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Toffee Apple Pig In Blanket Balls
Toffee Apple Pig In Blanket Balls
Toffee Apple Pig In Blanket Balls
The very best bits of Christmas Day and the funfair collide in a nostalgia-heavy dish that makes the most of the humble onion. Herby sausage balls wrapped in smoked bacon are served alongside sticky caramelised onions and a zingy pickled carrot slaw for an unforgettable flavour experience. It’s all brought to life with a warming Toffee Apple Moonshine BBQ sauce.
Ingredients
½ huge onion cut into 8 wedges through the root
1 tbsp butter , unsalted
1 tbsp dark brown sugar
2 tbsp cider vinegar
2 sprigs thyme
2 Cox apples , peeled and chopped
¼ onion , chopped
2 garlic cloves , chopped
200 ml apple cider
75 ml cider vinegar
1 red chilli , quartered
25 g tomato paste
25 g English mustard
25 g golden syrup
1 tbsp dark brown sugar
2 tbsp Toffee Apple Moonshine
2 pinch salt
6 pork sausage , skinned
1 Cox apple , peeled, finely diced
1/4 onion , peeled and finely diced
1 clove garlic , grated
1 lemon , zest only
1 sprig thyme , chopped
4 leaves sage , finely chopped
½ bunch parsley
½ tsp black pepper , crushed
12 rashers smoked streaky bacon
6 tbsp water
4 tbsp cider vinegar
1 tbsp brown sugar
1 tsp salt
2 tbsp onion seeds
1 tbsp mustard seeds
2 carrots
100 ml water
100 ml rapeseed oil
25 g English mustard
2 pickled gherkins
2 tbsp capers
20 g golden syrup
1 tsp salt
8 carrot tops
1 bunch radish tops
Method
    For the onion wedges
    1. Preheat the oven to 150℃. Heat the rapeseed oil in a large frying pan over a medium heat. Once hot and shimmering, add the onion wedges and lightly season with salt. Fry, undisturbed, for 5-8 minutes until a deep golden brown. Add in the butter and continue to fry for 1 minute until foaming. Add in the sugar, vinegar and thyme and bring to a simmer. Flip the onion wedges over and transfer to the oven for 10-15 minutes until tender all the way through.
    For the apple BBQ toffee sauce
    1. Put all the ingredients into a large saucepan over a high heat and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook for 20 minutes. Top up with a little water if it starts to boil dry After 20 minutes, blend until smooth. Taste and adjust the seasoning.
    For the sausage balls
    1. Preheat the deep fryer to 160℃. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and mix thoroughly. Form the mixture into 4 even apple sized balls around individual lollipop sticks. Wrap each ball in 3 rashers of bacon and secure the bacon with toothpicks. Gently lower each ball into the fryer and cook for 6 minutes. After 6 minutes, drain on kitchen paper and transfer to an oven tray to roast for 10 minutes. Make the slaw and sauce while you wait
    For the carrot slaw
    1. In a medium saucepan, heat the water, vinegar, sugar, salt and spices. Peel and ribbon the carrots. Once the liquid is boiling, add the carrots and remove from the heat. Allow to cool naturally.
    For the carrot top and herb sauce
    1. Bring the water, oil, gherkins, capers, sugar and salt to a boil in a small saucepan. Add the carrot tops and parsley and boil for 3 minutes. Transfer everything to a blender and purée until smooth. Allow to cool then taste and adjust the seasoning.
    To serve
    1. Glaze the cooked sausage balls in the BBQ sauce. Make a nest of the carrot slaw in the centre of a plate. Arrange 2 onion wedges around the slaw. Top the slaw with radish slices, a glazed pork ball, a drizzle of carrot top sauce and a carrot top. To serve Glaze the cooked sausage balls in the BBQ sauce. Make a nest of the carrot slaw in the centre of a plate. Arrange 2 onion wedges around the slaw. Top the slaw with radish slices, a glazed pork ball, a drizzle of carrot top sauce and a carrot top.
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