A friend of mine, Theresa, shared this recipe with me. She recently finished her historical fiction, Lead Me Home about the Oregon Trail. For a writer, or any busy person, this is a great meal needing little attention except to pause and enjoy it.
Theresa’s Lentil Soup
1 pound lentils
1 onion, diced
1 can of diced tomatoes
1 package of diced ham
1 package of Polish kielbasa, sliced
2 Tbsp. of Italian seasoning
1/4 tsp of garlic salt
Some leftover fresh basil
1/2 cup of sliced carrots
A bottle of beer
2 cups of water (you may need more—lentils are thirsty little legumes)
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Use pre made puff pastry sheets which come with a piece of plastic between each layer. Once you make the rolls, use the plastic to wrap two long rolls separated by plastic to make it easy to take individual rolls out of the freezer at a later date.
If freezing, roll and seal the rolls but don’t brush with egg. Once they are defrosted, brush with egg and cut to your desired size.
Makes 20 large sausage rolls or 80 mini rolls.
2 lbs. minced pork
1/2 onion, chopped very finely
¾ cup fresh white bread crumbs
2 teaspoons dried marjoram
1 tablespoon dried oregano
1 tablespoon dried thyme
1/2 teaspoon cayenne powder
1 teaspoon chilli flakes
2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
1 egg, beaten
5 ready rolled puff pastry sheets, 25x25cm, defrosted
Preheat the oven to 400degrees.
Combine all of the ingredients, except the egg and pastry, in a large bowl, mix really well by hand.
Lay the pastry out on your work surface.
Take handfuls of the sausage meat and form into long sausages to fit the length of the pastry sheets. The sausages should be around 3/4 thick.
Place one sausage at the top and one at the bottom of each sheet.
Using a large knife, cut across the middle of the sheet to give you two separate sausages.
Brush the beaten egg along the cut side, fold over the pastry and use a fork to press and seal the pastry where the egg is.
Repeat with all of the rolls. Brush the long rolls with egg.
Cut into your desired size and place on a baking sheet, bake for 25-35 minutes depending on size.
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