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GIANT SAUSAGE ROLL

This is the ultimate sausage roll! It's no longer party or picnic food though, ours is big enough to make the perfect centrepiece for a gathering with family or friends. Give it a go!

INGREDIENTS

STEP-BY-STEP-GUIDE

MAKE THE DOUGH

Put the flour and salt into a food processing bowl. Add the butter to the flour and blitz in a food processor until it resembles breadcrumbs. Pour the water slowly to the mix as it spins until it just forms a dough. Do not overwork it.

REST THE DOUGH

Bring the dough together into one lump and wrap in cling film, leaving in the fridge for at least an hour.

PREHEAT THE OVEN

Preheat the oven to 180°C and place a tray in to warm up.

FRY SHALLOTS & CUT CABBAGE

Peel and finely dice the shallots and garlic and fry in a shot of oil for 5 minutes until soft and sweet. Put the cabbage into the food processor with the grating attachment and shred finely. You can do this by hand if it’s easier.

MAKE THE FILLING

Mix the shallots, garlic, shredded cabbage and thyme in a bowl with salt and pepper until all the ingredients are combined.

ROLL OUT THE PASTRY

Divide the pastry into 2 pieces one slightly large than the other. Roll out each piece of the pastry into a long rectangle on a floured surface so they are the same length, but one is a little wider than the other.

ADD THE FILLING

Place the sausage mix down the centre of the smaller sheet. Spread a layer of apple sauce across the sausage meat then top with the cabbage mix.

SEAL THE PASTRY

Brush the beaten egg around the outside of the sausage meat mound and lay the second, larger, sheet of rolled pastry over the top. Press down around the edges to seal it in, then slice slits into the pastry, 1 cm apart along the length.

BAKE UNTIL GOLDEN

Brush over the entire sausage roll with more egg before transferring it to the pre-heated baking tray. Bake in the oven for 40 minutes until the pastry is golden and the sausage meat is cooked through.

EAT IT!

Leave to cool a little and slice into portions. It’s great served with mashed potato and gravy. Serves 6