RECIPES | These mummified sausage rolls with ajvar are a really cute and tasty recipe to add to your Halloween menu. It is basically a creative take on the classic Serbian combination of cevapcici (skinless sausages) and ajvar (red pepper sauce).
Preparation Time: 15 minutes / Cooking Time: 20-25 minutes / Makes 14 mummies
- 350g jar roasted peppers, drained
- 2 cloves garlic
- 75ml extra virgin olive oil
- 3 sheets puff pastry, cut into 1cm strips
- 14 cevapcici sausages
- 1 egg yolk
- 10ml milk
- 14 pairs of edible eyes
- 14 pieces of dried spaghetti
- Cut each of the sausages into thirds and roll each section into a ball.
- Place a non stick frying pan on a high heat.
- Once the pan is hot, add the sausages to the pan in small batches, cook for 5 minutes per batch making sure the sausages are brown on all sides.
- Place the sausages on a piece of paper towel to drain off any excess oil.
- Thread three pieces of sausages onto a strand dried spaghetti and set aside. Repeat until all sausages have been used.
- Preheat your oven to 200°C fan forced.
- Wrap each sausage with two to three strips of puff pastry and place on a lined baking tray.
- Whisk together the milk and egg yolk and lightly brush this mixture onto the puff pastry on the mummies.
- Bake for 20-25 minutes until the sausages are cooked through and the pastry has browned.
- While the mummies are baking, place the peppers, garlic and olive oil into a blender and blend into a smooth sauce to form the ajvar.
- Once the mummies have cooked place a set of eyes onto each mummy and serve immediately with the ajvar.
Cevapcici is also known as cevapi, it is variety of skinless sausage found in the Balkans. If you do not have access to this variety of sausage you can use your favourite meatball recipe instead.
You can use any variety of edible eyes for this recipe, I created these out of sugar paste which i rolled into two small balls and then used an edible marker to create two small black dots in the center of each eye.