Recipe: Cheesy sausage tarts - for kids (young and old)

Today's recipe is one that I wrote for the Australian online business Lunch Boxes With Love.  If you're looking for some fun ways to dress up your kids lunches then have a look at their site.  Their products have been known to turn around fussy eaters into great eaters!

Cheesy sausage tarts

These are great in kids’ lunchboxes or for an afternoon snack, and they’d be perfect at a birthday party too.  They’re quick and easy to make so double the quantities if you have two muffin trays.

1 sheet puff pastry, thawed
5 small beef chipolata sausages (not spicy), cut in half
1-2 tablesp (20-40ml) pizza sauce (or tomato paste)
½ cup grated cheddar cheese

Optional extras:
5 cherry tomatoes, cut in quarters
2-3 mushrooms, roughly chopped

Preheat oven to 200C (400F) and spray a regular muffin tray with oil spray or non-stick spray.

Place the sausage pieces on a small tray and bake for 5 mins in the oven while the pastry is defrosting (they only need to be partly cooked as they’ll finish cooking in the tartlets).

Cut the pastry into nine squares then press each square into a muffin hole. Dollop some pizza sauce (approx ½ teasp) in the middle of the puff pastry then place a piece of sausage on the pizza sauce.  (Optional: add two pieces of cherry tomato and a couple of pieces of chopped mushroom to the muffin hole).  Top with grated cheese.

Bake in oven for 20-25 mins or until the pastry is puffed up and the sausages are cooked through.  Remove from oven and allow to cool.

Freeze:  When they are cool store them in a ziplock bag or plastic container in the freezer.

Defrost:  Place one or two in the lunchbox and they will defrost by lunchtime

Reheat:  You could reheat these if you want to serve them for afternoon tea or at a party – place in 200C oven for about 7 mins or until heated through. 

Serve:  If serving at a party, you may like to dollop some tomato sauce (ketchup) on top.

Makes: 9 tartlets