Tummy Delights For Kids – Mushroom And Pork Sausage Rolls
It’s almost school holidays again and moms all over are scrambling for snack ideas and activities to do with kids.
The South African Mushroom Farmers’ Association has shared with me some brilliant recipes for kids. Over the next few weeks, I’ll be sharing these to help moms with school holiday snack ideas.
My Kids Will Never Eat Them
When I talk about mushrooms parents often say, “My kids will never eat them”.
But before you give up, read on because, although mushrooms often seem to be on the “not on my plate” vegetable (right up there with Brussel sprouts) we’ve got good reasons and great ways to get kids to eat them.
Firstly, a great way to add mushrooms…
A selection of studies has found that the meaty taste of mushrooms makes them easy to blend unobtrusively into any minced meat (beef, chicken, lamb, turkey, and even fish work equally well) by chopping them into the same consistency.
Mushrooms then immediately increase the nutritional value of the dish without compromising on the flavour kids would expect from their favourite burger or lasagna or cottage pie.
Secondly, good reasons to add mushrooms…
By blending mushrooms into your favourite meat or fish dishes, you are able to decrease the total calorie intake without losing any of the flavours.
In fact, mushrooms have a rich umami flavour profile that actually enhances and deepens the flavour of the meat naturally whilst adding healthful nutrients such as potassium, b-vitamins, and antioxidants to every bite.
And you will be reducing your sodium intake by 25%! Now that’s great news coming from our favourite superfood.
But as we know the proof is in the pudding (in this case in the blend).
This is what prompted the South African Mushroom Farmers’ Association to develop a range of recipes blending mushrooms into kid-friendly favourites making them an easier and healthier way to dish up delicious options to picky eaters.
Mushroom And Pork Sausage Rolls
Sausage rolls are a favourite of South African children. They’re a great make-ahead snack or lunchbox addition and are the perfect way to get some extra mushrooms into your child’s diet.
Mushroom and Pork Sausage Rolls
- 400 g portabellini mushrooms
- 400 g pork mince
- 1 small onion finely diced
- 4 cloves garlice finely minced
- 1 large egg lightly beaten
- 1 cup breadcrumbs
- ¼ cup parsley finely chopped
- 2 tsp fennel seeds lightly toasted
- salt and pepper to taste
- extra virgin olive oil
- 1 egg for egg wash
- 3 sheets ready rolled puff pastry cut in half
- Preheat the oven to 200°C and line a baking tray with baking paper.
- Using a food processor, pulse the mushrooms until they are very finely chopped.
- In a large saucepan heat a drizzle of olive oil and add the mushrooms. Saute until the mushrooms give off all their water and begin to brown.
- Remove from the heat and set aside in a bowl.
- Heat a fresh drizzle of olive oil in the pan. Saute the onion until soft and then add the garlic. Cook until fragrant.
- Transfer to the bowl of cooked mushrooms and allow to cool.
- Combine the cooled mushroom and onion mix with one egg, breadcrumbs, parsley, and fennel seeds. Season with salt and pepper and mix until well combined.
- Working with one sheet of pastry at a time, spoon some filling along one long edge.
- Brush the opposite edge of a pastry with the egg wash.
- Roll up to form a sausage. Press the pastry together to secure.
- Repeat with the remaining mixture and pastry,
- Brush the top of each roll with egg.
- Cut eat roll into approximately 5cm long segments.
- Place onto a lined baking tray with the pastry seam side down.
- Bake for 30 minutes or until the pastry is golden and filling is cooked through.
- Serve with tomato sauce for dipping.
For more mushroom recipes and inspiration head over to the RECIPE section.
DISCLAIMER: This post was sponsored by The South African Mushroom Farmers’ Association. The South African Mushroom Farmers’ Association provided me with this recipe and associated images. All thoughts and opinions expressed herein are my own and not influenced by the developing company, and/or its affiliates, in any way. The fact is, I’m crazy about mushrooms, and want to shout it from the rooftops anyway.