Colin McGurran's sausage and marmalade vol-au-vents recipe
These sausage vol-au-vents with onion and marmalade chutney make a perfect party snack. Kids can get help out in many stages of cooking, so get them involved for a unique, homemade version of this classic canapé. See method
For the onion and marmalade chutney
- 3 onions, roughly chopped
- 1 apple, roughly chopped
- 100ml (3 1/2fl oz) white wine vinegar
- 1 tsp fennel seeds
- 275g (9oz) caster sugar
- 2 tbsp marmalade
- 15ml (1 tbsp) olive oil
- 1 pinch salt
- 1 pinch black pepper
For the vol-au-vents
- 375g (13oz) sheet puff pastry
- 375g (13oz) sausage meat
- 1 large egg, lightly whisked
- 1 tsp fennel seeds
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- To make the marmalade and onion chutney, add the olive oil to a heavy-based pan and set over a medium heat. When the oil is hot, add the chopped onions and cook until soft for 5-7 minutes.
- Add the chopped apple to the pan and cook for 2 minutes more. Pour in the white wine vinegar, fennel seeds and caster sugar and allow to simmer on a gentle heat for 40 minutes.
- Take off the heat before stirring in the marmalade. Add a pinch of salt and pepper and allow to cool.
- Preheat the oven to gas 3, 175°C, fan 155°C.
- Lay out the sheet of pre-rolled puff pastry on a clean, lightly floured work surface. Use a 6cm round cutter to cut out 24 circles – kids can easily take over this step if they fancy. Place the circles on a baking tray and bake in the oven for 12-13 minutes until nicely puffed up and golden. Remove the pastry rounds from the oven and set aside in a dry, warm place.
- Preheat the oven to gas 4, 180˚C, fan 160˚C.
- Add the sausage meat, egg and fennel seeds to a mixing bowl and get the kids involved in getting all of the ingredients incorporated using their hands. Weigh out a round ball of the mix to 15g and get the kids busy shaping the rest of the meatballs to the same size and shape.
- Line a baking tray with nonstick baking paper and lay the meatballs on top. Bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes until the meatballs have browned nicely and are cooked through.
- To assemble the vol-au-vents, use a teaspoon to hollow out the middle of the pastry circles, leaving a good-sized border around the edge to make sure the meatballs will sit securely inside the pastry.
- Remove the meatballs from the oven and pop one into each vol-au-vent. Return to the oven for 10 minutes or so to warm through, then serve with the onion and marmalade chutney.
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