Easy Sausage Plait Recipe
Oh My word I’ve just rediscovered the most amazing bake – Easy Sausage Plait and here’s the recipe
Do you know what? I don’t think I’ve made one of these babies for over 25 years. Fool Clare!
It was probably when I was at school in home economics?
Or was it Domestic Science?
Well it is so easy and I have to tell you better than I ever remembered.
Why Sausage Plait not Sausage Rolls?
Ok Ok so you can’t beat a good sausage roll?
Well on reflection I’m not so sure….
The beauty is really a simple twist on a sausage roll and the thing is here you get more sausage meat to pastry ratio!
It really is yum – Winning!!
Try it – please it’s so good …….
In my opinion – BETTER thank SAUSAGE ROLLS!!!
Let me know what you think
And you can serve it as the ‘main event’ it’s cracking with roast potatoes, veg and gravy – try it!
So how do you make a Sausage Plait?
Well it really couldn’t be simpler….
It’s literally a roll of chilled/ frozen shortcrust pastry or puff pastry. Whichever you prefer really….
I like shortcrust and I’ve now made this recipe 3 times in 2 weeks. Eeeeek!
So here we go, sausage plait construction:
Pastry unrolled and sausages skinned and squished out – as so….
Then simply start plaiting….
Make sure you seal the ends with water and use a fork to crimp
Then simply egg wash the whole thing and bake!
Pastry for your sausage Plait
Well you can make your shortcrust pastry or puff pastry from scratch, but quite frankly I have a life – ha ha
Alternatively just buy the ready made chilled stuff on a roll, it really is very good and you use the whole sheet for this (If you can buy the all-butter one it really does make a difference)
It’s personal preference on the type if pastry you choose, I tend to choose shortcrust but puff would be great too – next time Clare
Sausage Meat for your plait
I always buy really good quality sausages and skin them (never sausage meat – not sure why?)
However you can of course use sausage meat
My fave at the moment are Pork & Leek, however I’ve also used the Pork and caramelised onions ones – yum, slightly sweet!
Simply use your favourite flavour sausages and mix it up a bit 🙂
Seasonal Ideas for your Sausage Plait
I was also thinking if you wanted to make it a little more special for Christmas say, there is no reason why you couldn’t add some caramelised onions on top of the sausage meat.
Or why not some cranberry sauce to indeed fresh cranberries at Christmas time?
Stilton Cheese is another idea or Brie or apples, or just a few sliced tomatoes?
Play around with it – delicious everywomen
Vegetarian or Vegan Sausage Plait
There is simply no reason why it can’t be both, just select your pastry and but vegetarian or vegan sausages yum!!
I also have a Cheese & Onion Plait – it’s yum too
Finished Sausage Plait
To serve your Easy Sausage Plait
Well why not warm straight from the oven with a cuppa (Or a gin or a glass of mulled wine at Christmas time?) Always best…
Or maybe warm with potatoes (as I mentioned), veg and gravy as a meal? I do this quite often and it goes down a storm
Or with baked beans? All the kids I’ve served it to love it as well! So it’s an easy family recipe too
I’m not sure it will last that long to be honest – but it’s also lovely cold ….
Perfect for packed lunches & picnics
Over the past year I’ve had a lot of picnics and this is perfect picnic food
I took one on a picnic for two people 🙂
So instead of baking the whole plait, once I’d made it, I cut it in half and froze half unbaked.
Ready for the next picnic!! Genius!
Perfect for eating alfresco and really easy to transport
Can you freeze your sausage Plait?
Simply put – yes and my advice – make two!
Make it up as above then freeze it unbaked
I would then defrost on the morning you need it, egg wash and bake
So you can really get ahead and then tuck into delicious warn pastry and sausage-meat – so good
Other nibbles / Plaits
If you’re looking for a vegetarian version you might like my Cheese & Onion Plait – its so delicious
Anyway I hope you love this retro bake as much as I do.
It will certainly be making an apperance again soon. I won’t be waiting another 25 years that’s for sure
If you have a go, please let me know how you get on!
Big Love as always
Easy Sausage Plait
- 320 g packet chilled ready made Shortcrust or puff pastry
- 6 good quality sausages skinned
- 1 egg beaten
- Preheat your oven 160C fan/ 180C / 350F / Gas Mark 4
- Prepare your pastry, basically unroll the sheet
- Leave the pastry on the paper it was wrapped in as this becomes your baking paper
- Skin your sausages and make into a long flat sausage shape and place on top of pastry, see pictures above
- Then using a sharp knife, cut chevrons in the pastry, again see pictures above
- Then simply plait as shown above, you can use water to stick the edges at the top and bottom of your sausage plait
- Crimp the top and bottom with a folk, to seal the edges
- Place on a large baking sheet, using the paper to lift it
- Finally egg was the whole plait and bake in the centre of the oven for approx 40 minutes, checking after 35 minutes
- Once your plait is golden brown and baked through remove and serve
- Or leave to cool and then slice