Sausage Rolls

Wednesday 10 June 2015

Sausage Rolls


Sausage rolls are very popular over here in the UK.   You will see them for sale in all of the bake shops and cafes and of course at most pot lucks/parties, etc.  there is usually the obligatory tray of sausage rolls to feast on. 

 People really like them.  Myself, I am not overly fond of shop bought sausage rolls.  

There's usually a too high pastry to sausage meat ration on them, and more often than not they seem to  use cheap and nasty sausage meat in them.   I can't abide cheap and nasty sausage meat!  It's pasty and fatty and just ugh . . .

Sausage Rolls

That's  not a problem when you make your own Sausage Rolls however!  You can make sure that there is more meat than pastry, and you can make sure that the meat used is quality!  

I first had these at my friend Joy's about ten years ago when Todd and I popped down to South Wales for a weekend visit.   Joy had made these for lunch and they were absolutely fabulous!

 Sausage Rolls

Delicious and meaty with just the right proportions of meat and pasty, they are also very easy to make.  

Probably a lot easier than you think . . .  especially if you use ready made puff pastry!

Sausage Rolls

You simply mix raw sausage meat (removed from the casings) with some chopped onion, bread crumbs and an egg.  

You will want to use a nice spicy sausage, or at least I do. Cumberland are my favourite!  

Then once you have the meat mixed together, you just shape the mixture into logs, roll it up in the pastry, cut, glaze and bake in the oven.  Easy peasy!

Sausage Rolls

The egg glaze gives them a really lovely colour.   They are great served warm or cold or at room temperature.

They are perfect for parties, or for picnics or even to pop into lunch boxes.  They also freeze very well.

 Sausage Rolls

I hope you will give them a go!  

If you want to really make sure you have a lovely flavoured sausage meat, why not make your own?  I tell you how here.  It's really simple.

Sausage Rolls

*Joy's Sausage Rolls*
Makes a dozen

This is my friend Joy's recipe for sausage rolls.  My husband and I first had them when we visited Joy and her lovely husband Simon about 10 years or so ago now.   They were delicious and I just had to have the recipe!  Simple to make also. Great hot or cold, which makes them perfect for picnics and school lunches!  

500g sausage meat,coarse ground (a generous pound)
1 large onion,peeled and finely chopped
1 large free range egg, beaten and divided
90g of fine dry bread crumbs (3/4 cup)
salt and pepper to taste
500g of ready made ready roll puff pastry (a generous pound)  

Sausage Rolls 

Preheat the oven to 220*C/425*F/ gas mark 7.  Line a large baking tray with baking parchment.
Place the sausage meat in a bowl.   Add 1/2 of the beaten egg, the onions and the bread crumbs.  Mix well together with your hands to combine.

Roll the pastry out  just a tiny bit thinner than it comes out of the package.   Cut into three equal strips, crosswise.  Divide the sausage meat into thirds.  

Shape each third into a log the length of the strip of pastry, by rolling it between your hands a bit.  Place it down the centre of the pastry strip. Brush one long edge of each pastry strip with some of the remaining beaten egg.  

Roll the pastry up over the meat to cover, allowing it to overlap.  Press gently closed, turn over and flatten slightly with your hands.  Cut each strip into four evenly sized pieces.  

Place them evenly spaced on the prepared baking sheet.  Brush the tops with the remaining beaten egg and then snip a couple of times with a pair of kitchen scissors to vent.

Cook in the preheated oven for 15 to 20 minutes until golden brown and cooked through.  Delicious!


  1. Love rolls too Marie!
    These look delicious!!

  2. Thanks Gloria! They always go down a real treat! xoxo

  3. Realmente, son fantásticos estos rollos de hojaldre rellenos de salchicha. Ahora mismo sería capaz de comerme un par de ellos con una humeante taza de té.
    Un saludo,

    1. sí, éstos serían perfectos con té caliente o incluso un buen vino! (Sorry, had to use Google translate!)

  4. Creo que bajarían así cualquier momento con cualquier bebida! Hola Mar! (I used Google translate also and it probably came out sounding wierd!)

    Thanks Kip!!!

  5. I love, love, love sausage rolls and miss them terribly. These look good enough for me to hop on a plane and scoff them all! Would you believe that they don't sell sausage meat here :(

    And "sausages" are only flavoured frankfurter types of things. I can't tell you how disappointed I was to buy something labelled as chorizio, to find it a precooked hotdog type of sausage. I'll just have to lick the screen I guess...

  6. Marie! Since you don't use the skins from the sausage meat in this recipe, but only the filling, why not make your own sausage meat from scratch? There are lots of tasty recipes out there that you could use to make your own mix using ground pork and a variety of seasonings! Seriously that is what I would do and I am betting they would be ab fab! xoxo

  7. My husband is English living in New England now and longs of Thomas the Bakers Sausage rolls. I would love to surprise him this Thanksgiving, is this similar? I've only had them once, years ago and don't remember their being bread crumbs in them.

    1. You don't notice the bread crumbs Molly, they are like a kind of filler to hold the meat together and bind with the egg and onion. Do make sure you mince the onion very fine. You don't want big chunks. I Hope he enjoys them! Happy Thanksgiving! xo

    2. Thanks Marie!! Happy Holidays!

  8. Made these today. Your directions were easy to follow. This was a quickly made treat. Thank uou.


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