Sausage In Puff Pastry With Madeira Sauce (Saucisson en Croûte)

The reason for making this incredible dish for a dinner party is really quite simple- blow your guests away with a seemingly complex dish that is also relatively easy to make. The original classic recipe, Saucisson en Croûte aux Deux Sauces, actually comes with two sauces, not just the Madeira sauce used here. The second sauce, Beurre Blanc Sauce (butter and cream) has been omitted for good reason; enough-is-enough. It is a show stopper and a worthy appetizer to a fancy roast.

Saucisson en Croûte aux Madeira – Sausage in Puff Pastry with Madeira Sauce

This recipe is a lot easier than it sounds and an incredibly impressive appetizer for a fancy dinner party.
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Course: Appetizer, Lunch
Cuisine: East-Central France, French
Prep Time: 45 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Chilling sausage mix, standing 10 minutes: 2 hours 10 minutes
Total Time: 3 hours 30 minutes
Servings: 6
Author: My Hungry Traveler

Equipment

  • Food processor
  • Bowl, wooden spoon
  • Baking tray
  • Small saucepan, brush

Ingredients

  • 1 lb Boneless lean pork butt, chunked
  • ½ lb Bacon, sliced ½-inch crosswise
  • 2 tsp Salt
  • 1 large Shitake mushroom, diced or 1 small black truffle, if you're feeling it
  • ½ cup Large pistachio nuts, shelled and roasted
  • ¼ cup Brandy If no brandy, double Madeira amount
  • ¼ cup Madeira
  • 1 lb Store-bought puff pastry
  • 1 large Egg yolk mixed with 1 tsp water (for egg wash)
  • 2 cups Strong beef stock
  • 3 tbsp Unsalted European butter

Instructions

  • Combine Pork and Bacon chunks in a food processor and chop coarsely. Add pistachios and pulse a few times to roughly chop.
  • Transfer to bowl. Blend in salt and pepper. Mix in mushrooms, brandy, and Madeira. Blend well with a wooden spoon, cover, and chill several hours or more in the refrigerator.
  • When ready to cook, divide puff pastry into 2 portions on a lightly floured work surface. 1 half should be slightly larger than the other. Roll the smaller piece into a ¼" thick rectangle.
  • Roll meat mixture into a 12" cylinder about 2" thick. Place cylinder in middle of rolled dough.
  • Roll remaining pastry sheet ¼" thick and lay over meat cylinder. Cut away excess pastry leaving just enough to enclose meat (reserve scraps for decorating). Pinch seams together and cut small slashes around sides of pastry. Place cylinder on a baking tray.
  • Preheat oven to 450°F (230°C). While oven heats, form excess pastry into a ball, then roll out to a ¼" sheet. Cut small crescents (or any shape you want, for that matter). Beat egg yolk with water and paint the whole cylinder with it. Arrange cut-outs over top and paint again.
  • Bake until golden brown, about 25 to 35 minutes. Let stand for 10 minutes before slicing into 1" pieces.
  • When Saucisson in in the oven, make sauce by boiling down beef stock from 2 cups to 1½ cups in a small saucepan. Add Madeira and continue boiling down to it's reduced to 1 cup. Turn off heat and whisk in butter slices 1 at a time.
  • Pour a little sauce (around 2 tbsp) on each small serving plate. Overlap 2 slices on top of the sauce. Serve to applause!

Notes

  •  Although a bit extravagant, the original recipe uses chopped black truffle in place of mushrooms and enhances the sauce further by adding 1 tbsp to it.

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