Between the vegan sausage and the pastry sheets, it has little chance of being chosen as the poster dish for a healthy, plant-based diet, but it sure makes one hell of an occasional treat -- particularly when you are in the mood for a hearty meal. It's awesome served with mashed potatoes, and we usually add a green vegetable to the plate so we don't feel quite so guilty about indulging in this savory bit of goodness.
This is a very simple dish to make and has just a few ingredients.
Vegan Irish Sausage Plait Recipe
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Here's what you need:
1 package of Pepperidge Farm Puff Pastry Sheets (or make your own, if you are all fancy like that)
1 package of GimmeLean vegan sausage (or, again, you can get all fancy and make your own)
1/2 cup chopped onion
2 to 3 tablespoons of basil (depending on how much you like basil - I use three)
1 1/2 teaspoons minced garlic
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
You might feel like you need to add salt to this mix, but if you are using a commercial vegan sausage, that will add enough of a salty flavor -- and we don't really need to add even more sodium.
1. Thaw puff pastry sheets. This usually takes about 40 minutes. If you cheat and use the microwave, be very careful not to thaw them too much and too quickly. It's not pretty. (Yes, I'm speaking from experience.)
2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
3. Chop your onion, and mince your garlic.
4. Combine the vegan sausage substitute, onion, garlic, basil and black pepper in a mixing bowl. You can use your hands or a fork, but it's a bit sticky and difficult to effectively mix, so I like using my trusty hand-held pastry blender, which I use for just about everything except -- of course -- blending pastry dough.
6. Place your puff pastry sheets on the baking sheet, open them (they will come out of the package folded in thirds) and cut the two sides into slits that are about one inch wide. If you plan to make a more intricate design, you can cut them thinner. If the seams start to separate a bit, just wet your fingers with a bit of water, and you can push the dough back together.
If you try this easy vegan sausage pastry recipe, come back and tell me how it went!