Category Archives: Pork

Hidden Veg Sausage Rolls


Sausage rolls are sooooo handy on the evenings when we are all coming and going.

In the past I have been a big fan of cheese and bacon rolls but I am currently experimenting with hidden veggies with the aim of making these at the school I work in.

I do make a gluten free version for my youngest but he ate them too quickly for the photo! His sausage mix is made with gluten free fresh breadcrumbs and gluten free puff pastry.

Makes 20 large sausage rolls or 80 mini rolls for party food.

Ingredients

130g wholemeal bread blitzed to make breadcrumbs, crusts and the heel of the loaf are fine

100g onion, peeled and finely diced or blitzed

2 tablespoons fresh chopped parsley leaves

300g carrots, peeled and grated

350g zucchini/courgette grated and all liquid squeezed out by hand

500g minced pork

1-2 teaspoons dried sage

Salt and pepper

5 sheets pre rolled puff pastry

1 egg, beaten

1 tablespoon black sesame seeds

Method

Preheat the oven to 200 degrees centigrade and line two baking sheets with baking parchment.

In a bowl, combine the breadcrumbs, onion, parsley, carrots, zucchini, pork, sage and a good seasoning of salt and pepper.

Seperate the pastry sheets, divide the sausage mix into 10 balls. Roll each ball into a sausage shape and lay one on the top half and one on the bottom half of each pastry sheet. Repeat with the remaining sausage mix.

Use a sharp knife to cut each sheet in half. Brush the cut with the beaten egg and then roll the pastry towards the egg wash to allow it to stick.

Cut the roll into your desired size, brush with egg and sprinkle with a little black sesame seeds if using. Repeat with the remaining rolls.

Bake for 25-30 minutes until golden.

Garlic And Fennel Meatballs With Onion And Balsamic Sauce

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As a family we love meatballs in sauce but sometimes I want to get away from the rich tomato sauces that the boys favour and this is when I reach for my Balsamic vinegar. By the end of cooking you have a mild vinegar flavour with a lovely sweetness from the onions and Balsamic.

You can make this ahead of time and just do the final simmer or bake before serving.

To make this gluten free I simply use gluten free penne.

Serves 6.

Ingredients

1kg minced pork

6 garlic cloves

2 teaspoons fennel seeds

salt and pepper

30mls olive oil

4 onions, thinly sliced

1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves plus three sprigs

100mls balsamic vinegar

350mls water

a small handful freshly chopped parsley

Method

Using a mortar and pestle, crush the garlic, fennel, salt and pepper until you have a paste.

In a large bowl, combine the pork, thyme leaves and garlic paste. Use your hands to combine the meat, thyme and paste very well.

Form into small, walnut sized balls, I get around 32 meatballs. Set aside.

In a large oven proof frying pan, heat the oil and add the onions, cook until they are soft.

Tip the onions into a bowl and set aside.

Add a little more oil to the pan if you need it and then add the meatballs, cook over a medium to high heat until they are sealed on all sides.

Return the onions to the pan, add the balsamic vinegar and water and bring up to a simmer, now, you can either cook this on the stove top, around 30 minutes gently bubbling away to reduce the sauce or pop the pan into a preheated, 200 degrees Centigrade, oven and bake for 30 minutes.

Sprinkle with parsley and serve with pasta.

 

 

Baked Sausages With Veggies

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Some nights, time or ingredients are limited and in order to get meat and three veg on the table I need to take some shortcuts! Tonight was one of those nights.

What was supposed to be gluten free toad in the hole, quickly morphed into sausages and veggies to save on dishes and make sure the boys did eat some vegetables on a busy night.

The better your sausages the less likely you are to need any gravy, I serve this with some hot English mustard.

Serves 6.

Ingredients

12 large fat, gluten free, pork sausages, around 1kg

12 rashers of streaky bacon

a little olive oil

2 red onions sliced

4-6 large carrots, peeled and roughly chopped into large chunks

750-1000g tiny baby potatoes

1-2 large heads of broccoli, florets and a little stalk

pepper

Method

Preheat the oven to 200 degrees Centigrade.

In a large roasting tin, lay out the onion slices, carrot chunks and potatoes.

Wrap each sausage with a bacon rasher and place on top of the vegetables.

Drizzle with a little olive oil. Season with pepper.

Pop the roasting tin into the oven and bake for 45 minutes.

Turn the sausages and return to the oven for 15 minutes.

Now, place the broccoli on top, tucking it into the other ingredients a little and bake for 15 minutes.

Molasses Glazed Bacon and Cheese Meatloaf

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Meatloaf is very popular in our house and to make it gluten free I cheat and use crushed gluten free corn chips instead of hunting around looking for gluten free breadcrumbs in the freezer!

As the chipotle chilli goes in the food processor to be chopped I do try to remove most of the seeds so that it isn’t too spicy for the younger taste buds around our table but feel free to keep the seeds in if you like a little extra heat.

