Friday, 10 September 2010

Spicy Sujuk..... Mood = Puff pastry heaven

I am not sure why, but I am feeling in a bit of a middle eastern mood these days. I think this whole Greek Take over from my husband has made me miss my food so much. One of my favourite things in Life is PUFF PASTRY. It is the thing that makes me swoon. I can eat it with anything and all the time. Savoury, Sweet, Anything.

I had my mother in law and father in law over the other day and i decided to make them something that was quick and easy and soo soo delicious.

They are both very good cooks and i know they appreciate good food and also food that is quick to make. I had bought some all butter puff pastry ( please do not ever ever buy the puff pastry that has vegetable oil in it, it is NOT puff pastry!!!!) and i had some lamb mince. Now DO NOT be scared of all the ingredients in this as you will always use them. This recipe is from Silvena Rowe. She is very knowledgeable of middle eastern food and also very true to our food style and taste.

These little beauties are called Sujuk. They are a spicy sausage, but here it is going to be a mince that is flavoured in the same way as the sausage and place into a roll of puff pastry, covered with sesame and eaten straight form the baking sheet.

I promise you you will make these over and over again. From this recipe, you can get about 3 sausage shapes and about 18 small pieces when it is cut. I have made this now 4 times in the last 3 weeks.


500g minced lamb
2 garlic cloves (grated)
2 t ground cumin
2 t salt
1 t ground nutmeg
1 t ground cinnamon
1.5 t ground coriander
2 t oregano
1 t chilli flakes
2 t smoked paprika
500 grams puff pastry
1 egg yolk
Bag of sesame seeds
Pastry brush


  • Get a bowl and place the mince in. Add the grated garlic and all the spices. Also season with salt. Make sure there is enough otherwise this will just taste of spices and the salt will help bring the flavours out.
  • Roll out your puff pastry and make sure you have 3 rectangles.
  • Place the filling length ways into the 3 rectangles and use the egg yolk to seal the edges. The fold and place the fold at the bottom. Squeeze the ends shut and glaze with the remaining egg yolk.
  • Sprinkle with sesame seeds and make 3 small slits across the top of the pastry for effect.
  • Place in a hot oven at 200 degrees and bake for 15 minutes until it is golden brown on the top and serve.

These spicy sujuk are just DIVINE! My in laws just thought they were AMAZING and could not get enough of them, and i trust them as they are such foodies. This is one of my top ten favourite things to eat. YUMMY YUM YUM!


Maria said...

I am mesmerized by your site and your beautiful food! Everything you put together looks divine ... your pictures are gorgeous and your blog just exudes a bright and happy feeling. Not to mention that reading your bio and press coverage is inspiring -- my goal is to begin a catering company but I have no formal cooking training and I've no idea how to even start such a business! But now that my children are both in school I will begin looking into this endeavor much more seriously. Thank you for the inspiration!

Joudie's Mood Food said...

Hey there Maria,

How lovely to hear from you. I am touched by what you said on my blog. I love your blog. I think what you are doing is amazing. My husband and i were literally crawling through all your posts. I have been working as a chef for the last 10 years now and have gone through many hardships to get where i am but it is worth it if you love cooking I am just about to open my own place in london in the next 6 weeks so am super excited. I am so happy that you like my blog and enjoy having you here. If you need any tips on starting your own business just let me know and i hope i can help you.

Radhika said...

Oops, I am not sure why I got 503 error when I posted my comment.

" I am kind of inclined to Greek/Mediterranean food since I have visited your blog. Love this sujuk, I have to make this. It just got me by name.

Anna said...

I absolutely love this kind of pastry. With minced meat and all those spices. It looks delicious. said...

I'm personally not a big fan of lamb but would love to replace this with beef. Coming from Egypt, this kind of stuff has got me going since I was a kid. I've found ways to make this kind of stuff in my own kitchen now that I'm away from my homeland. Nice going!

Anonymous said...

Oh wow. I didnt realise how easy this was to make. I cant wait to try it. I love puff pastry too. Its one of my weaknesses!

Jess @ Bakericious said...

I am drooling, this looks so delicious.

Nita said...

Thank you for posting this, it looks really good... my partner (who is Turkish) loves sujuk but it's impossible to find here in NZ, so I'm so happy to have found an easy recipe for it!

Fiona said...

Hi there

I LOVE the idea of these little morsels, they look and sound delicious. I think your site is wonderful as are your photos. Good luck with your new venture, I wish i lived in London so I could try it. Your page is now on my favourites list.


Angie's Recipes said...

These somehow remind me of curry puffs....but these sound and look more pungent, flavourful and delicious!

tasteofbeirut said...


The photos are beautiful and make me just want to dive in and eat all of these pastries! Very elegant; and the idea to stuff them with sujuk is brilliant! I have had a lot of sujuk since I am in Beirut, and some served as a mince, but none prepared as beautifully as yours. Bravo for the effort and i am sure the in-laws were impressed!

tigerfish said...

You make them look like French Horns. And I am ready for spicy savory anytime.


This looks like the perfect snack...and maybe good for lunch boxes??? I could tell my kiddos would love this!

Anna Johnston said...

I just love this sort of food & share you 'thing' for puff pastry.

Marisa said...

I am such a big fan of middle-eastern food! Lamb (my fave meat), puff pastry (buttery goodness) and crunchy sesame seeds all together? Yeah I'm gonna be all over that like a bad rash.