Healthier sweet potato and feta veggie sausage rolls

Sep 12, 2019
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These lighter options are great for bringing to family get-togethers. Source: Getty

It’s no secret sausage rolls are a crowd favourite. But, let’s face it, the crumbly treats aren’t exactly a healthy snack, as they’re often filled with fatty sausage meat. So we’ve replaced the old favourite with a healthier twist! With a tasty mix of sweet potato, chickpeas, baby spinach leaves, salty feta cheese and walnuts, these lighter options are great for bringing to family get-togethers or even dinner with a side of creamy mashed potato. Feel free to add in extra ingredients like grated zucchini or potato if you’re looking to pile in a few more veggies to the mix!

Ingredients

  • 500g sweet potato, peeled, cut into 2cm pieces
  • 100g baby spinach leaves, roughly chopped
  • 400g can chickpeas
  • 1 brown onion, finely chopped
  • 55g (1/2 cup) walnuts
  • 200g smooth feta, crumbled
  • 1/2 tsp finely chopped fresh rosemary
  • Pinch of ground cinnamon
  • 2 sheets frozen puff pastry, just thawed
  • 1 egg, lightly whisked

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 180C. Line 2 baking trays with baking paper.
  2. Arrange the sweet potato and onion, separately on the prepared trays. Bake for 30 to 40 minutes. Set aside to cool.
  3. Meanwhile, roast the walnuts on a small baking tray in the oven for 5 minutes. Set aside to cool. Chop the walnuts. Increase oven to 200C.
  4. Meanwhile, drain the can of chickpeas, reserving the liquid. Add the chickpeas plus 2 tbsp of the liquid from the can to a food processor and pulse to a puree. Set aside.
  5. Place the sweet potato in a large bowl and use a fork to lightly crush. Add the onion, feta, walnut, rosemary, cinnamon and chicken pea puree. Season. Use your hands to mix until evenly combined.
  6. Cut each sheet of pastry in half. Place on quarter of the sweet potato mixture in a log shape along one long edge. Brush the opposite long edge with egg. Roll up to enclose.
  7. Cut each roll into 3 pieces and place seam-side down on the prepared trays. Repeat with the remaining sweet potato mixture and pastry. Brush pastry with egg and bake for 25 minutes.

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