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confession May 8, 2010

Filed under: Pork — dashingdiva @ 7:20 am
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I’ve a confession to make.

I’m addicted to a reality TV show and it’s not glamorous like Australia’s Top Model or Bitchy like Survivor or Project Runway….It’s actually, very, prudish & domesticated….I”m addicted to Masterchef! For those who have never heard of it, it’s a reality tv showcasing amateur cooks in Australia pitting their cooking skills to win a whole slew of prizes, namely, money to make their dreams as a chef come through. (this includes a book deal, $100k to start a restaurant & of course loads of publicity)I love it because it’s just about the only reality tv where people don’t turn nasty on each other.  Of course, I also love it for all the inspiring recipe ideas & cooking tips and the only reality tv where you actually LEARN something from it.

Anyhows. In the recent episode, the Masterchefs did a cooking demo on Sausage Rolls. I LOVE home-made Sausage Rolls and was really amazed at how EASY it is! So I’m saving it here on my blog and will definitely definitely have a crack at it very soon!

And oh, the touch of sesame seeds as topping, makes it really posh as well! Great as a party finger food.

photo & recipe from Masterchef.com.au

Sausage Rolls with Hidden Vegetables

1 tbs unsalted butter
1 large carrot, peeled, grated
1 tbs olive oil
1 small brown onion, finely chopped
4 thyme sprigs
1 bay leaf
2 garlic cloves, crushed
350g beef mince
350g pork mince
1 tbs wild oregano
2 cups fresh breadcrumbs
2 x 375g packers Careme frozen puff pastry, thawed, halved
3 egg yolks, lightly whisked
Poppy and sesame seeds, to garnish
tomato or BBQ sauce, to serve

Step 1: Preheat oven to 180°C.

Step 2: Heat butter in a saucepan over medium heat, add grated carrot and cook for until carrot starts to soften. Cover with a lid and cook for 4-5 minutes until very soft. Puree carrot mixture in a blender until smooth. Season to taste. Set aside to cool completely.

Step 3: Heat oil in frying pan over medium-high heat, then add onion, thyme, bay leaf, garlic and a pinch of salt. Cook for 4-6 minutes or until onion has softened. Remove thyme sprigs and bay leaf and set aside to cool completely.

Step 4: Combine minces, ¼ cup of the carrot puree, oregano, onion mixture and breadcrumbs in a large bowl. Season with salt. Divide the mince mixture into 4 portions and shape into a 25cm log. Place pastry sheet onto a floured work surface and roll to about 4mm thick. Slice each pastry sheet in half lengthways. Place the sausage log across the closest edge of a pastry sheet. Roll to enclose mixture until the two edges of the pastry meet, trim and discard excess pastry. Brush a little egg wash on the join to secure.

Step 5: Place sausage rolls on a lined baking rack, brush with egg wash and sprinkle evenly with seeds. Repeat with remaining pastry. Cook in the oven for about 20 minutes or until golden and cooked through.

Step 6: Slice rolls on an angle, about 2cm wide. Serve with either tomato or BBQ sauce.


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