January 27, 2023

Lamb, apricot & mint sausage rolls with harissa yoghurt sauce

Enjoy a new take on an old favourite to help fill lunchboxes as the kids prepare to get back to school.

Serves 16

375g pack Caréme spelt puff pastry
1 egg, beaten for glaze
1 tbsp seasame seeds 

1 small red onion, peeled & quartered
1 clove garlic, crushed
1 long red chilli, deseeded & chopped
1/4 cup fresh mint leaves
1tsp dried mint leaves
2 tsp ras el hanout
500g lamb mince
1 egg, lightly whisked
1/3 cup fresh breadcrumbs
1/3 cup dried apricots, chopped
salt flakes & freshly ground black pepper 

Yoghurt & harissa sauce
1/2 cup Greek-style yoghurt
1 tsp harissa
1 tsp mint leaves 

Preheat oven to 200°C (180°C fan-forced) and lightly grease baking trays and line with baking paper.
For the sausage filling, place onion, garlic, chilli, mint and Ras el Hanout into a food processor, pulsing until finely chopped. Add the lamb, egg, breadcrumbs, apricots, salt and pepper, pulsing until just combined. Place pastry sheet on a lightly floured work surface, cut in half lengthways, to create two equal sized rectangles.

Evenly divide the sausage filling in half, shape like a sausage, placing down the centre of each pastry rectangle; making sure pastry is able to encase the mixture. Firmly bring one long side of the pastry up against the sausage meat and lightly brush the pastry with egg. Repeat with other side by firmly bringing the remaining pastry up and over the glazed pastry, creating a seal. This will be tight and there should be a 1cm overlap.

Place sausage rolls on a prepared baking tray (seam side down) and brush outside with egg glaze and sprinkle with sesame seeds. Chill for at least 30 minutes. Meanwhile, place yoghurt and harissa in a small bowl, stirring until well combined. Sprinkle over mint and set aside for later.
Cut each large sausage into eight equal portions and snip each top three times, to create air holes. Evenly spread sausage rolls onto prepared baking trays. Place sausage rolls in preheated oven for 25 minutes, or until pastry is cooked through and golden. Allow sausage rolls to cool slightly before serving. Serve sausage rolls with yoghurt and harissa sauce. 

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