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    appetizers and breakfast

    I am a great fan of multi-purpose things.

    My couch is also a bed. My coffee table is also storage. My appetizers are also breakfast.

    I haven't been able to find a local bakery that makes good sausage rolls. In fact, of all the bakeries I've been to, I found only one that had sausage rolls. They weren't very good. I mean really, how can you mess up something that is basically "pigs in a blanket"?

    I'm most familiar with sausage rolls eaten at lunch or as an afternoon snack, with tea. But I've also had small versions of them as cocktail foods. And since I'm somewhat recently enamoured with biscuits and sausage gravy, I figure we may as well have them for breakfast too.

    Because really, who wants to make breakfast the morning after a cocktail party. Or a family Christmas party.... I need cocktails for those.

    Sausage Rolls

    What you need:

    • Biscuit dough!
    • Sausage
    • ...
    • that's basically it
    • but dijon mustard is tasty
    • and egg wash makes them pretty (one egg with half a shell's worth of water beaten in)

    (but of course, there is no egg in the picture)

    What you gotta do:

    Make yourself a batch of biscuit dough. I'm going to do these rolls two ways, so I've divided mine in half and rolled out one of the halves into a rectangle that's about 10 inches long and 4 inches wide.

    For the first batch, I'm going to start with raw sausage. Whatever kind you like best. These came from a local deli/grocery that makes their own sausages, usually with local pigs. If you have time and want to dirty another bowl, you can mix in some breadcrumbs and extra seasoning (sage, parsley, thyme). I opted to go bare bones with my sausage and just brush the dough with a bit of grainy dijon mustard.

    Bust open a sausage and place a thumb-thick strip of sausage a little closer to one edge.

    I brushed a bit of egg wash on the inside of the dough before I rolled it up.

    Slice the roll into 10 pieces that are about 1 inch wide each and once they're on a baking sheet, brush them with more egg wash. 

    Into a 400 degree oven they go. Mine's been preheating this whole time. Has yours?

    And since my biscuits tend to rise quite a bit...

    Some of them toppled, but 25 minutes later they came out looking just fine.

    Now, if you've got some leftover sausage, or if you don't want to deal with the raw, you can do this all with cooked sausage.

    Again, roll out a piece of biscuit dough. This one didn't quite make it into being rectangular. Close enough.

    The mustard and egg wash go on first, then the sausage. I cut into the sausage in a couple places so that it would lay a little straighter.

    Roll, slice, eggwash.

    This time, I baked a little hotter, 425 degrees which is typical for biscuits, and only left them in for 20 minutes.

    These, with a bit of gravy on top... breakfast.

    Or dipped into a little more dijon... appetizers.

    What's your favourite multi-purpose food?


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