Sausage and egg picnic pie recipe

  • Serves 10
  • 45 mins to prepare and 1 hr 5 mins to cook, plus chilling
  • 590 calories / serving
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Hidden inside a flaky pastry crust, this hearty pie combines two favourites rolled into one, sausage rolls and Scotch eggs. It’s the perfect choice for summer picnics –­ just don’t forget to pop a bottle of Zinfandel Rosé, with its creamy, strawberry undertones, into your hamper to serve alongside. 

  1. Preheat the oven to gas 6, 200°C, fan 180°C. Simmer 4 eggs in a pan of boiling water for 3 minutes. Drain, then run under cold water for 1 minute. Cool, then peel and set aside.
  2. Heat the oil in a large frying pan. Add the onion and leeks with some seasoning; fry over a low heat for 5 minutes, until softened. Transfer to a large bowl and leave to cool. Add the sausagemeat, herbs, bacon, crème fraîche, mustard, breadcrumbs and cheese to the leek mixture. Mix and season well.
  3. Unroll 1 pastry sheet onto a greased baking tray. Arrange half of the sausage filling down the middle, leaving a 5cm (2in) border, then top with a row of whole eggs. Top with the remaining sausage mixture, packing it firmly around the eggs. Brush the pastry edges with beaten egg.
  4. Roll out the second pastry sheet, then drape over the filling; pressing down to seal. Trim the excess pastry, then crimp the edges. Use the trimmings to decorate the pie, if you like.
  5. Brush with the remaining beaten egg. Slash the top of the pie to allow the steam to escape. Chill for at least 10 minutes or for up to 2 days (if making ahead, brush with egg just before baking). Bake on the middle shelf for 55 minutes, until golden. If the pie is browning too quickly, transfer to the bottom shelf and reduce the temperature to gas 4, 180°C, fan 160°C. Leave to rest for 10 minutes. Serve warm or at room temperature.

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As part of a healthy balanced diet, we recommend this recipe for a special occasion or treat.

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  • Ingredients

  • 5 eggs, 1 beaten
  • 1 tbsp olive oil, plus extra for greasing
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 x 110g packs baby leeks, chopped
  • 800g (1lb 10oz) pork sausages, skinned
  • 2 tbsp chopped sage leaves
  • small bunch flat-leaf parsley, chopped
  • 4 rashers smoked streaky bacon, chopped
  • 3 tbsp crème fraîche
  • 1 tbsp wholegrain mustard
  • 60g (2 1/2oz) breadcrumbs
  • 40g (1 1/2oz) mature Cheddar, grated
  • 2 x 375g packs ready-rolled puff pastry
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  • Energy 2455kj 590kcal 30%
  • Fat 42.2g 60%
  • Saturates 17.5g 88%
  • Sugars 4.6g 5%
  • Salt 2.8g 46%

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Carbohydrate 35.5g Protein 19.5g Fibre 2.3g

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