Pork, Thyme and Caramelised Apple Sausage Rolls

January 27, 2012

So Chinese New Year took a backseat and passed by without much fanfare and Australia Day was just another day of the week. But I’m not complaining. I just came off the most painful, emotional and heartbreaking weekend of my life and it has drained me in every way. And while things have somewhat ‘settled’ and improved, I know that time is ticking and nature is cruel. More pain is inevitable and I don’t think I’ll ever be prepared for it. But every extra moment spent is precious.

I’ve got nothing much to offer you this week (sorry!). But I did make these recently for a picnic and I just love them and the nostalgia it stirs up with every bite. Sausage rolls were always my childhood favourite and I knew I was ‘home’ when I first tasted them after my family migrated over in ’86. And this week is naturally, the perfect time to bring out these babies since ya know, it was Australia Day and all that. Normally I’d be bumming at a beach with an esky of beer but instead, I’m going to have a quiet few weeks at home, with the rain pattering against the windows and my beautiful dog and man by my side.

And that’s all that I could ever ask for.

Pork Sausage Rolls with Caramelised Apple and Thyme
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Cook Time
15 min
Cook Time
15 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 Tbl butter
  2. 1 Tbl extra-virgin olive oil
  3. 2 small granny smith apples, cut into 1cm cubes
  4. 1 Tbl caster sugar
  5. 2 Tbl olive oil
  6. 4 golden shallots, finely chopped
  7. 2 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
  8. 3 Tbl finely chopped thyme
  9. 1 Tbl finely chopped parsley
  10. 500g good quality minced pork (with a bit of fattiness for more tender sausage rolls)
  11. 1 sheet of butter puff pastry (I used the square frozen sheets)
  12. 1 egg, lightly beaten
  13. Black sesame seeds to garnish
Instructions
  1. Heat butter and extra-virgin olive oil in a pan over medium heat. Add apple and stir occasionally until beginning to colour (about a few minutes). Scatter over sugar, stir occasionally for 10 minutes or until caramelised, season to taste and set aside to cool.
  2. Meanwhile, heat olive oil in another pan over medium heat. Add shallots and garlic, stir occasionally for a few minutes or until tender, add herbs, season to taste and set aside to cool.
  3. Combine the cooled shallot mixture plus cooled apple mixture to the pork mince, season to taste and fold through to combine.
  4. Preheat oven to 220°C. Place a sheet of puff pastry on a lightly floured surface. Place half the pork mixture along one long edge leaving a 1cm border.
  5. Brush with eggwash and roll until it just encloses the pork. Cut along the edge, seal then cut into small rolls (size to your preference).
  6. Place on an oven tray lined with baking paper and repeat with remaining pastry and pork. Brush with egg-wash, scatter with black sesame seeds and bake for about 15 minutes or until golden and cooked through
Notes
  1. Recipe from Gourmet Traveller
Citrus and Candy http://www.citrusandcandy.com/
Peach BBQ Sauce
Why serve these with a mediocre tomato sauce when you can have something awesome, like say, peach bbq sauce? The recipe comes from the lovely Spicy Ice Cream, who was the evil wench that got me hooked on the stuff (note: I adapted the method slightly).
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Ingredients
  1. 120ml puréed peaches
  2. 160ml tomato sauce
  3. 60ml water
  4. 2 Tbls worcestershire sauce
  5. 1 Tbl cider vinegar
  6. 1 Tbl bourbon
  7. 2.5 tsps treacle
  8. 1/2 tsp mustard
  9. 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
  10. Garlic, chilli, parsley, thyme and oregano (optional), to taste
Instructions
  1. Place all the ingredients into a heavy based saucepan and bring to a simmer while stirring. Simmer over low heat for about 10 minutes or until reduced by a third and slightly thickened. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Transfer to a jar or airtight container and cool completely. It will keep in the fridge for up to two weeks.
Citrus and Candy http://www.citrusandcandy.com/
 

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Sara March 20, 2012 at 23:13

I have been looking for a quick and easy recipe and landed on your blog! This looks delicious, love the pork and the apple combination. Can’t wait to try this!
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BassClef March 5, 2012 at 16:02

Made these on the weekend for an afternoon tea- everybody loved them! The apple mixture keeps them nice and moist too.

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Food Wine Sleep February 7, 2012 at 10:31

Wow these look fantastic, your photos are making me hungry they are so good. Nothing better than home made sausage rolls better than any shop bought stuff.

