October 31, 2015

Severed Sausage Roll Fingers

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There I was innocently sitting at an awards dinner, proudly admiring a most unexpected win for ‘Best Functions & Events‘, when this guy comes up to me, “YOU!”, he says waving his chubby finger aggressively in my face. “Yoooooou quinoa (he pronounced it Qu-IN-A #idiot) kale eating food hobbyists, with your hoity toity cupcake blogs, are the reason I won’t get a chance to eat at the Sydney popup restaurant NOMA’.     

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Alrighty then Mr. Ignoramus….. one Tony Soprano ‘WOAH‘ and it’s game on!

“I’ll have you know I’m a qualified chef with almost 20 years experience in the hospitality industry, many of my friends are those people who prepare the food and drink you consume, sure I’m fascinated by food fads, (PS: ‘Get with the times ol’ mate…. superfood breakfast salads seasoned with the tears of a mythical unicorn, cronuts & freak shakes are what we are all talking about now’).  “Health and nutrition, and food travel make me giddy with excitement, but my love of all things food isn’t the reason you can’t and hopefully won’t (or didn’t by the time this post goes live) get a reservation at this much awaited food experience!”  

I straighten my skirt, turn with a sassy hair flick and hope with all my might, that he picks up my distaste of his ignorance and reads the visions of a samurai slicing his judgy little fat finger right off. 

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Tweet the world (and ME) about what food trend you have loved most this year?

Severed sausage roll fingers with blood red fingernails, sounds appetising huh? Are a twist on the traditional pigs in a blanket. These delicious digits are simple to prepare, they look gruesome on a Halloween or Friday the 13th appetiser platter and they are quick and easy and took less than half an hour to prepare. 

Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time:  20 minutes

  • 200g pork mince
  • 1/2 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 1 tablespoons chopped parsley
  • Salt & freshly ground pepper
  • 1 eggs
  • 2 sheets frozen short crust pastry, semi thawed
  • 1 heaped teaspoon cornflour
  • Red food colouring

Step 1: Preheat oven to 200Β°C. Line 2 baking trays with baking paper. Combine the onion, garlic, & parsley with the pork mince and season accordingly.

Step 2: Cut short crust pastry in half and quarter the halves.

Step 3: Add 1 heaped table spoon of mince mixture to each quarter.

Step 4: Beat egg and brush edges.

Step 5: Roll up to enclose filling. Shape 1 end of roll to form a pointy finger. Leave other end of roll open. Place on trays, seam side down. Brush with egg and apply whole almond for the finger nails.

Step 6: Bake for 15 mins, reduce heat to 180Β°C, and cook for 5 minutes until golden.

Step 7: To finish, prepare red corn starch mixture and apply to severed end of roll and paint the almond nails.

You don’t have to turn your sausage rolls into severed sausage roll fingers, just forget the pastry tucking in bit, omit the almond and evenly slash down the length of the roll, and you’ll have perfectly normal non-spooky sausage rolls. 

I’d love to know, do you wear your foodie badge with pride? And what food trend have you loved most this year?

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shenANNAgans is Anna Johnston, a 30 - something Aussie gal with an unwavering passion for the Hospitality industry. I love the quirky and unusual, designing events, travelling far and wide and eating food from all around the world. I am coffee blooded, a craft beer enthusiast, wine drinking yogi who enjoys writing about her adventures.

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Jasline (Foodie Baker) - November 9, 2015 Reply

Happy belated Halloween! These “severed fingers” really gave me the creeps, they look so real!

    Anna - November 9, 2015 Reply

    Happy belated Halloween back at chya lady! Hope you had fun (where ever you were in the world).
    The fingers really turned out marvelously, most pleased I am.

Hannah - November 5, 2015 Reply

I can’t believe some random would just do that!

I am a coffee snob through and through.
I think it’s why I drink so tittle of it.
If it’s not fabulously delicious it’s not for me!

Those sausage rolls were however fabulously delicious and I wish there were more!

