Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Pigs In Blankets

Nigella Lawyson's Pigs In Blanket

My Pigs In Blanket

One of the reasons why I love reading Nigella's cookbooks and watching her show, is how she makes everything seem so effortless, and so human. Not to mention the doses of wit thrown in sometimes. And who on earth cooks in their nighty, with perfectly manicured nails and coiffured hair???

Anyway, this recipe is from Nigella Bites, and I happened to catch it on TV as well. So, last friday, I decided to be adventurous and try this instead of the normal sausage rolls, for my Cell Group. Unlike her, I didn't use pigs, but chicken, but somehow, chickens in blankets doesn't have quite that same ring.


3 cups self raising flour, 1 heaped teaspoon salt
1 cup grated cheddar cheese
1 egg & 1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 cup milk

Pigs : Cocktail franks, or in this case, ayamas sausages hacked into two

Mix the sifted flour with the grated cheddar. Mix the egg, oil and milk together, and dump into the flour cheese mixture and stir until you can a cohesive dough. Add more flour if necessary.

Roll out any which way you want, but not too thick, because, (and this is one of my all time favourite Nigella phrases), these ARE pigs in BLANKETS, not pigs in DUVETS.... roughly cut out into rectangles or rough squares.

Roll up the franks/sausages at a diagonal, and glaze with egg & milk solution. Bake in 220C oven for 10 minutes or so until brown.

Actually, tastewise, its nothing to shout about, as I personally prefer buttery flaky pastry, and this one, devoid of butter, tastes a bit too healthy, but when served warm, it's not too bad. I'd recommend tweaking the blankets with some butter, for a quick pastry fix. And its really fast to make, so if your audience are not so discerning, or are mainly kids, its much cheaper than using pampas puff pastry.


flower said...

I love Nigella too because she is so normal. She always emphasise that she is not a chef but a normal cook. Same like me lah but still not as good as her lor.

Yesterday for my son's lunch box, I make a sausage bun. Sausage wrap in bread dough. But it looks like your Pig in the Blanket too. Maybe I'll try this one coz my son loves sausages. Sausage rolls is as famous as meat pie here in Perth.

fatboybakes said...

i used to lurve aussie meat pies when i was a student (in sydney) and during my first trip there after graduation, after 5 years, the first thing i did when i arrived was to get a meat pie. after the first bite, i went, "EUGHHHHHH, dont tell me THIS is what i've been eating all those years!". heh heh... i guess our tastes do evolve over the years.

boo_licious said...

eh, I thot u love Nigella becoz of her generous bosom! Most guys call her the food porn queen.

Sven said...

Good Job! :)