This is one of my all time favourites. I can’t remember a party from my childhood, or adulthood, when one of these beauties hasn’t been invited. The pie in the picture is one of mum’s creations and it is from my mum that I have this recipe. My mum makes the best sausage pies in the world!
I made one for a party we had over the May bank holiday weekend, but with all the pre party chaos I forgot to take a picture of my creation, so I have waited until my mum made her next sausage pie before posting this recipe. Luckily for me she makes then quite often.
It is always popular and I rarely get a chance for leftovers. It is important though that you get very good sausage meat from a very good butcher for this pie to be top notch.
500g ready-made all butter puff pastry
1 egg, lightly beaten, to glaze
1kg top quality sausage meat
6-7 tips of sage (by tip I mean the top 3 or 4 leaves of a sprig)
salt and pepper
If you don’t have a food processor then chop the onion and sage finely. If you have a food processor, throw them both in and whizz until finely chopped. Add them to the sausagemeat in a bowl, add a little salt and pepper and using your hands mix really well together.
Roll the puff pastry out into a large rectangle. I forgot to measure mine to help with this but think about the baking tray you are going to use and it will probably be about the same size as that.
Place the sausagemeat in the centre of the pastry in a line, leaving an edge of about 3cm.
Fold the pastry over to meet at the top and crimp the edges well. Place the pie onto a lightly greased baking tray and brush all over with a lightly beaten egg. (You may have some spare pastry that you need to trim away. If you do then brush this with egg and sprinkle with grated cheese and cut into fingers, place onto a greased baking sheet and cook for about 8-10 minutes for lovely cheese straws)
Place in a preheated oven at 220°c for about 30 minutes until golden brown.
You can serve this hot but I like it much better cold as the flavours really develop.