    Anna - November 6, 2015 Reply

    Yep, it was rather rude and really ridiculous!
    I’m surprised you say you are a coffee snob, in all the years I’ve known you, Ive only see you drink maybe 3.
    Glad ya enjoyed the sausage rolls, they turned out pretty darn good. I impressed myself with them. πŸ™‚

      Hannah - November 11, 2015 Reply

      Well that has to do with the snobbery…
      I basically just stopped drinking coffee when I moved to Canberra because I couldn’t find anywhere that made it right.
      Now lots of places make it really well but I’ve gotten used to not drinking it…

John/Kitchen Riffs - November 5, 2015 Reply

BEST finger food ever. πŸ™‚ Very creative. And really, really good, I suspect. Fun post — thanks.

    Anna - November 5, 2015 Reply

    Oh they went down a treat with my colleagues, that’s for sure. They didn’t even heat them up. πŸ™‚
    Glad you enjoyed, and thanks for the lovely comment. You rock John!

The Hungry Mum - November 4, 2015 Reply

Oh Anna, my tummy is lurching at these gory snacks! I’ve promised my gals a Halloween party next year so these will be on the menu πŸ™‚

    Anna - November 4, 2015 Reply

    Haha! I am loving the reaction peeps are having to these severed finger rolls. πŸ™‚
    AWESOME you are having a Halloween party next year, they inspired me to plan one too.

Agness - November 4, 2015 Reply

They look freakin’ real and scary!!! Well done!! πŸ™‚

    Anna - November 4, 2015 Reply

    Thanks heaps Agness! I was really impressed with how they turned out. Once you got over the grossness, they tasted soooooo good.

Amy (Savory Moments) - November 4, 2015 Reply

Oh my goodness – these are GREAT! Pinning for next Halloween!

    Anna - November 4, 2015 Reply

    AWESOME! Made my day with that comment Amy. Thanks heaps. πŸ™‚

Tandy | Lavender and Lime - November 2, 2015 Reply

I am not really into food trends, but I do wear my foodie badge with pride. Those fingers look so real πŸ™‚

    Anna - November 3, 2015 Reply

    I totally get the not being in on food trends, I seem to accidentally find myself enjoying them, although the freak shakes…. didnt like them at all. Bleh!

Ala - November 2, 2015 Reply

hahahahhaha GIRL, I was cracking up over this post. You flip that hair and show that saucy man who’s boss! I was totally hoping you’d end up circling back to the bloody fingers after that story, and you did it magnificently. Brava, girl. BRAVA.

    Anna - November 2, 2015 Reply

    Teehee! I am so pleased you got a giggle out of the post. πŸ™‚ I really did impress myself with my high levels of sass, and pleased I shut ol mate down in the process.
    Hope you had a super fun and happy Halloween sweet Ala.

Susan - November 2, 2015 Reply

One of my favourite things is to find you cooking up a treat in the kitchen, but, sheeeshhh…. not this time… they looked so darn…. real πŸ™ Can’t get the image out of my mind that you snipped off that cranky ignorant chefs fingers…. ALL of ’em πŸ™‚ These fingers might look gruesomley real but kinda cool at the same time.

    Anna - November 2, 2015 Reply

    That is totes the best thing ever, I totally nailed the gruesome and goriness of a severed finger then. WINNING!
    Hahaha… Dang straight!!! That will show him waving his chubby, judgmental finger in my face.
    Glad you appreciated them, you missed out because they were delicious. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

Kris - November 2, 2015 Reply

Holy wow. Scary fingers. πŸ™‚ They would make an excellent treat for any Halloween party. Awesome.

    Anna - November 2, 2015 Reply

    They sure did turn out pretty ace, I was most pleased when I presented them to the fam and was met with ‘Ewwwwh, that’s gross, Im not eating that!’. Recipe WIN!!!
    I’m going to request the chefs serve these at the OzHarvest ‘Spooky’ trivia night on Friday the 13th. πŸ™‚ Inexpensive and totes on theme.

