Saturday, December 15, 2012

Cranberry and turkey sausage rolls


It’s so rare for me to write with an absolute success story but I have one. Who would have thought, and even more surprisingly, it contains turkey (not that my girls know about that!). Being the festive season I wanted to find some appropriate finger food to share around when we had guests over. So I had a play around with the old sausage rolls. I promise that I don’t tell a lie when I say that my girls love these. Normally when it comes to sausage rolls they eat the pastry and nothing else. Well not with these puppies, they love the whole kit and caboodle. I served these up again last night just to see if it was a fluke but I was greeted with empty plates, empty plates I tell you. Enough of my excitement, go to the shops, buy some turkey mince and get cracking.


Preparation time
5-10 minutes

Cooking time
40-45 minutes

Ingredients
  • 3 slices wholemeal bread, crusts removed, roughly chopped
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1kg turkey mince
  • 1 onion, finely sliced
  • 1/2 cup cranberry sauce, whole berry
  • 75g tasty cheese, grated
  • salt & pepper, optional
  • 4 sheets frozen reduced-fat ready-rolled puff pastry, partially thawed
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
Method
  1. Preheat oven to 180°C. Line 2 baking trays with baking paper. Place bread into a large bowl, drizzle with water and allow to soak for 3 minutes. Drain and then squeeze water from bread.
  2. Combine bread, mince, onions cranberry sauce, cheese, and salt and pepper (optional) in a large bowl. Mix well to combine.
  3. Cut a sheet of pastry in half. Spoon 3/4 cup of turkey mixture along 1 long edge of pastry. Brush opposite edge with water. Roll up and firmly press to seal. Cut into 5 smaller rolls. Using a sharp knife, mark with lines in the top of each roll. Place onto prepared tray. Repeat with remaining turkey mixture and pastry.
  4. Brush rolls with egg and bake for 40 to 45 minutes, or until golden brown and cooked through. Makes 40 small rolls

Fresh fact: These rolls tastes just taste like chicken and the cranberry sauce adds an appealing sweetness

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Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Festive chocolate crackles


Are you as excited about Christmas time as I am? Hubbie thinks I get a little crazy come the end of November onwards. I start playing carols, the tree goes up, I watch the food channel searching for some new Christmas recipes and I lock us into any social event that comes our way. I have to admit that I wasn’t always like this but now that I have little ones, it’s made me feel like a kid all over again. I LOVE THIS TIME OF THE YEAR.

I had a group of both oldies and little ones over the other day and I wanted to handout a little something that had a festive feel to it. So I looked around for a healthier version of the old fave the chocolate crackle and came up with this following recipe. I don’t really need to tell you that they went down a treat!

Preparation time
10 minutes
 
Ingredients
  • 3 cups wholegrain puffed rice *
  • 1/2 cup slivered almonds
  • 1 cup desiccated coconut
  • 1/2 cup icing sugar
  • 5 tbs good-quality cocoa powder
  • 150g coconut oil * 
  • 150g white cooking chocolate
  • bag of Jaffas
Method
  1. In a large bowl, mix the dry ingredients together. Drizzle the melted coconut oil over the top and mix well. Spoon the mixture into paper liners or a muffin tray and refrigerate until set.

  2. Once set, melt the white chocolate in a microwave, stopping every 30 seconds to stir with a metal spoon. Once the chocolate is runny, spoon one tablespoon onto the top of each crackle and place your choice of lolly top. 

    Makes approx 20 crackles
*These ingredients are located in the Health Food aisle at your local supermarket.

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