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
- 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!