I first tried a version of these vegetarian sausage rolls after seeing them in a Thermomix cook book. Since then, I have experimented with them and changed them around and this is the versions that I love. I get asked a lot, about what sort of meat are in these sausage rolls and when I tell people they are vegetarian they look at me as if I’m lying. I also often get, “I can’t believe it’s not meat” comment, hence the name.
I often make my own puff pastry, but it is very hard work and sometimes definitely not worth the bother when you can buy the beautiful “Pampas Butter Puff Pastry” in the supermarket. I prefer the “Butter” Puff Pastry as it is so light and has that delicious butter taste that a good puff pastry should! If you would like to have a look at all things Pampus, why don’t you pop over to their PAMPUS WEBSITE and check them out!
You will seriously be able to fool your kids into thinking they are eating sausage roll, when really they are eating yummy nuts, cheese and a few veggies. I always make a big batch and put some into the freezer as they make a handy last minutes meal straight from the freezer into the oven.
20g Olive Oil
2 Cloves Garlic
2 Sprigs of Thyme
100g Roll Oats
40g Tamari (soy sauce)
100g Ricotta Cheese
Pepper to taste
3 Sheets of “Pampus Butter Puff Pastry”
1. Finely chop onions and saute in a frying pan, add crushed garlic and grated carrot and sauce until carrot is soft.
2. Place warm mixture into a food processor or blender with thyme, oats, halloumi, walnuts and pecans and blitz into a fine crumb.
3. Place eggs, breadcrumbs, tamari, ricotta and pepper with the rest of the mixture and mix on a low speed until well combined.
4. Follow directions for making up the sausage rolls after the Thermomix Method and bake in a hot oven 220ºC for 15 – 20 minutes.
1. Cut onion into halves, roughly chop carrot and place into the mixing bowl, chop 3 seconds/speed 7, scrape down the sides of the bowl, add garlic and thyme and chop 3 seconds/speed 5.
2. Add oil and sauté 5 minutes/Varoma/speed 1.
3. Add halloumi, nuts and oats and blend, 5 seconds/speed 6.
4. Add eggs, ricotta, breadcrumbs, pepper and tamari then mix 20 seconds/speed 5.
5. Follow directions for making up the sausage rolls and bake in a hot oven 220ºC for 15 – 20 minutes.
MAKING UP THE SAUSAGE ROLLS
1. Allow the puff pastry to just defrost and cut each piece into half.
2. Brush the edges of the pastry with a little milk and spread a portion of the “sausage meat” onto the pastry.(If your hands are a little damp, it will help spread out the mixture)
3. Using the plastic separators, fold over the pastry. You will have to squish the mixture as you roll.
4. Place the large rolls (seam side down) onto a prepared baking tray, brush with milk and sprinkle with your favourite seed, like sesame… I used nigella seeds, but any will do!
5. Repeat the process until all the mixture is used.
6. If you want to cut the rolls into smaller portions, you need to put the baking tray into the freezer for about 20 minutes so the pastry becomes more manageable. After that you can cut them any size you like, freeze them for later or cook them straight away. Make sure that your oven if hot before putting the sausage rolls in, as this will help puff, the puff pastry!
7. Cook in a preheated hot oven 220ºC for 15 – 20 minutes and serve with your favourite tomato sauce or relish!
I hope you take a chance and make these interesting, no meat, sausage rolls!
Oh one last thing… it doesn’t matter how many times I make this, even if I double it… I always have one piece left over. This is what I do with that one little piece.
Cut around the edge, brush with milk, sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar, place some thinly sliced apples on top and sprinkle with more cinnamon and sugar. Bake in the oven at 220 for 15 minutes! You have your self a little treat for making homemade sausage rolls! 🙂
So, do you have a favourite no meat dish? What about those dishes that hide lots of veggies so you can just get more vitamins and minerals into your family? What little treats do you allow yourself every now and again?
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