Pork & fennel sausage rolls with green tomato chutney

Luke Mangan's pork and fennel sausage rolls with green tomato chutney.
Luke Mangan's pork and fennel sausage rolls with green tomato chutney. Photo: Vanessa Levis

The pork and fennel sausage rolls are my mum's recipe; I just tweaked it a bit.

Ingredients

extra virgin olive oil

1 onion, finely chopped

4 cloves garlic, finely chopped

1 carrot, peeled and finely diced

1 stick celery, diced

250g pork shoulder, minced

250g veal mince

200g pork back fat, minced

1 tsp dried chilli flakes

50ml cognac

1 tbsp fennel seeds, toasted, plus extra

4 eggs (2 for egg wash)

75g breadcrumbs

salt and pepper

1 packet ready-rolled puff pastry

Green tomato chutney

½ tsp green cardamom pods

¼ tsp turmeric

½ stick cinnamon

¾ clove garlic, finely chopped

1.5 cm piece ginger, peeled and finely chopped

½ onion, finely chopped

500g green tomatoes, finely chopped

½ green apple, peeled, cored and chopped

⅖ cup brown sugar

¼ cup raisins

100ml cider vinegar

¼ cup tomato sauce

Method

For green tomato chutney, crush cardamom, discard pods and crush seeds. In a large pot, toast cardamom seeds over a medium heat for 30 seconds.

Add remaining ingredients, except the tomato sauce, and stir. Cook for about 45 minutes or until it is nice and thick.

Stir in tomato sauce and season. Place in fridge to chill until required.

For filling, place some olive oil in a pan over a medium-high heat and cook onion and garlic until tender but not coloured.

Add carrot and celery and cook for 12-15 minutes or until very soft. Transfer to a tray and cool in the fridge.

Place pork, veal, back fat, chilli flakes, cognac, 1 tbsp fennel seeds, 2 eggs and breadcrumbs in a large bowl and mix well, and make sure it's all seasoned very well.

Add cooled vegetable mix, mix through and divide into 10-12 portions (about 80g each).

Cut pastry into 10cm x 15cm rectangles and place on a floured bench.

Place a meat portion longways into centre of each pastry piece. Roll into a cylinder shape and seal with a little egg wash along 1 side. Place in fridge to rest for about 1 hour.

Preheat oven to 200c

Place rolls on a baking tray, brush with egg wash, sprinkle with extra fennel seeds and bake for 25-30 minutes or until pastry is nice and golden.

Serve warm with green tomato chutney.