Lamb and Puff pastry: Picture Perfect!!!

Well it’s about a year since we moved into our first home and we are still getting done with our DIY projects and it has been a blast! We did take some rather long breaks along the way since we were experiencing DIY exhaustion :). But now most of the very big projects are done and only the smaller finishing touches and some painting is left (for now)… So I get some time to actually contribute to my blog once again. Well this doesn’t mean that I wasn’t cooking or baking at all the last one year. Just that the time to make something new and blog about it was greatly reduced thanks to all the DIY projects we had going around the house.

Syrian Sausage Rolls 1

I am sure I am just one of the millions who have complained about the rather cold winter we have had but I have to complain specially since I moved here from AZ… So anyways it’s March already and winter does not seem to want to let up. We had another winter storm (Titan) roll by this weekend and we were again cooped up at home. So I decided that I am going to go ahead and paint my kitchen door (more about how it turned out at the end of the post) which meant that I had hardly anytime to cook. But thankfully my pantry and fridge were completely stocked due to my grocery shopping trip earlier this week. I had some lamb, some puff pastry and an awesome cookbook “The food and cooking of the Middle East”. And these three lead to the Syrian Sausage Rolls. These are really easy to make and I was able to get done with prepping and painting my kitchen door and cooking this meal and blogging about it! Now that’s what I call a rather fulfilling weekend! Now if only winter gives way to spring and I can actually get out of the house as well…

I did make a couple of changes to the recipe (just to add some more spicy kick to the rolls). You get about 20 pieces of the sausage rolls once all is said and done and it is very filling because it’s a pound of lamb! From start to finish it took about 1 hr and 10 mins but only 10-15 mins of hand on time. The rest of the time either the puff pastry was thawing or the rolls were baking in the oven.

Ingredients:

  1. 1 lb (450 grams) lean ground lamb.
  2. 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  3. 2 tsp ground cumin
  4. 1 tsp ground coriander
  5. 1 tsp ground all spice
  6. 1 tsp ground turmeric
  7. 1 tsp ground fenugreek
  8. 1 tsp ground black pepper
  9. 1 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
  10. 1 tsp red chili powder
  11. 1 tsp olive oil
  12. salt to taste
  13. 500 grams puff pastry (2 sheets of puff pastry)
  14. egg white to brush the top of the rolls

Directions:

  • Thaw the puff pastry (it took about 40 mins to thaw the two sheets)
  • Pre-heat the oven to 400F.
  • Mix all the ingredients with the lamb and make sure that the lamb and spices a mixed together thoroughly.
  • On a lightly floured surface roll out the puff pastry to a long rectangle about 12 to 14 inches long and about 8 inches wide.
  • Take half the spiced lamb and form a sausage roll and place about 1/3 rd of the way from one of the long edges of the puff pastry.
  • Then fold the puff pastry over the lamb mixture and form a roll.
  • Repeat with the other puff pastry and other half of the lamb.
  • Lightly oil a baking sheet.
  • Cut the roll into about 2 inches pieces and place on the lightly greased baking sheet.
  • Place the rolls on the greased baking sheet about an inch apart.
  • Brush the top of the rolls with egg white (mix 1 tablespoon of egg white with 1 tablespoon of water) and place in the 400 F pre-heated oven.
  • The rolls should be ready in about 15 mins. I made sure that the top of the pastry was a golden brown before taking it out of the oven.

sausage rolls 2

We loved these rolls and I think these are going to be part of my must make party appetizer list. They are also very filling. And yes getting the picture right in front of my blue kitchen door was totally intentional!

Here are some pics of out kitchen before and after. We went from a beige and brown kitchen to a blue and sand colored kitchen with an awesome blue door (inside) and a dark gray (outside). Why the different colors you ask, well cos the garage is a gray and red color (yes it went from boring brown to red and gray (more on that some other time)!

kitchen door1kitchen door2

kitchen door blue

kitchen door gray

 

 

In fact we loved the blue so much that I am currently prepping my pantry door to convert it from boring brown to this very blue. Now if only I could get done with installing the back-splash as well then our kitchen transformation would be complete!

Thanks for reading my post and listening to my ramblings. I really do appreciate it :)… And do let me know if you make these rolls and whether you liked it as much as we did!

Shilpa

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