Pork and Fennel Sausage Rolls
In this Australian lunchtime staple, fennel- and herb-spiked ground meat makes a heady filling for crisp and buttery puff pastry. The original recipe, created by Paul Allam from Bourke Street Bakery, calls for ground pork. But ground chicken, turkey or plant-based meat will also work. These are best served while still warm from the oven, but they’re nearly as delicious at room temperature. Store any leftovers in the refrigerator and reheat before serving.
- Serves: 4 persons
- 2tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 2fat garlic cloves, finely grated or minced
- 1tablespoon fennel seeds, plus more for finishing
- 3thyme sprigs, leaves separated chopped
- 1small red, yellow or white onion, diced
- ½cup diced celery
- ½cup diced carrots
- 1 ¼teaspoons kosher salt, plus more as needed
- 1pound lean ground pork (or chicken, turkey, or plant-based meat)
- ¼cup bread crumbs
- ½teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 1(14- to 16-ounce) package frozen puff pastry, thawed but still cold
- 1egg, beaten, for egg wash
Step 1Heat oven to 375 degrees and line rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
Step 2In a large skillet, heat olive oil over medium. Add garlic and cook for 30 seconds. Stir in 1 teaspoon fennel seeds and chopped thyme, and cook for another minute or until fragrant.
Step 3Add onion and celery and cook until onions soften, about 5 minutes. Add carrots and a large pinch of salt and cook until vegetables are tender, about 20 minutes. Transfer to a large mixing bowl and set aside to cool.
Step 4Once vegetables have cooled, add ground pork, bread crumbs, 1 1/4 teaspoons salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Using your hands, mix thoroughly until well combined.
Step 5Roll the chilled puff pastry dough to about 1/8-inch thick. Cut pastry into four equal rectangles. In the center of each pastry, dollop a quarter of the pork mixture, then form it into a long sausage running lengthwise on the pastry strip. Lightly brush one long edge of the pastry with egg wash. Starting with the side without the egg wash, firmly fold the pastry over the meat filling to form long rolls, pinching to seal. Place on prepared baking sheet, seam-sides down.
Step 6Lightly brush the top of each roll with egg wash and sprinkle with fennel seeds. Bake until sausage rolls are golden brown, about 35 to 40 minutes. Serve warm or at room temperature.