17 January 2013

Sausage Rolls - Book Review and Giveaway - Le Charcutier Anglais


My vegan and vegetarian readers will want to skip this post, I'm afraid. The book I'm reviewing was written by an extreme carnivore! 

Le Charcutier Anglais: Tales and Recipes from a Gamekeeper Turned Charcutier is more than a cookbook. Though it has lots of recipes, for everything from terrines and verrines to pizza and pastry, it is actually a crash course in butchery and charcuterie (the branch of cooking devoted to prepared meat products, such as bacon, ham, sausage, terrines, galantines, pâtés and confit, primarily from pork). Marc travels widely, in Europe as well as throughout Britain, spreading the word and teaching others what is becoming a lost art.

It is also filled with humour. I had the privilege of reading a draft of the book long before it was published, and I remember laughing out loud and then having to read bits to my husband because he wanted to know what I was laughing at. Must warn the sensitive: the humour can be a little indelicate at times, but what can I say. Marc-Frederic (his French name) is a Lancashire lad, and when he asks you to read part of a story in a Lancashire accent, it's hilarious!

I must say there is one chapter I just skimmed with one eye (offal) and one chapter I skipped entirely (blood). Those who have religious, squeamish or other reasons for avoiding one or both of those chapters will still have a lot of reading. The first chapter gives close attention to, and important specifics about, the equipment you'll need for tackling various tasks. 

The recipe I chose to make first, sausage rolls, is a classic British snack, perfect for picnics and parties. The recipe is on page 142 and calls for a few simple sausage ingredients and either homemade puff pastry (recipe on page 180) or frozen puff pastry. Next I'm going to make the pork pie with the traditional hot water pastry, something I've never done. But the book isn't all pork. There's beef, other meats, game, fish and fowl. Of course, the pastry chapter is my favourite.

Sausage Rolls

(Makes 32)

Adapted from Le Charcutier Anglais. Recipe in the book says salt and pepper to taste and mixed herbs; my adaptation lists the specific seasonings and amounts I used, which you may change to suit yourself. If you cook with grams and litres and Celsius, see my Brit Conversions page for measurements and temperatures.

2 pounds ground pork
1 onion, finely chopped (I cooked it)
1 tablespoon brown sugar
2 1/2 teaspoons poultry seasoning
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 1/2 teaspoons coarsely ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/4 teaspoon dried marjoram leaves
1/8 teaspoon ground mace
1 17.25-ounce package frozen puff pastry, thawed
1 large egg
1 tablespoon water

1 In large bowl, combine ground pork, chopped onion and seasonings. Cover and refrigerate to chill and allow flavors to come together.

2 Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Unfold the two pastry sheets, and cut each lengthwise into two strips. In small bowl, beat the egg and water to make an egg wash.

3 Divide the sausage into four portions and roll each into a log the length of the pastry strips. Place a sausage on each pastry strip. Brush the long pastry edge farthest from you with egg wash, roll the pastry around the sausage and crimp the edge to seal. Turn the roll over so that the seam is underneath. Kind of roll it around a bit, to a length of 12 inches.

4 Brush the rolls with egg wash. Cut each roll into eight 1.5-inch lengths. Cut 2 small slashes in top of each roll.

5 Place sausage rolls on parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake at 400 degrees for about 20 to 25 minutes, or until puffed and golden brown. If you're paranoid about the doneness of pork, as I am, you might want to give it an extra 10 or 15 minutes at 325 degrees.



Le Charcutier Anglais Giveaway

One winner will receive a copy of Le Charcutier Anglais: Tales and Recipes from a Gamekeeper Turned Charcutier. All readers anywhere in the world who enter before 11:59 pm Eastern time Wednesday January 23 will be put into a random drawing. Winner will be announced here in the comments before noon Eastern time on Thursday January 24. If I don't hear back from the winner of the random drawing by 11:59 am Eastern time Sunday January 27, another drawing will be held and a new winner selected from the original entrants (those who commented before the giveaway deadline).

Buy It Now Le Charcutier Anglais is available online at Amazon.

To enter the contest, post a comment below, and please include your email address in the body of your comment.

Disclosure: The book for this giveaway is being provided by the author. I was given a copy of Le Charcutier Anglais for review, and all opinions shared are my own.

37 comments:

Melanie said...

Those look DELICIOUS!! Mmmm....

Jean | Delightful Repast said...

They were! And so cute! Perfect for afternoon tea (I just had them with a cup of tea) or a drinks party.

Eileen said...

I would love a chance to win the book.
Although I have lived in Wales most of my life I am a Lancashire lass. I have fond memories of shopping with my mother in the indoor market. One of the delicacies I used to love was elder, similar to tripe which is from the cow's stomach but was actually pressed cow's udder. Lovely with vinegar. A food of the past I'm afraid.

I have just found Marc-Frederic's blog, looks really interesting.

Those sausage rolls look delicious and homemade puff pastry isn't too difficult to make.

Jean | Delightful Repast said...

Eileen, I think he mentions that food in the book! I'm part Lancashire lass, you might say - my grandfather was right on the Lancs/Yorks border.

