Those of you in the Southern Hemisphere will have noticed that the air is getting a little crisper these days. Colder air means winter sports and warmer food doesn’t it? It does in my foodie world. Enter healthy pastry.
In Australia, winter sports like football, soccer and netball are often associated with spectator fare like meat pies, sausage rolls, hots dogs and hot chips. The thing is, these guys are not exactly bursting with goodness and should really only be a treat food, not every weekend afternoon.
So what is the alternative? The good people over at Legendairy have given me some inspiration for a quick, super easy recipe for healthy pastry that can be used for scrolls, pies or anything that you would like to wrap some pastry around!
Easy Healthy Pastry
1 cup self-raising flour
2/3 cup natural yoghurt
Combine yoghurt and flour and mix together until combined. Knead into a ball and rest for 5-10 minutes.
On a floured bench or board, roll out the pastry in a rectangular shape 30 x 20cm.
Quick Meat Pie Filling:
1 teaspoon of olive oil
1 clove garlic, crushed
250g lean beef mince
1 small onion, diced
1 tablespoon BBQ sauce
1 tsp beef stock powder
2 tsp gravy powder
1 tablespoon water
Heat the oil in a pan and then add garlic, onion, mince, sauce and stock powder. Stir until well-browned and then add combined water and gravy powder. Stir until thickened.
Putting it all together
Spread rolled out healthy pastry with the meat pie filling or your choice of pasta sauce and grated cheese or leftover bolognaise sauce, leaving 2 cm around the edge to avoid oozing (unless of course, you want it to ooze!). Roll from the longest edge, continually until the dough forms a sausage shape and use a little milk to seal the edge.
Cut into 2 cm wide pieces and place face up on a lined baking tray. Sprinkle with grated cheese if desired and bake in a moderate oven for 15 minutes or until golden brown.
You now have a meal made with healthy pastry that is a good source of calcium, is much lower in fat and salt but high on taste. Enjoy!