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.
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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