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Marquita09 February 7, 2012 at 05:49

Sausage rolls! Wow, this is great! I have never tasted this Pork Sausage Rolls with Caramelised Apple and Thyme.. I have to try and cook this. Looks so yummy!
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Heike February 6, 2012 at 22:36

These look amazing! and who doesn’t love pork and apple! very yummy! I hope that memories of this picnic have reminded you of sunshiny days :)
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catty February 6, 2012 at 21:05

So glad things are good… for now. Enjoy every moment you have. And eat more sausage rolls ;)
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emiglia February 5, 2012 at 22:25

Sorry to hear you’ve had a hard weekend. Hope things get better soon!
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Nic@diningwithastud February 2, 2012 at 13:27

These look so amazing!! Im such a sausage roll lover, def prefer them to meat pies. Yours look SO delicious!
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Christina @ The Hungry Australian February 2, 2012 at 08:15

Sorry you’re having such a rough time with Orfy – poor wee dog. Glad he’s home now. Your rolls look delicious – we make them for the kids parties but these are in another category altogether.

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Roxy February 1, 2012 at 14:38

Sausage rolls also brings back good memories!
Sorry to hear about your weekend but at least you have your man and your dog (I lost touch with my parents and my now ex-fiance all in the one week). So chin up eh?

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Radhika February 1, 2012 at 07:10

Hang in there…things will get better.
Mouth watering stuff…lovely combination!!
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Lisa January 30, 2012 at 15:19

*big hugs* so sad to hear what happened, but glad that Orfy is ok! Love the look of your sausage rolls and I’m sure they were amazing with the peach bbq sauce! Totally have to make it again soon :)
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Tina @ bitemeshowme January 30, 2012 at 14:13

Home made sausage rolls.. nothing beats them. The pork and apple sounds like marriage made in heaven.
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Christine January 30, 2012 at 13:08

These words seem inadequate! But I’m so sorry to hear that you were having a hard weekend, I hope that things look up for you soon..

ps this recipe looks amazing! you never cease to amaze me with your fantastic photography :)
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Peter G | Souvlaki For The Soul January 30, 2012 at 09:43

As a mad lover of sausage rolls I’m loving this recipe even more…you’ve done wonders here Karen (omg! that caramelised apple!)…and let’ s not forget that peachu bbq sauce. Brilliant!
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Rita (mademoiselle délicieuse) January 30, 2012 at 00:00

Haha, evil wench with peachy sauce!
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The Food Sage January 29, 2012 at 20:30

Thanks to you, for thinking of us and our eternal need for superb sausage rolls, when you are having a difficult time yourself.
A generous spirit and great recipe, indeed. Thanks for sharing.
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JasmyneTea January 29, 2012 at 12:08

Hope things start looking up for you soon! Love the sausage roll recipe, bookmarking it now!
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Food is our religion January 29, 2012 at 10:52

*Hugs* to hopefully make you feel better :) I love the idea of the caramalised apples being added to a sausage roll!
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baker in disguise January 27, 2012 at 21:18

These really look inviting and your photographs keep getting me back to your lovely blog!!! Wishing you happier times!!

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Simon @ the heart of food January 27, 2012 at 17:39

Peach! So that’s what was in that awesome sauce :)

Will have to file this one away to add to my to-make list.

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teawithhazel January 27, 2012 at 14:52

i love sausage rolls and yours look perfect for australia day..or any other day for that matter..and the peach bbq sauce looks the bomb..and very best wishes for happier times..

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leaf (the indolent cook) January 27, 2012 at 13:29

So sorry to hear things haven’t been good for you. The sausage rolls look sensational though. All the best to you. x
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Hotly Spiced January 27, 2012 at 09:19

Oh, sorry to hear you’re having a difficult time. I sure hope things improve. Your sausage rolls look delicious. I will have to bookmark this recipe. Who doesn’t love a sausage roll! And with the weather being so wet and grey, these are the perfect choice.
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Steph January 27, 2012 at 08:14

Hugs for you and Orfy, wish I could be there to cheer you up. These sausage rolls look so perfect for the sucky weather we’ve been having, and such a good idea to pair them with that sexy sauce. Miss you xx
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ileana January 27, 2012 at 05:44

Ah, hope you feel better soon! Thanks for this recipe. Looks good.
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