Tuesday, 4 December 2012

black pudding and stuffing sausage roll spirals



...I could do with about 48 hours of sleep, it's been a completely bonkers but fabulous week and weekend of work in London but i'm now settled back in-front of a warm fire at the cottage... even though we were busy I still managed to make sure we found enough time to walk through London at night so we could see the wonderful christmas lights and all the gorgeous shop windows, so beautifully decorated... if ever i'm feeling down or blue or if the christmas spirit hasn't quite reached me yet, a quick trip through the doors of Fortnum and Mason, or a walk down Regent's Street is bound to get me tingling all over with that special christmas feeling...

... and talking of christmas spirit...


black pudding and stuffing sausage roll spirals
the humble sausage roll... unfashionably stodgy... too large to play with the trendy new canapes, yet still secretly popular in an old-school kind of way... well we love them here at Christmas in Belleau Cottage and I've tried to jazz them up a touch to make them a little more party-friendly... the addition of black pudding is just because I'm a little obsessed with the stuff at the moment and I think it adds an air of sophistication to the mix... this time of year I also add some stuffing as it brings a little extra Christmas something... for a veggie version you could use a meat-free sausage or simply leave out the black pudding.  I usually use the basic paxo stuffing mix but I found some rather swanky looking Jamie Oliver Wild Sage, Red Onion and Chestnut stuffing mix in Sainsbury's today, which sounds suitably Christmassy, so i'm going to use that... These sausage rolls are perfect for freezing, either prior to baking or once baked, so when you get a spare moment you can whip these up in seconds, ready for when the party people drop by...

1 roll of ready-rolled puff pastry
200g of black pudding
1 200g packet of stuffing mix - rehydrated
the grated zest of one lemon

these are painfully easy to make but i'm going to tell you how to do it anyway... so pre-heat the oven to 170C and prepare a baking tray with baking parchment

- in a large bowl re-hydrate the stuffing mix according to the packet instructions then set-aside to cool

- once cool, crumble in the black pudding, grate in the lemon zest and bring together with your fingers

- un-roll the ready rolled pastry roll (try saying that when you're drunk) and smooth out the mixture onto the pastry

- starting from the short edge, roll the pastry up tightly... I use the wax paper the pastry come in to help me roll and leave it in this whilst it chills in the fridge for at least half-an-hour. The chilling is essential, you won't be able to cut the roll without a good chilling.

- once completely chilled, cut into disks using a bread knife and lay onto a baking sheet and bake for 20 mins or until the pastry is beginning t turn golden

eat and of course, enjoy!

23 comments:

  1. Oh my goodness - what a FANTASTIC idea - I am defintiely going to add these to me to make list.

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  2. These look perfect to have with a little drink at christmas time. Not entirely sure about the black pudding but the stuffing mix and the lemon zest sounds perfect and love the way they are not a huge sausage roll which is always too big to eat. Great idea.

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  3. Lovely lovely. I love black pudding. And pastry!

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  4. Lovely Dom - I have a chunk of black pudding in the freezer and have been trying to think what to do with it. Brilliant idea, love it! Hope you catch up on your sleep soon xx

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  5. wish I could spend my Christmas in the UK. Black pudding looks good.

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  6. I would love to see London this time of year... Ok, I would just love to go to London any time, but this time of year especially!
    I also love that you made spirals... I love them and am not ashamed to admit it! :)

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  7. These sounds absolutely gorgeous - now why aren't you a recipe developer for a posh supermarket . . .

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  8. Oh! These are brilliant! Easy canapes are a crucial part of the holiday cocktail scene ... they remind me of those sweet little palmiers I made a while back, but even better! Huzzah, Dom!

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  9. Brilliant idea!
    Will definitely be making these for our Christmas do!

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  10. Love those black pudding pin wheels, they look so classy, a good alternative to the traditional party sausage roll.

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  11. They are certainly striking in colour. Black pudding isn't my fave though so I would have to swap this out. Great idea though ;0)

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  12. I tend to take avoiding action when I see sausage rolls because I've had so many horrible ones over the years. This is clearly not one to be avoided - it sounds lovely. I'm a big fan of black pudding.

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  13. I'm off to google black pudding. I'm assuming it is something like blood sausage. The pinwheels look delicious and very festive.

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    1. yes, bloody sausage... doesn't sound quite so nice does it!... although black pudding sounds a bit like something you'd pick in plague-ridden London!

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  14. I love sausage rolls but, I love your black pudding spirals more! Fab idea! Karen

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  15. I really have no idea what black pudding is, but the rolls look fabulous, I'm going to try and think of something else to use instead...

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    1. Hey Sue, thanks for the comment... I think Black Pudding may be known as Blood Pudding in the States... it's an acquired taste but nice and rich... x

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  16. Genius idea Dom - you can always be trusted!

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  17. Love that idea! Love black pudding. Love Belleau Kitchen. :-)

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  18. Lovely! I too am a little obsessed with black pudding so these little rolls appeal to me a lot! Definitely one for the party season. Thanks :)

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  19. If only I could get black pudding here in the States :( I LOVE it..especially on a roll with a fried egg and a dollop of HP (drooling)

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  20. My boyfriend would absolutely LOVE these - such a good idea!

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