Makes 1 large meatloaf which feeds 6. I normally double the recipe and bake two at a time on seperate baking sheets and freeze one for a later date, this meatloaf freezes brilliantly. If you do have any leftovers they are lovely in a sandwich the next day.

Ingredients

150g full flavoured Cheddar cheese

100g corn chips, gluten free

200g bacon, smoked if possible, rind removed

2 eggs

175g brown onions, peeled and quartered

1 chipotle chilli in Adobe sauce, seeds removed

500g minced pork

1 tablespoon molasses

2 teaspoons dried oregano

freshly ground pepper

GLAZE

50mls gluten free Worcestershire sauce

100mls tomato ketchup

1 tablespoon molasses

Method

In a food processor, grate the cheese, pour into a large bowl and change the grater blade to the regular blade.

Now whizz the bacon and egg until finely chopped, tip onto the cheese.

Finally whizz the onion and chipotle chilli until roughly chopped. Tip this onto the cheese mix. Add some pepper.

Add the minced pork to the bowl along with the molasses and oregano, use your hands to combine the meat very well.

Preheat the oven to 200 degrees Centigrade, line a baking sheet with baking parchment.

Form the meat into a long fat sausage, around 30cm long and 5-6cm diameter.

Combine the glaze ingredients and brush over the meatloaf. Keep the leftover glaze.

Bake the meatloaf for 60 minutes, regularly brush the glaze over every 15 minutes. Glaze more frequently towards the end of cooking but keep an eye on it so it doesn’t burn!

 

 

Bacon And Egg Cups With Capsicum

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We have been playing around with different lunch box options for the boys this weekend and these came back as a winner. Great in the school lunch boxes or as a breakfast option.

Makes 4 egg cups.

Ingredients

4 rashers streaky bacon, rind removed

4 eggs

30mls cream

40g cheese, grated

1/2 small red capsicum, finely diced

salt and pepper

Method

Line a six hole muffin tray with four paper cases.

Preheat the oven to 190 degrees Centigrade.

Take a piece of bacon and line the sides of the paper case with it.

Beat the eggs and cream in a jug. Season well.

Sprinkle a little cheese onto the base of each prepared case, now sprinkle in one eighth of the capsicum on top.

Prepare all of the muffin cases as above.

Now, gently pour in the egg. Top with the capsicum and then cheese.

Slide the tray into the oven and bake for 15-20 minutes until golden.

 

Easy Toad In The Hole

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This is one of the most popular dinner dishes in our house, sausages, bacon and Yorkshire pudding batter, it all screams comfort food!

Gluten free too!

Serves 6.

Ingredients

12 thick gluten free pork sausages, around 1 kg

12 slices streaky bacon

2 red onions, halved and sliced

Olive oil to drizzle

150g gluten free plain flour

2 eggs

250mls milk

100mls water

salt

Method

Preheat the oven to 210 degrees centigrade.

Line a heavy based roasting tin with baking parchment.

Wrap each sausage with a slice of bacon and lay in the roasting tin.

Once all of the sausages have been wrapped, sprinkle over the onions and a little drizzle of oil.

Slide the roasting tin into the oven and bake for 15 minutes.

While the sausages cook, make the batter.

In a large bowl, weigh out the flour, make a well in the centre and then crack the eggs in.

Slowly whisk the eggs allowing them to gently draw in the flour, as they thicken, whisk in the milk and water until all of the flour is incorporated and you have a smooth batter. Season well.

Remove the sausages from the oven and pour the batter around each sausage until it is all used up.

Return the pan to the oven and bake for 40-50 minutes until the batter has risen and is golden.

Brussel Sprouts With Chorizo And Red Onion

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Brussel sprouts can be a bit of a challenge for some people, memories of squishy sprouts boiled for hours is a very common one, especially around Christmas time in the UK!

These sprouts have nothing in common with those bad memories and if you are trying to persuade kids to eat sprouts this is the recipe to start them on!

These sprouts are still on the crispy side, if you want them on the softer side just cook them a little longer.

We sometimes have these sprouts with a runny egg on top, absolutely delicious or as a warm salad!

Serves 6.

Ingredients

170g chorizo

600g Brussel sprouts, trimmed, outer leaves removed and halved

1 large red onion, peeled and cut into 1cm wedges

Method

Take the chorizo and remove the skin, then cut into quarters lengthwise. Next, slice each long quarter thinly at an angle to give you larger very thin slices.

Heat a large non stick pan over high heat, once hot add the chorizo and cook until crispy and the fat has rendered out of it.

Remove the chorizo with a slotted spoon, try to keep as much of the chorizo fat in the pan. set the chorizo aside.

Add the sprouts and onion and cook for 5 minutes, stirring regularly.

Now turn the heat down to medium to stop the onions burning. Continue cooking the sprouts and onions for a further 5 minutes, stirring frequently again.

Add the chorizo to the pan and cook for 2 minutes, serve immediately.