Party food made easy – chicken and feta sausage rolls

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What’s a party without a sausage roll?
Boring.
I know it’s easy just to go and grab a box from the frozen section at the supermarket. But do you know what’s inside? Inferior meat encased in anaemic-looking puff pastry. At least that’s what they look like to me. I never had much luck making them look golden. It must be the years of deep-freezing. There’s no taste to them other than saltiness. So…..

Put that apron on and let’s get baking.

You maybe wouldn’t dream of putting feta in a sausage roll, but it makes these taste so mellow …and because chicken mince is pretty flavorless, this will give it a little zing.
By all means, leave it out if you don’t like cheese.

Makes up to 24 mini-rolls (depends what size you want them)

INGREDIENTS

500 g chicken mince
30 g feta, crumbled
1 medium carrot, coarsely grated
1 egg lightly whisked
1 small onion, diced finely
handful finely chopped parsley
1/2 cup breadcrumbs
1 Tbsp sweet chilli sauce (tomato or barbecue will also do)
1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
2-3 sheets of ready-made puff pastry
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp freshly ground pepper
Little milk for brushing rolls

Optional for decoration
1 Tbsp toasted sesame seeds
1 Tbsp black sesame seeds

METHOD

Preheat oven to 200°C
Place all ingredients in a large mixing bowl and combine.

Place a 2″ high roll of mixture along one edge of a pastry sheet, close to the edge. Roll tightly until edge of pastry is on the underside. If you wish to, you can brush the edge with a little milk to make it stick better.

Carefully cut your roll into mini-rolls – whatever size you like.
Repeat for each pastry sheet.

You can freeze the rolls at this stage.
Place rolls on a baking paper-covered plate and put in the freezer. Freeze for 2-3 hrs.
When they’re thoroughly frozen you can transfer them into a container or a zip-lock bag.

If you’re baking your rolls now, place them on a baking paper-covered baking sheet and space them evenly – without them touching each other.

Brush the tops lightly with some milk and sprinkle with the sesame seeds.

Bake for 35-40 minutes.

Serve hot with tomato sauce or sweet chilli sauce.

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