Friday, August 09, 2013

The return of the Lunchbox

Mr. Moustache's Lunchbox has been sadly empty over the last while. Each day he looks forlornly inside it and each day I point out where the cooker is.




As a result it's stayed empty. But today he's fist pumping. Oh yes. The Lunchbox Of The Week is back.


Now for this honourable occasion I have rustled up a splendid feast of...

Wait for it...

Sausages and chips. 

What can I say, he's a lucky man. 

I present to you - the Kidult Lunchbox packed with the childhood favourite of sausages and chips. Mr. Moustache assures me that he did in fact grow up on a diet of foie gras sandwiches, lobster burgers and frogs' legs nuggets.

Unfortunately for him I only had a few sausages in the fridge. Not to worry, there's always next week.


Sprial puff pastry sausage rolls with herb oven fries and tomato and apple chutney 


You can take a peek at our other lunchboxes here The spiral sausage rolls would work well for party food too - for adults or kids.

Preparation time 12 minutes. Cooking time 30 minutes. 

Sausage rolls (makes approximately 20 mini rolls) 
1 ready made puff pastry sheet
4 good quality butcher sausages (or 200g/7oz good quality pork mince) 
Wooden sticks (optional) available in craft shops or your friendly local cafe...
1 egg, beaten 
Poppy seeds, sesame seeds (optional)

Herb oven fries (serves 2) 
3 potatoes suitable for roasting (e.g. Maris Piper, Rooster)
Fresh basil, chopped
Sea salt, pepper to serve
Oil for baking

Tomato and apple chutney (makes approximately 2 jars)
190ml/1/3 pint malt vinegar
150g/5oz soft brown sugar
90g/3oz sultanas
2 x 390g tin chopped tomatoes 
200g/4oz red apples, roughly chopped
2 red onions, peeled and roughly chopped
Sea salt, pepper for seasoning


How to

Preheat oven to 200C/400F/Gas Mark 6.

Chutney

Place the vinegar and sugar in a saucepan and bring to the boil. Cook for approximately 3 minutes until the sugar has melted. Add all the other ingredients, bring to the boil and cook for approximately 20 - 30 minutes, while stirring frequently. I like to grate a little extra apple through before serving.

Fries

While the chutney is cooking slice the potatoes into chunky fries. Parboil in a saucepan of boiling water for approximately 5 minutes. Drain the fries and place on a baking sheet, drizzle generously with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Bake in the oven for 30 minutes or until crunchy. Sprinkle with the chopped basil just before serving. 

Sausage spiral rolls

Place the pork mince in a bowl, season with salt and pepper. You could add some nutmeg or sage also. If using sausages peel off the outer skin and add herbs if using. For the spiral sausage rolls cut thin strips from the puff pastry sheet. Pinch off bite size portions of the meat and shape into a sausage shape. Wrap the puff pastry around the meat starting at the top and ensure that both ends of the pastry strip are on the bottom of the meat (the side that will be touching the baking sheet). If using the wooden sticks cut them to the desired length and pop into each spiral roll. 

You could freeze them at this stage if you like. Brush the pastry with the beaten egg and sprinkle with poppy or sesame seeds if using. 

For the traditional sausage roll shape cut the pastry sheet into two. Divide the meat into two and spread along the length of each sheet leaving a 1cm edge. Roll the pastry tightly around the meat and brush the ends with the beaten egg to secure. Cut each piece into approximately 10 pieces. Brush with more beaten egg and sprinkle with poppy or sesame seeds if using. 

Bake the sausage rolls on a baking sheet for 25 minutes until the pastry is puffed up and golden and the meat has cooked through. 


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2 comments:

  1. Wow L, fab looking food and almost too good for a lunch box ;-)

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  2. Thanks M! Between you and me he normally gets a hang sandwich ;-)

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