Secret-veg sausage rolls recipe

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A few clever tricks make these sausage rolls a great healthy snack idea for kids. Mixing sausagemeat with veg, lentils and herbs keeps them moist and full of flavour, then swapping filo pastry for the standard puff gives a super-crispy crust. See method

  • Makes 18
  • 15 mins to prepare and 35 mins to cook
  • 51 calories / serving
  • Freezable
  • Healthy

Ingredients

  • 1 tsp oil
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, finely chopped
  • 1 small carrot, grated
  • 1 small courgette, grated
  • 150g green lentils in water, drained and rinsed
  • 15g fresh cut thyme, leaves picked and chopped
  • 3 reduced fat pork sausages
  • 1 free-range egg, beaten
  • 3 sheets filo pastry
  • 15g butter, melted
  • tomato chutney, to serve (optional)

Each serving contains

  • Energy

    210kj
    51kcal
    3%
  • Fat

    2g 0%
  • Saturates

    1g 5%
  • Sugars

    1g 1%
  • Salt

    0.2g 3%

of the reference intake
Carbohydrate 4.7g Protein 2.7g Fibre 0.6g

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to gas 6, 200 ̊C, fan 180 ̊C. Heat the oil in a pan over a low heat. Add the onion, garlic, carrot and courgette; fry for 5 mins. Add the lentils and thyme, stir, then take off the heat.
  2. Squeeze the sausagemeat out of the skins and into a large bowl, then mix with the lentil and veg mix. Cool for 1-2 mins, then add the egg and mix until well combined.
  3. Lay a sheet of pastry on a worktop and brush with butter. Put another sheet on top, brush with more butter, then lay a third sheet on top. Cut in half lengthways into 2 long strips. Spoon half the meat mix along a long edge of 
1 strip and mould into a sausage shape. Brush the other edge of the pastry with butter, then wrap over the meat and seal so the join is underneath. Brush with butter. Repeat. Cut into 5cm rolls and transfer to a lined baking tray.
  4. Bake for 25-30 mins until the meat is cooked and the pastry is golden. Serve with tomato chutney, if you like.

Tip: These are also delicious served cold, try packing up for a picnic or lunch on the go.

Freezing and defrosting guidelines

In order to enjoy optimum flavour and quality, frozen items are best used within 3 months of their freezing date. For more tips on freezing and defrosting food, read our article Love Your Freezer.

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