The backstory

Sausage rolls, tomato sauce, and native herbs are a perfect combination that was just meant to be! Considering how central sausage rolls are to Australian food culture, I had to try some native herbs with this classic crowd pleaser. As I already had a native thyme bush in my herb garden, I was keen to explore whether thyme would work in a sausage roll. And the kids were definitely happy with the outcome. You can certainly increase the amount of native herbs included in this recipe, depending on how strong you want the bush flavours to be highlighted, but I have kept mine fairly subtle for my home audience. I have chosen beef mince, but any mince would work just as nicely, such as kangaroo or pork mince. It makes for a very convenient lunch box addition or picnic option, as its easy to transport and eat without knife and fork, so this recipe will definitely become a favorite on my menu planner. I used fresh native thyme for this recipe, but you can also used dried native thyme. 

About the ingredients 

Native Thyme: has a sharp, minty flavor, with a slight lemon pepper after-taste. It has healing properties related to headaches and colds and was originally used for such medicinal purposes. It likes to grow in cooler climates as it normally grows in southern parts of Australia, and can be a fantastic addition to the backyard herb garden. It can be used fresh with meats, chicken or fish, or can be dried to add some zing to herbal teas or dried herb mixes that need a lift. Its a great combination with other herbs such as European oregano.

Pepper leaf: Comes from the Tasmania lanceolata plant which grows well in southern parts of Australia where the climate is cooler, and the berries and leaves can be used. It has quite a complex flavour structure, with a number of different layers and dimensions that go well with either sweet or savory. It can be used with curries, cheese, meats, ice-cream or even Christmas cake. Nutritionally, the pepper leaf is a wonderful anti-oxidant, is high in Vitamin E and folate, and has antibacterial / antifungal properties. This bush is easy to grow at home and would be a useful addition to your collection of herbs and spices growing in your backyard.  

Pepper berry: Comes from the Tasmannia lanceolata plant which grows well in southern parts of Australia where the climate is cooler, and the berries and leaves can be used. It has quite a complex flavour structure, with a number of different layers and dimensions that go well with either sweet or savory. It can be used with curries, cheese, meats, ice-cream or even Christmas cake. Nutritionally, the pepper berry is a wonderful anti-oxidant, is high in Vitamin E and folate, and has antibacterial / antifungal properties. This bush is easy to grow at home and would be a useful addition to your collection of herbs and spices growing in your backyard.  

Reference (https://anfab.org.au/, agrifigures.com.au)

Ingredients

  • 500g beef mince
  • 1/2 an onion
  • 1 carrot, peeled
  • 3 small sticks of celery, washed
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup breadcrumbs or (almond meal for gluten free version)
  • 1 teaspoon pepper leaf
  • 1-2 teaspoons ground pepperberry
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1-2 teaspoons native thyme, fresh or dried
  • 2 sheets puff pastry
  • Sesame seeds for sprinkling if you wish

 

Steps and Method

  1. Pre-heat your oven at 180 degrees Celcius, and take out your frozen puff pastry sheets to defrost on the bench.
  2. Chop the onion, carrot and celery very finely in a food processor until its almost a puree. Add in the meat, egg, breadcrumb, herbs and salt, and combine in the food processor. You can also combine by hand in a separate bowl if you don't have a food processor.
  3. Your mixture should provide enough meat for 4 sausage rolls. Cut your puff pastry sheets in half, and evenly divide the mixture onto each, shaping the mince along the long side of the pastry sheet. Fold the pastry over the mince, and place on a lined baking sheet with the join at the bottom.
  4. Brush the top of the sausage rolls with some milk or egg, and sprinkle some sesame seeds or poppy seeds if you wish.
  5. Bake in the oven for approx 30 mins or until golden brown on top.
  6. Cool on a cooling rack and allow to cool. If you are not eating straight away, it can be stored in an airtight container for up to 3 days in the fridge.