Vegetarian sausage rolls

Vegetarian sausage rolls

Don’t you love spreading the picnic rug out on a beautiful field and starting to open boxes and baskets with surprises and homemade goodies?  Why not surprise every body with these vegetarian sausage rolls on your next picnic? They are quick and easy to make if you have just some time available to prepare your picnic.

 Why vegetarian?

Environmental Sustainability versus nutritional Value graph
Environmental Sustainability versus nutritional Value graph from De Standaard

I am not a vegetarian, so why vegetarian sausages? First of all because it is better for us not to have much meat, but it is more than that!  Since I saw some new figures on the effects of our habits of eating meat on climate change, I am motivated to eat less meat again. I came across this very interesting chart (on the left)  that puts nutritional value against environmental sustainability.

Guess what came on the top? Mushrooms! Growing them has very little impact on the environment and they contain great nutritional value for us! Lentils are part of the group of pulses and they come in the green area as well!

A mix of mushrooms and lentils is what is substituting the meat in this recipe for vegetarian sausage rolls, so they are not just delicious and  good for us, but also good for the environment: double bonus!

 

 

Part of a delicious picnic or straight out of the oven

In autumn, when the  weather cools down, we automatically have this tendency to eat more comfort food and also more meat.  That is why I first thought of making these vegetarian sausage rolls on the occasion of Bonfire Night. We had them (warmed up) when we came back from the fireworks and they were a great success!

If you are planning a picnic, you can make these beforehand and take them along. The kids will be jumping for them if you open the box!

If you are close to your kitchen, you can have these sausage rolls straight out of the oven. You can also bake them beforehand and warm them up whenever you want to serve them. They only need 5 minutes in the oven to make them warm and as fresh as the first time they came out of the oven!

These vegetarian sausage rolls are perfect party food for your kid’s birthday parties. Can you imagine how much healthier they are than those pre-packed party food sausage rolls you can buy in the supermarkets?

So if you worry about your impact on the environment too and still love sausage rolls, you might want to try these vegetarian sausage rolls instead of normal sausage rolls!  They are super healthy and a wonderful for your carbon footprint!

 

Vegetarian Sausage Rolls

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Prep: Cook: Yield: about 20 little sausage rollsTotal:

Easy

You'll Need...

  • 250 grams of mushrooms
  • 1 can of green lentils
  • 1 shallot
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1/4 tsp of ground cumin
  • 1/4 tsp of dried thyme
  • 1/4 tsp of salt
  • 1/4 tsp of black pepper
  • 1 sheet of puff pastry
  • 1 egg

Directions

  1. Take the puff pastry out off the fridge.
  2. Preheat the oven on 200 degrees Celsius.
  3. Peel the shallot and cut into pieces, not too small.
  4. Peel and crush the garlic cloves.
  5. Clean the mushrooms and cut roughly.
  6. In a sauce pan, warm up a spoonful of olive oil.
  7. Fry the shallot and the garlic cloves until the shallot becomes translucent.
  8. Add the mushrooms and stir well while cooking. Cook until soft.
  9. Add the spices and the lentils and stir.
  10. Briefly bring the hand blender in the mixture, make sure you leave some bits to keep some texture.
  11. Line a baking tray with baking paper.
  12. Roll out the puff pastry and cut into shapes. For the little rolls, start with a rectangular piece of pastry of 16 x 12 cm. Bring a line of filling along the long side.
  13. Close the roll by folding over one long side towards the other. Use a wet pastry brush the make the pastry a bit moist where you want it to stick together.
  14. Use a sharp knife to cut the 16 cm long roll into 4 little sausage rolls.
  15. Carefully transfer on the baking tray.
  16. Use the pastry brush again to add some of the beaten egg onto the roll to get a nice and shiny finish.
  17. Place the baking tray in the oven for 25 minutes.

Additional Notes

from More Than Just Carrots

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