Our recipe for a Lincolnshire sausage tart is bursting with hearty flavour and garnished with a light sprinkling of thyme leaves.
300g Lincolnshire sausages
250g strong white flour, sifted, plus extra for dusting
2 eggs, plus 1 yolk
250g chilled unsalted butter, plus extra for greasing
2 tbsp brown sugar
1 tbsp white wine vinegar
1 tbsp tomato puree
200g double cream
½ onion, peeled and thinly sliced
2 tbsp fresh thyme leaves, plus extra to garnish
sea salt and black pepper
In a large mixing bowl, place the flour, 150ml of cold water and the egg yolk, and combine with a wooden spoon until the mixture forms a paste. Knead by hand for 2 mins, then turn out onto a surface lightly dusted with flour. Roll out to a square approximately 20 x 20cm.
Place the butter between two pieces of baking paper, then beat, using a rolling pin, into a square shape approximately 2cm smaller than the dough square. Place the butter on top of the dough at an angle and fold the dough edges over the butter to cover, like an envelope. Re-dust the rolling pin with flour, then roll out the pastry to a rectangle shape approximately the length of A4, before folding one end into the middle, then the other side over it. Turn the pastry 90 degrees, repeat the process twice, then cover in cling film and leave to chill for 1 hr. After this time, repeat the rolling process twice more, then cover the pastry in cling film and return it to the fridge for 30 mins.
Grease a large, flat oven tray. On a surface dusted with flour, roll out the pastry to a 30cm square. Cut out a circle 25cm in diameter and transfer to the prepared tray. In a small bowl, beat 1 egg, then brush it on the perimeter of the circle. With the remaining pastry off-cuts, cut 2cm strips and place on top of the egg wash, ribboning them along the curve to fit and pressing down to fix. Cover loosely with cling film and leave to chill for 30 mins.
Preheat the oven to 200°C/gas mark 6. Bake the pastry case for 25 mins until golden, cooked through and risen. Knock in the first layer of pastry within the pastry case and remove. Turn the oven to 180°C/gas mark 4.
Squeeze the sausages out of their cases and into a bowl, then mix in the sugar, vinegar and tomato puree. Season with salt and pepper. Spread out the mixture across an oven tray and cook for 10 mins. In a jug, whisk together the double cream, the remaining egg, onion and thyme leaves. Grate in the cheese and season with pepper. Fill the pastry case with the mixture and top with sticky sausage meat. Bake for 25 mins until the filling is firm and golden. Serve immediately or allow to cool and serve chilled, garnished with thyme.
More recipes for the humble sausage are in the September 2019 issue of LandScape magazine...
Sausage and cider casserole
Sausage and blackberry traybake with mash
Toad in the hole muffins
Home-made skinless sausages
Sausage and mushroom plait
2 tbsp lemon thyme leavesplus sprigs to garnish
1 kg fresh mussels
2 small leeks
1 tbsp cold pressed rapeseed oil
125g smoked bacon lardons
grated zest 1 lemon
250ml dry cider
pepper to season
Scrub the mussels and pull away the beards. Discard any mussels that have broken shells or do not close when tapped.
Trim the leeks and thinly slice, wash well and shake away as much water as possible.
Heat the oil in a large saucepan and add the bacon lardons. Cook until they begin to crisp and brown. Add the butter to the pan. When it has melted, stir in the leeks and lemon thyme. Cook for 5 mins, stirring frequently until the leeks have softened. Turn the heat up high, add the mussels, lemon zest and cider. Cover and cook for 4-5 mins, shaking the pan occasionally, until the mussels have opened.
Remove the mussels, bacon and leeks with a draining spoon and place in a warm serving bowl. Discard any that have not opened.
Boil the juices left in the pan for 2 mins until reduced slightly. Pour over the mussels in the bowl.
Season with black pepper, garnish with thyme sprigs and serve immediately.
Other thyme recipes from our Jul/Aug 2014 issue:
• Cod with thyme and tomato
• Creamy garlic and thyme mushrooms
• Roast tomatoes with thyme and honey
• Lemon and thyme chicken salad