Tuesday, 1 November 2016

Sausage, Feta and Tomato Filo Pie



Three cheers for the humble British Banger! Quick, tasty, economical and versatile Sausages deserve to be celebrated. Now in it's 18th year, British Sausage Week runs from the 31st October to the 6th November 2016 and does just that. Despite scare stories, the majority of sausages being produced today by British pig farmers are made from fresh pork rather than processed meat. To ensure that your sausages are up to scratch just look for the Red Tractor when you are shopping. Sausages that depict a Red Tractor logo are traceable from farm to fork and have been produced responsibly by the nation’s skilled butchers and producers. Put simply, you can Trust the Tractor when it comes to choosing a superior sausage. 


Sausages are versatile enough to be eaten for practically any meal or occasion. You can't go camping without them and a cooked breakfast most certainly isn't complete if they don't put in an appearance. Not only can they be enjoyed in traditional ways with mash or in casseroles, they also lend themselves to being transformed into dishes from other cuisines. Personally I absolutely adore Toad in the Hole and for a convenient family meal sausages are ideal to throw in the slow cooker. My sausage and croissant wreath proves immensely popular every Christmas. I've had the chance to have a go at making my own sausages with a couple of local butchers and suffice to say it's a lot more tricky than it looks! (Check out my experience at The Store and HM Sheridan)


There are over 500 varieties of pork sausages available in the UK which include almost every conceivable flavour combination. I've tried some weird and wonderful creations including Shortbread and Irn Bru and Strawberry and Champagne (both really good!) Suffice to say whatever your taste there's a sausage out there that will match it. Kid's love them which means they're perfect for the whole family and provide a quick, easy and tasty option for mid-week meal. The recipe I'm sharing below showcases the sheer versatility of sausages. They don't necessarily have to be cooked whole and can be chopped up or squeezed from their casings. This pie has somewhat of a Mediterranean feel about it with basil, tomatoes and feta. Even picky girl loved it! I've a feeling it may become a new family favourite. 

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Sausage, Feta and Tomato Filo Pie

Serves 4
Prep time: 20 minutes
Cooking time: 25 minutes

Ingredients
8 pork sausages
3tbsp olive oil
1 small onion, peeled and chopped
2 cloves garlic, peeled and chopped
200g cherry tomatoes
2tbsp fresh basil, chopped
1 tsp Smoked Paprika
Salt & Pepper
500g passata (sieved tomatoes)
6 sheets filo pastry
200g feta cheese, cubed

Method
• Pre-heat the oven to 180C/350F/gas mark 4. Grease a roasting tin (21cm x 25cm, 4cm deep), and line it with baking parchment.
• Brush a frying pan with a little oil, heat to a medium heat and add the sausages, turning frequently until they are browned all over, then remove from the heat.
• Whilst the sausages are browning, heat the oil in a separate large pan and add the onion and garlic and cook for 3-4 minutes, until soft.
• Add the smoked paprika, cherry tomatoes, chopped basil and passata to the cooked onion and garlic. Season well with salt and pepper.
• Slice each sausage in to quarters and add to the sauce. Cook for a further 5 minutes.
• Lay a sheet of filo pastry on the work surface and brush with olive oil. Repeat until you have three sheets on top of each other and transfer them to the lined roasting tin.
• Spoon the sausage mixture into the tin, on top of the filo sheets. Add the cubes of feta all over the filling.
• Fold the edges of the filo over onto the filling. Brush three further sheets of filo with oil, fold them in half (with oiled side on top) and place on top of the sausage mixture, to form a lid.
• Place in the pre-heated oven for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown on top, and the filling is bubbling.


Check out what some of my food blogging colleagues have been cooking up for British Sausage Week





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15 comments :

  1. lovely - and perfect for autumn evenings #cookblogshare

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    1. I can hardly believe that's us into November, the weather is certainly letting us know its Autumn so warming food is very much required.

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  2. Oh that piggy chopping board is so cute!! And this dish looks wonderful - love how you have done something totally different with sausages. I am very intrigued by the Irn Bru sausages - were they nice??? Eb x

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    1. The piggy board makes an appearance practically every time I cook a pork dish for the blog! Irn Bru works really well with pork. The most popular recipe on my blog is for Irn Bru Pulled Pork!

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  3. What a lovely looking pie. Sausages are so versatile aren't they?

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    1. There is something so comforting about a pie and likewise sausages so a Sausage Pie just has to be a winner.

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  4. That is one mighty fine looking pie! I don't use filo pastry enough. I ought to remedy that!

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    1. I love Filo and use it a lot. I tend to think its less calorific that puff or shortcrust but perhaps that's before the oil/butter in the layers!

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  5. It's so good that there's the Red Tractor scheme so people know more about their produce's chain. I love the thought of crispy filo on the pie!

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    1. Absolutely! With so much controversy about food in the media its so important for consumers to have a scheme they can put their trust in.

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  6. Oooh we would love this for a meal. Perfect for the colder evenings x #thefoodcalendar

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  7. Love the idea of using sausages in a pie! This looks lovely.

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  8. That sounds sooo good Claire, I love feta and filo and although we are vegetarian I recon we could sub in a quorn sausgae or 'meat ball' instead. #CookBlogShare
    Angela x

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  9. I'm struggling to image Shortbread & Irn Bru or Strawberries & Champagne sausages - I think I'm going to have to take your word for it that they taste really good! This pie on the other hand sounds absolutely delicious :-)

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