x 10cm rectangle. Divide the sausagemeat in half, roll each portion into a 42cm log and lay along the middle of each pastry strip. Brush the edges of the pastry with a little beaten egg, then fold over to enclose the sausagemeat, and seal well. Chill for 10 minutes, then, using a sharp knife, cut each log into 14 pieces and place on a baking tray. Brush all over with beaten egg, then top each with a small sage leaf.
  3. Open-freeze, then layer in a freezer-proof container or bag. Freeze for up to 3 months.
  4. Preheat the oven to 220°C/fan200°C/gas 7. Bake from frozen on a baking tray for 15 minutes until puffed, golden and cooked through. Serve warm.

Nutritional Info Per roll: 110kcals, 6.4g fat (2.8g saturated), 1.6g protein, 8.8g carbs, 0.8g sugar, 0.3g salt

Majestic Wine Pairings

Lindauer Brut NV

A fresh and zingy sparkler from New Zealand with a citrus edge.

Why this wine?

Serve this sparkling wine with these little beauties (sausage rolls) at a drinks party this Christmas. At under £10 the bubbles stay flowing. Superb!

Canard-Duchêne Brut NV Champagne

They say a bottle of Canard-Duchêne is opened every 15 seconds in France!

Why this wine?

Pushing the boat out needn’t feel like such a pinch with this classic Champagne. Spoil your best friends, and do as the French do. Even smelling like Brioche and pastries this is indulgence at it’s best this Christmas.

If you’d like to find out more check out our Christmas Food and Wine Matching

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