So today I have another super easy, recipe for you, my Sausage Plait With A Twist. What’s the twist? Sun-dried tomatoes and fresh thyme that lift the flavours of this savoury pastry to the next level.
The addition of sundried tomatoes and thyme to pork sausage meat gives this sausage plait a deep savoury flavour. Ideal for a mid week meal, perfect for a buffet and portable for picnics!!
I have used a special roller to create the lattice pattern on the top of the Sausage Plait. I bought it 20+ years ago. I’ve just had a quick peek on Amazon and they sell them for about £5. Which is probably about what I paid all those years ago!
So, if you bake a lot of pies and tarts then I would say this is a good buy. Likewise, the diamond effect on the pastry below was achieved by lightly scoring the uncooked pastry, on a slant, one way and then the other. When baked it produced a pretty, diamond effect pattern and I didn’t need a Lattice Roller. And this technique also works for any Sausage Plait.
So, whichever method you use, your Sausage Plait With A Twist is sure to go down well with everyone who tries it. Served hot or cold, it is completely delicious. Why not bake my Tomato Thyme Garlic Focaccia Bread? It is the perfect, picnic accompaniment. As is my Tangy Lemon Potato Salad. While these Blueberry Lemon Shortbread Cake Bars are a delicious sweet treat that won’t attract every bug in a 10 mile radius.
Recipe: Sausage Plait With A Twist serves 6
500g/1lb Block Puff Pastry – defrosted if frozen – I use Just Rol not the all butter version.
500g/1lb Pork Sausage meat – use the best quality sausage meat
15 Sundried Tomatoes (drained if in oil)
1 tbsp Fresh Thyme Leaves – simply strip from the stems, or chop if very new green growth
1/2 tsp Black Pepper – freshly ground
1 Egg – for egg wash
Method : Preheat the oven to 190C/170C fan, gas mark 5, 375F
Making The Filling
- First of all, chop the sun-dried tomatoes roughly, so there are no big pieces.
- Place the chopped tomatoes into a bowl and add the thyme, sausage meat and black pepper.
- Using your hand, squish (technical term) all the ingredients together until well combined.
Assembling And Baking The Sausage Plait
- On a floured worktop roll out the puff pastry so that it measures 30cm x 35cm (10″x12″). Trim to neaten the edges.
- Now place the pastry onto a piece of parchment paper that is the same size as your baking sheet. Since this will make transferring the sausage plait MUCH easier. MUCH! I speak from experience!!
- Place the sausage meat mixture evenly down one side of the pastry, leaving a 1 inch (2.5cm) border.
Finally you can see how much easier it is to assemble the sausage plait on the baking parchment.
- Place the sausage plait into the centre of a preheated oven and bake for 40 – 50 minutes, until golden brown.
- The sausage plait is baked when golden in colour and any juices run clear.
- As soon as it is baked remove from the oven and leave to cool on the baking tray.
Such an easy dish to make, yet super impressive to look at and eat! It can be served hot or cold and is ideal for picnics and buffets as well as dinner time.
Cool completely and refrigerate for up to 3 days.
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I really enjoy creating recipes for my family and for you to try on this blog. Especially recipes that are diverse. While this sausage plait is tasty served with salad and new potatoes for dinner, it also is great to slice and pack up for a picnic too. Because, in my opinion, diversity in recipes allows me to have more options for both mealtimes and buffets, when entertaining a crowd of people. Most importantly it’s easy. And we all love an easy recipe, right?
Whatever you are making, baking and creating in your kitchens, have fun preparing and sharing your feast.
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