Beck - November 2, 2015 Reply

These look fabulous Anna, as in so realistic I think I’d be scared to eat them! Good to know you can also make the normal version πŸ™‚

    Anna - November 2, 2015 Reply

    They really turned out a treat, a bit to gruesome for most, my family wouldn’t touch them. Ha! πŸ™‚
    The normal version is so darn simple, I’m pleased the sausage roll fad stuck around, they are great to whip up as a last minute afternoon eat. Yarm!

My Inner Chick - November 2, 2015 Reply

Holy Poop, those are incredibly scary!!! WOWWWW.

    Anna - November 2, 2015 Reply

    I absolutely love your comments Kim. Haha! That’s what my Momma said too. πŸ™‚

Lisa | Mummy Made.It - November 1, 2015 Reply

Doesn’t he know that kale is sooooo 2014. Everything is now spliced with Coconut Oil (or your mythical unicorn!!!).
These sausage rolls are so gross- but that’s the point! The kids would love them.

    Anna - November 2, 2015 Reply

    Hahaha…. I only wish I added a *snap-snap-snap* about all the things he was wrong about. I am right in on the latest trends, my shopping list on the weekend had 3 different forms of coconut. LOL!
    The sausage rolls worked out amazingly, just the perfect amount of gross, the kids (big kids too) love them. πŸ™‚

Mabel Kwong - November 1, 2015 Reply

That wasn’t too nice of the guy to say what he said to you. I’m glad you didn’t take offense; he probably misunderstood. And glad you stood up for yourself, big sis! Congratulations on your award. Well deserved for a gal in hospitality who works so hard at what she does, and has done so for so many years πŸ™‚

Food fads…I’m not one to follow food fadsd and have never tried one. But I do think it’s interesting they are popping up left right and centre. Whether we like it or not, they still are different ways of eating and nourishment for the body. Lately I’ve taken a liking to green juices and have them twice a week.

As for the sausage rolls, they look spooky! They look like massive chubby fingers and I’m sure if you put them in front of some kids, they will run the other way πŸ˜€ Hope you’ve been well, Miss Anna! Lots of love to you for this week <3

    Anna - November 2, 2015 Reply

    It wasn’t very nice, and really unwarranted having a go at someone, especially over something as ridiculous as a reservation to a restaurant. #stoopid I came back for all food bloggers I think, I’m not normally that cool. πŸ™‚

    Thanks for the congrats, it was/is really cool, I am sooooooo pleased and lucky to work with such a great team of peeps.

    You made me smile, the green juices were/are a food fad, a good one, but still a food fad. I am happy you are getting some good food and nutrients into you, it’s important you keep doing that little sis. What are you juicing? I’ll send you over a list of great juice recipes that go off in my household.

    Yeah, I showed my Mom and she cringed and walked away, bit too gruesome for her liking. πŸ™‚ I am well little one, doing much better I am. Hope you are well too. Lots of love and hugs and sunshine, sparkles and rainbows headed your way. xoxo

      Mabel Kwong - November 8, 2015 Reply

      Keep blogging and doing what you do, Anna. Sometimes people let jealously get the better of them and we can’t really do anything about it. Perhaps one day they will come round and when they do, we will all shake hands and make peace πŸ™‚

      At the moment I’m buying bottles of juice from The Juice Lab. Their Gimme Green juice (http://www.thejuicelab.com.au/our-products/#gimme-green) is going down well with me as it’s the first juice I’ve had that’s not overly acidic and sour for me. Pear, spinach, kale, cucumber are some things that go into it… I still think that fresh is best, though, but I don’t have a blender at home yet. But ever since I started drinking this juice a couple of times a week, my nose isn’t sniffly anymore πŸ˜€

      Hope you are well, Big Sis. Sorry for the late reply. Been a busy few weeks and trying to get my life together πŸ˜€

        Anna - November 9, 2015 Reply

        Oooooh I will little one, I get a lot of joy out of writing and cooking/baking and sharing my story. πŸ™‚ Thanks for being so supportive, I love that I have been lucky enough to connect with like minded folk like you. *HUG
        Cool re The Juice Lab, we have them or something similar here. I hear good things about their product. Glad you are enjoying it too, that combination of flavours sounds great, and VERY healthy. And how awesome you dont have the sniffles anymore, crazy how food affects our bodies huh?
        I am well!!! On the countdown to Christmas now, got nearly 3 weeks off over Christmas. Yay!
        Big loves and happy week ahead to you. xo

Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella - November 1, 2015 Reply

Oops presed submit too soon. I have to say that these severed finger sausage rolls are SO Creative and fun!

    Anna - November 2, 2015 Reply

    For years I have admired your AMAZING Halloween creations, you were/are my inspiration Lorraine. πŸ™‚ Massive smiles you dig them.

Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella - November 1, 2015 Reply

He sounds like a lunatic! How can he say that you are the reason he isn’t dining there? Geez some people need to get a grip!

    Anna - November 2, 2015 Reply

    I totally agree, I was blown away! The worst thing about this little encounter was ol mate was a chef. It seems crazy to not have an appreciation for what a food blogger can do for them, and their foods. Anyways, I think I made him feel sufficiently stupid.

Liz - November 1, 2015 Reply

Sheesh, what a hot-head! I’d wave one of these ghoulish fingers in HIS face! These sound so yummy (better than the hot dog centric pigs in a blanket around here)—and perfectly decked out for Halloween!

    Anna - November 2, 2015 Reply

    Yeah, he was a very rude man, but I stood my ground and fought back not, only for me, but for all food bloggers. It’s ridiculous that we even had the conversation.

    Yes, the hot dog fingers don’t look as gruesome. But they seem popular, many of my fave bloggers have shared their hot dog finger recipes. Hope you had a happy Halloween weekend.

Elizabeth - November 1, 2015 Reply

Seriously Anna, they are terrible, so much so every kid I know would want to eat one… It made me feel a little quezzy though πŸ™‚ thanks for sharing, it think!!!! LOL! Liz xxx

    Anna - November 2, 2015 Reply

    You are absolutely welcome, stop by anytime for a little grossness (sorry about the queasiness). πŸ™‚ My family were not up for the challenge, but my colleagues woofed them down, cold too. Hope you are back to good health my friend. Big hugs and loves headed your way. xo

Liz Posmyk (Good Things) - November 1, 2015 Reply


    Anna - November 2, 2015 Reply

    Teehee! Says it all lovely Lizzy! πŸ™‚

Krista - November 1, 2015 Reply

What an appallingly rude man! Good for you setting him straight and leaving his odious company. These fingers are horribly marvelous. πŸ™‚

    Anna - November 2, 2015 Reply

    He was a right *bleep, that’s for sure. But I had a win and totes impressed myself with all that sass, normally shock and silence would be my response.
    The fingers turned out a treat, most chuffed I am. πŸ™‚

Rachel (Rachel's Kitchenn NZ) - November 1, 2015 Reply

I love these – Anna – almost as much as your response to the abuser:-)

    Anna - November 2, 2015 Reply

    Why thank ya Rachel. πŸ™‚ Times like that, I wish I was a vlogger to catch my awesomeness on film. LOL!

hassan - November 1, 2015 Reply

We love them Anna.

    Anna - November 2, 2015 Reply

    Awesome! I am so pleased. πŸ™‚

Bam's Kitchen - November 1, 2015 Reply

Anna, this looks real…! Happy Halloween to you. I did not have 1 trick or treater here in Hong Kong, of course.. LOL You are so creative girl! Just pinned

    Anna - November 2, 2015 Reply

    Happy (belated) Halloween to you too sweets. πŸ™‚ We didn’t get any trick or treaters in my neck of the woods either. But, I did see an increase in Halloween parties, which I think is super.
    Thank you, you are too kind. xo Have a fabulous week. xox

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