Pork Sausage Rolls

Sausage rolls aren’t popular in the United States.  In fact let me re-phrase that, “sausage rolls aren’t available in the United States”, well most of the United States anyway :).  You might find them in some British pubs or restaurants, but for the most part, I don’t believe they are favored here.  The British have claimed sausage rolls as their own, even though the concept of ground meat wrapped around puff pastry is common in every cuisine…. think samosas in India, empanadas in Spain, pierogis in Poland and the list goes on.

Each time I visit my family across the pond, my visit is not complete if I don’t indulge in a few of these.  I had never made sausage rolls before (I can’t think why not), but I set about trying to change that this past week.  I served these as an appetizer over Thanksgiving.  Here are the steps, followed by the recipe.

 

IMG_5917Prepping the vegetables – sage, onion, garlic, parsley, bacon

IMG_5927Bringing the ingredients together in a food processor

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Ingredients

  1. 1 lb pork sausage meat
  2. 2 strips bacon, finely chopped
  3. 1 onion, finely chopped
  4. 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  5. 2 teaspoons thyme leaves, finely chopped
  6. 5 sage leaves, finely chopped
  7. 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  8. good grinding of black pepper
  9. sea salt to taste
  10. 1 teaspoon prepared English mustard
  11. Ready-made all butter puff pastry
  12. 1 egg, beaten

I used a food processor to bring the above ingredients together.  I rolled out the puff pastry just a bit, laid the sausage meat on the short side of the pastry, lifted and rolled the pastry just before it touched the other end and brushed some egg across the edge.  Rolled it over fully, then cut out the filled log with a sharp knife.  Continued until all the meat was used.  Make sure the logs are sitting seam side down, brush the top with the egg wash, then bake at 400deg for about 15 minutes till brown.

These were definitely a hit! I’ll be making these again for sure, but will probably change up the ingredients a bit.

Bringing these sausage rolls along to Angie’s Fiesta Friday #96.

 

40 comments

    1. Aww thanks Julie, I’m a tad late arriving at the Fiesta, but like everyone else, it was a busy and enjoyable Thanksgiving. I hope yours was too. I don’t know if you’ve tried these before, but they are very popular in the UK, Mr. Fitz is forever making sausage rolls in all kinds of spices, it is pretty versatile that way. Now off to check the other offerings. Have a great week 🙂

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  1. Great great appetizer, well I could eat them for dinner as well. I have had sort of a sausage roll before, a calzone with sausage meat in it. I do like yours though with a flaky or puff pastry rather than a pizza dough. Perfect for a party and I imagine you could use any kind of sausage meat. Am thinking that using both sweet and hot sausage would be relish!!

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  2. What a great appetizer Loretta! I could make a meal out of these.Do you think I could make these with ground chicken? I love the combination of flavors and the contrast with the crispy puff pastry!
    So yummy and perfect for the party season!

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    1. Yes, I’m sure you can use ground chicken or turkey, but it does well with a bit of fat I guess. The next time, I’ll use some Indian spices, maybe a spoon of green masala, you can do anything with these really.

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  3. You’re right, I can’t remember if I’ve ever seen sausage rolls sold here. Maybe in some specialty stores? What a shame since they’re so delicious. When we were in Holland a few years ago we had our fill of saucijzenbroodjes, similar to these I think. They look so good, Loretta! 🙂

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    1. Thanks Nandini, I’ll bet if you put some Goa sausage in it, it would be even better :). Thanksgiving was wonderful, I hope yours was too. Now for the “kunswar” :). Just kidding, I’ve never really made Goan sweets, except fruit cake of course, but that’s not really Goan is it? 🙂

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      1. I just soaked my dry fruits last week after seeing Freda’s post. I am going to give it a try for the first time. Keeping my fingers crossed 🙂 Only in the last 3 years I have tried to make couple of the Goan sweet since my kids are a little bigger so they get to know about Goan culture.

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  4. Classic Christmas party food in England that I always miss, although my Mom doesn’t like them!! It’s ok, she doesn’t like Pork Pies or Scotch Eggs either–she’s not really English!! Anyway, I have found them in some specialty food stores in the freezer section. it was in DC suburbs but maybe at Whole Foods in Glen Mills?

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    1. Ha ha and your Mum claims she’s English? I remember when we first moved to England, pork pies were my weakness, then I found out what went into them, and I’ve stayed away since :). Love cornish pasties too. I was at Wegmans the other day, and they have a whole aisle of British foods, but I wasn’t looking for sausage rolls then, and now I’ll be making them more often. I hope you and your family had a good Thanksgiving. I’ll try to stop by one of these days to see your Mum and Dad before Christmas. It was so great to see them both at the cabaret, we missed you though.

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  5. Pierogis, empanadas, samosa, I love them all. And don’t forget knishes. These sausage rolls look delicious and I have no doubt I would love them as well. I’ve not yet had the opportunity, but have only read about sausage rolls in Rumpole of the Bailey stories.

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    1. Ha ha, yes, you’re going to have to remedy that soon… not just read about them in Rumpole :). The next time you visit Canada, you’ll have to be on the hunt for sausage rolls, as they have them there too. Imagine a nice cuppa and a sausage roll or 3. 🙂

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    1. Yup, there’s the Aussie who knows what sausage rolls are about. Funny when I post certain things that are not popular in the USA, the Canadians, British and Aussie friends pop up :)). They would go down real well with a nice cuppa wouldn’t they?

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  6. Loretta, These sausage rolls are so cute. I like the fact that you made the filling yourself rather than using store bought sausages. I have a French friend who makes these with croissant dough and they are very good, but I prefer using puff pastry as your recipe calls for. Yum! 🙂

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