I am often asked "what kind of food do you eat in Australia?"
The challenge to answering this can be almost the same as having the Third Culture Kid answer the question of "where are you from " , but usually starts out the same.
Australia is a country with a rich history of tens of thousands of years of diverse indigenous human habitation. This was then followed by the recent short blip of a couple of hundred years of European colonization , coupled with more recent influence from our closer Asian neighbors . That however is a whole other blog post!
Today I am proud to share what is a staple of the Australian diet, the humble sausage roll. It is found in many venues; sporting events, home parties, school lunches, even on your lap in front of the telly (TV).
The beauty of any sausage roll recipe is that it can be adapted to all tastes . Add a little more of this, a little less of that, maybe even substitute where you see fit. Best served with a good quality ketchup or tomato sauce.
2 pre-rolled puff pastry sheets, halved
1lb ground sausage (I get mine from supermarket that makes their own)
½ cup fresh breadcrumbs or ½ cup dried breadcrumbs
1 small onion, finely chopped & sauted
1 tablespoons chopped parsley
1/4 cup milk
salt and pepper
2 tablespoons milk
- 1. Pre-heat your oven to 430°f.
- 2. Lay all the sheets of pastry out on your counter top.
- 3. Mix together the meat, breadcrumbs, onion, parsley, milk and salt and pepper.
- 4. The mixture will be quite sloppy-this keeps the sausage rolls moist.
- 5. Lay out a long line of mix down the long edge of the pastry-about 1/2 an inch in from that edge.
- 6. Whisk the egg and 2 tablespoons of milk together in a small bowl.
- 7. Roll up & seal the inner edge with a little of the egg mix.
- 8. Cut each of these rolls in quarters.
- 9. Prick each roll a couple of times with a fork.
- 10. Repeat this until all the pastry and mix is used.
- 11. Brush the tops of the rolls with the egg wash.
- 12. Place in the oven and cook for 5 minutes.
- 13. Reduce the heat to 400°f and cook for a further 20 minutes.
- 14. Remove to a tray to cool a little before serving them with ketchup