A fun-sized version of the traditional British street food. Perfect to serve as an appetizer with drinks.
This time of year, we all want to be a bit British. Be it food, or drinks, or Christmas carols. I don’t have a drop of British blood in me – but I love what our friends across-the-pond have contributed to our holidays:
On our table: Roasted Chestnuts, Figgy Pudding, Plum Pudding (via Janice @MealMakeoverMoms), Yule Log (the British version of bûche de Noël ,) Roast turkey (like in Dickens’ A Christmas Carol,) Brussels sprouts (traditional for Christmas dinner in the UK – now ‘trendy’ here)
In our glasses: Wassail, Mulled Cider, Hot Buttered Rum
Sung by carolers: The Holly and the Ivy, What Child is This, Angels from the Realms of Glory
So after flipping through several cookbooks for inspiration for this month’s Recipe ReDux theme…
It’s the end of the year and we’re taking a moment to reflect – The Recipe ReDux has been around for 54 months! To celebrate: Grab your nearest cookbook and ReDux the recipe on page 54 or 154.
…it wasn’t surprising that – being it’s Christmas time – a British cookbook came to the top of my must-cook-from-list.
The book is Serena, Food & Stories: Feeding Friends Every Hour of the Day by London-born Serena Bass (now a New York caterer.)
The idea of the book – feeding friends – is perfect for this time of year. Her recipes have a bit of British-flair, but are adapted for American tastes. Some of my favorites include: Guadalahara Hash (a spicy hash of shredded sweet potatoes,) Roast Cauliflower with Raisins and Thyme, Pimms Cup and The Smart Blond (a passion fruit puree drink.)
But it was her Sausage Rolls that appeared on page 54.
To adapt Serena’s recipe, I:
- Shrunk the portion-size
- Added shredded carrots for color and nutrition
- Sprinkled in curry powder for zip (if you’ve been to the UK, you know curry powder is in everything!)
- Mixed in Dijon mustard with is traditionally served with British sausage rolls
Below are two versions of my Mini Sausage Rolls – one using puff pastry shells (which is a bit tedious to work with unless you’re making only a few appetizers.) The other uses wonton wrappers if you’re making lots of apps.5-Ingredient App - A fun-sized version of the traditional British street food: Mini-Sausage Rolls via @TspCurry… Click To Tweet
Now from my kitchen to yours…I leave you with two traditional British greetings…
“Good health to you now and forever!” <==Love this!
Do you have a favorite British holiday food? Or is it all about your own traditions this time of year?
For more British food picks from our Recipe Box, check out Deanna’s round-up in honor of the Downtown Abby premiere.
And for lots more Christmas cookbook picks, click on the recipes of fellow ReDuxers: