My mum and I used to work in the same office (rather, she got me a job at her office fresh out of high school) and every Friday on our commute we would stop for bagels. I looked forward to it all week, no doubt because it also fell on a Friday, and that first drift of yeasty garlic & onion wafting from my Everything Bagel was enough to weaken my knees.
I read about Trader Joe‘s Everything but the Bagel spice on Real Simple recently and instantly felt my mouth start to water. It had been a while since I’d thought about that perfect savory blend of spices. I thought to myself longingly that I wished we had a Trader Joe’s in Ottawa so I, too, could be sprinkling the mixture all willy-nilly on veggies, toast, avocado, fish….. what wouldn’t benefit from a dusting of everything spice? And whyyyyy not just make it myself, you ask? You’re exactly right – why not? It’s easy to make, fun to adjust to your own taste, and makes a great addition to so many dishes. So off I went sprinkling and mixing and eating everything with everything spice.
Last week, as I was enduring another ever-present sausage roll craving and pondering my plan of attack for them, the jar of spice eyed me from the kitchen querying, once again, why not? The resulting rough puff pastry flecked with crunchy bits of garlic, onion, poppy & toasted sesame seeds is TO DIE FOR, as you can imagine. But the flavour they add to the final sausage roll is so much more! If you’re not into meat, a cheddar and spinach filling would be insanely good. Or a mushroom/cheddar/spinach filling. Or cream cheese! The possibilities are truly endless and there are few ingredients that wouldn’t be just a wee bit better from a warm embrace by a flaky, fragrant pastry. Just remember to ask yourself… why not?
Everything Bagel Rough Puff & Spinach/Sausage Rolls
makes 1 dozen sausage rolls
I use sausage from a local shop here so feel free to use whatever you like best. My favourite is something simple with fennel and some red pepper flake. As well, I cut my rolls a little too small here so I’ve adjusted the recipe for thicker bites.
- 1 cup unsalted butter, grated
- 2 1/4 cups unbleached all purpose flour
- 1 tsp salt
- 3 tbsp Everything Bagel spice, recipe follows
- 8-10 tbsp ice water
- 1 lb fresh pork sausage meat
- 1/2 cup frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed until all the liquid is drained
- 1 egg