Try homemade sausages for your next barbecue with this recipe for sheftalia, which is usually served as mezze In Cyprus. Top the sausages with parsley, red onion and a generous squeeze of lemon juice and serve with grilled oiled pita bread.
- 1 kg coarsely ground pork leg or neck mince
- 4–5 red onions, coarsely chopped
- 4–5 small bunches parsley, coarsely chopped
- 1 tbsp salt, or to taste
- 1 tbsp cracked black pepper, or to taste
- washed caul fat (see Note)
Oven temperatures are for conventional; if using fan-forced (convection), reduce the temperature by 20˚C. | We use Australian tablespoons and cups: 1 teaspoon equals 5 ml; 1 tablespoon equals 20 ml; 1 cup equals 250 ml. | All herbs are fresh (unless specified) and cups are lightly packed. | All vegetables are medium size and peeled, unless specified. | All eggs are 55-60 g, unless specified.
Place the mince, onion and parsley in a large bowl and use hands to mix until well combined. (There should be equal quantities of mince, onion and parsley, so adjust if necessary.) Add the salt and pepper and combine well.
Lay a piece of caul fat on a chopping board. Roll a large golf-ball piece of mixture into an oval shape and place on a corner of the caul. Roll and tuck in with your fingers – the caul fat should cover the mince one and a half times. Cut the caul fat and repeat with remaining mince mixture.
Place sheftalia close together on a hot (but not too hot) grill. Lightly season with salt. Cook, turning and seasoning with more salt, for 10–15 minutes, or until browned and just cooked through. Do not use flames, and do not turn too often or too early as the fat will stick.
• Caul fat is the thin, fatty and edible membrane surrounding the intestines of an animal. Upon heating, the membrane melts, while still keeping the sausage intact. The butcher should have washed the caul fat, but it’s worth rinsing and soaking it in water again. After soaking in water, drain and soak in vinegar or white wine to remove the smell of blood.