Sandra said...

you asked if my mother was English, no, but my mothers great grandparents were from Scotland.

Kelly said...

Thanks - sounds like an interesting cookbook!

Steel Springs said...

This looks like a fun book. I think that my husband would really like it.

Comtesse Olympe de la Tour D'Auvergne said...

I literally had a friend ask me today what my favorite party food was, and I responded "Sausage rolls!" We lived in England when I was little and these have a special place in my heart.

Sounds like a great book, and thanks for sharing the recipe!

(LeslieKdesigns@gmail.com)

Jean | Delightful Repast said...

Sandra, Kelly, Steel Springs, thanks for playing!

Jean | Delightful Repast said...

Comtesse, glad to find another sausage roll fan - I first had them in an English pub and thought they were wonderful.

Cranberry Morning said...

I'll have to say, I didn't think I was going to like this recipe. Sausage rolls just don't appeal to me - until I read the recipe. Sounds good after all! And the book sounds fascinating. I'd love to read it! Although I only have a few cells of British blood, I would thoroughly enjoy it. I'm a Swede (and I don't mean rutabaga). :-)

Jean | Delightful Repast said...

Judy, thank you! And I dub thee an honorary Englishwoman!

J said...

Thank you for the chance to win this lovely book! Your site is a very elegant one, and I'll be back to try some of your recipes! Thanks!
Jserialmom@aol.com just in case!

Jean | Delightful Repast said...

Thanks, J!

Yenta Mary said...

Charcuterie is all the rage! An art form, truly ....

TziporahMiriam said...

Would love to have this book! Have never won anything however. Taking a chance.
thornrose.eq2@gmail.com

Jean | Delightful Repast said...

Mary, yes, and this guy really knows his stuff. He's passionate about it.

Jean | Delightful Repast said...

All the best, Miriam!

Thomas "Sully" Sullivan said...

Carnivore stuff and I’m late to the table. Must say, I’m a hard sell for meat wrapped in bread. Usually end up picking off any of the latter that isn’t substantially altered by juices-of-carnivore or various condiments. But your presentation wins the day as usual, Jeani. If a hot dog had class, this is what it would look like! And the book looks like my…uh, bread and butter too!

Jean | Delightful Repast said...

Sully, thank you! The "bread" is minimal, and you *could* put a big shmear of condiments on it. Or you could just peel it off and hand it to someone like me who prefers bread over meat!

Heidi said...

Sausage rolls sounds fabulous....a perfect bite.....or two! My hubby would love these. heidi@teatimewithheidi.me

Jean | Delightful Repast said...

Thanks, Heidi! And they're pretty quick and easy too - with frozen puff pastry. Sometimes I make extra pastry and have it in the freezer, but this time I used store-bought and it was good.

Liz said...

Looks so good! This cookbook looks like it would be wonderful !
Liz
lanzaelizabeth77 at gmail dot com

Jean | Delightful Repast said...

Thanks, Liz! I don't think there' another book out there quite like it!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

This recipe sounds so good! I would love to have this cookbook! Thanks!
lavenderdreamstoo at gmail dot com Hugs!

Jean | Delightful Repast said...

Yes, I'm sure you'd enjoy it!

pauseforfood said...

Those rolls just look soooooo tempting! But you should have a go at Blood and Offal! :)

Jean | Delightful Repast said...

Thanks, pauseforfood! Nope, I won't be giving those a try. I think offal is just awful, and blood is entirely out of the question! I've barely come to grips with eating meat and am careful to buy only organic, grassfed, sustainable, ethical, etc. But thanks for the encouragement!

Jean | Delightful Repast said...

*Giveaway Winner Announced* - The winner, by random drawing, of the cookbook is Comtesse Olympe del la Tour D'Auvergne. Leslie, as soon as you send me, delightfulrepast at aol dot com, your name, address and phone number (required by shipper), the author will ship the book to you. Congratulations!

If I don't hear from the winner of the random drawing by 11:59 am Eastern time Sunday, January 27, another drawing will be held and a new winner selected from among the original entrants (those who commented before the giveaway deadline).

This was fun - my first Giveaway in 2013! Don't miss the next one!

In the meantime, follow me on Google and Twitter (@delightfulrepas). You can even use the Follow Me By Email button in the right column.

Bernideen said...

These look delish and would work well for afternoon tea too! Thanks for linking up here at Friends Sharing Tea.

Jean | Delightful Repast said...

Thanks, Bernideen! I love connecting with fellow tea aficionados!

k-chan said...

Wow, how hungry does this post make me! I would love to read the book.

Jean | Delightful Repast said...

Thanks, Kellie! It's a fun book!

Snap said...

I have a friend who prepares sausage rolls every year for her Christmas Eve party -- a family tradition. Yummy!!!!!

Jean | Delightful Repast said...

Maybe it can be *your* new family tradition now!

Angela Paris said...

ooh these look tasty, my husband would love them!

Jean | Delightful Repast said...

Yes, I think he would, Angela - AND you don't even have to tell him how easy they were to make!

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