Thursday, 27 October 2011

Vegan Spinach, Walnut and Sumac "Sausage Rolls"

These are absurdly simply and make a tasty snack food or if you serve them with a nice salad on the side it's dinner for four. Although they are so damn tasty that you might just want to make that dinner for two so you get to have seconds :)

1 onion, finely diced
Olive oil, for frying
3 vegetarian sausages, chopped up
1 generous teaspoon sumac
7-8 big spinach (silverbeet) leaves
Salt and cracked pepper to taste
1/3 cup walnuts
2 sheets ready rolled puff pastry, thawed
Soy milk, for brushing
Sesame seeds

To Make:
1. Preheat oven to a moderate 180 degrees C.
2. Add a splash of olive oil to a saucepan or frypan (preferably non stick because you'll need less oil) and heat. Add the diced onions and sauté until completely cooked.
3. Add the chopped vegie sausages and cook, stirring frequently, for 2-3 minutes. Remove from heat.
4. Wash and remove the thick white stems from the spinach and chop finely. Add to a saucepan with 1/3 cup water and cook, covered, on a low heat until the spinach is completely wilted (takes 5-10mins). Drain spinach in a strainer (but don't squeeze as it will mush up your spinach).
5. Break the walnuts up with your hands. In a bowl combine the onion and sausage mix, spinach, sumac and salt and cracked pepper to taste. Mix well to combine.
6. Cut each of the pastry sheets in half. Add 1/4 of the mix to the centre of each pastry strip and fold the edges over the top of it to make a large sausage roll (will be bigger than the kind of sausage rolls you buy at bakeries!). Place each sausage roll with the fold side down on a tray lined with baking paper.
7. Brush the top of each roll with soy milk and sprinkle with sesame seeds. Bake for 20 minutes, or until nice and golden on top (you will probably want to turn the tray around about 10-15mins in to make sure that all4 rolls cook evenly).
8. Devour!

Makes 4 sausage rolls.


  1. What the hell is sumac?

  2. Hi Joel
    Sumac is a spice used a lot on Arabic cuisine. It's a fantastic rust red colour and should be available in fruit and vegie shops, or if you can't find it in any of your locals you can get it online from Herbie's Spices (

    Our favourite way to have Sumac is sprinkled over hummous on toast!