Sicilian Sausage Rolls
The Sicilian sausage roll Tomasini bears little resemblance to the British version apart from the fact that both make a great snack of bread and sausage meat.
The Sicilian sausage rolls Tomasini derive from the southern tip of Sicily made famous by the Inspector Montalbano tv-series. Here in the Baroque cities of Ragusa Ibla, Modica and Scicli, you may stumble over snacks such as arancini, focacce ripiene and tomasini at the local bakeries. Each of the snacks serves as a handheld meal to be enjoyed during a picnic or a long day at the beach.
Like their British counterparts, Sicilian sausage rolls contain sausage meat, but the pizza-type pastry used for tomasini is also filled with cheese and egg to give the snack a balanced nutritional value. On top of great taste of creamy ricotta merged with spicy sausage.
Proper tomasini should be made with authentic Sicilian ingredients like the Ragusano DOP cheese, ricotta Iblea and a fresh Sicilian pork sausage spiced up with fennel seeds. These ingredients are incredibly hard to get by outside the province of Ragusa, so I use substitutes, and still like the result.