There's nothing worse than having a cold, stodgy shop bought sausage roll forced upon you at Christmas drinks. This usually seems to happen at the point when you’re so hungry that you’d eat your shoe. Do your guests a greater service this Christmas and greet them with these hearty vegetarian friendly rolls. Make a ton, freeze and whip then out again when ushering in the new year. From Josh Eggleton (The Pony and Trap).

Ingredients (Makes about 10)

3 Large white onions, peeled and sliced

1 Clove of garlic, minced

1tsp Chopped thyme

50g panko (Japanese) breadcrumbs

200g cheddar cheese, grated

6 spring onions, finely sliced

2tbsp chives, chopped

2tsp English mustard

2 large eggs

1 roll of ready to cook puff pastry

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 200c. Place the onions and 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil in a small pan over a medium heat. When you can hear the onions frying, turn the heat right down and cook them for about 30 minutes to caramelise, stirring occasionally. Add the garlic and the thyme and cook for a further 15 minutes.
  2. Place the pan over a high heat and stir the onions until any water has evaporated. Put the onions in a bowl; add the rest of the ingredients and 1 of the eggs and mix well to combine. Season with salt and pepper and then use your hands to roll the mix into 2 sausage shapes about 3-4cm wide.
  3. Lay them out on a tray and chill for 20 minutes to firm up. Unroll the pastry and cut in half lengthwise. Lay the cheese mix along the pastry, slightly off centre, and brush with beaten egg along the edge of pastry closest to the filling. Roll the pastry over to form 2 long sausage roll shapes and crimp one edge with a fork to seal.
  4. Cut each length into 5 small sausage rolls (or 3 larger ones) and score the tops with a knife. Place the sausage rolls on a baking sheet and brush with the remaining egg. Bake for 20 minutes or until golden.

Recipe provided by Michelin Star restaurant The Pony and Trap.