The Best Sausage Rolls

There are certain family favourite recipes that I have been trying to master since I got married. Not long after I met Tom I heard about his Mum’s sausage rolls which used to just be for Christmas Eve but have become a requested favourite for birthdays, high days and holidays. It was clear that if I was to be a long-term prospect I would need to perfect the sausage rolls.

This is a ‘lazy person’s sausage rolls’ recipe in that it involves bought pastry and basic sausage meat. You could make your own puff pastry (but who has the time?!) and you could use expensive sausage meat or take the meat from gourmet sausages to make it. However, as this is a childhood favourite it has to be made as Mum made it and can’t be too messed about with!

Extensive testing has been done (last Christmas) which proved that the cheaper puff pastry is actually the best one for this recipe – the more expensive all butter one didn’t yield such good results. Happy days for the budget!

Recipe

Makes 24 small or 16 larger sausage rolls

Time needed: 1 hour (max)

Ingredients

  • 1 pack of ready to roll puff pastry
  • 1 pack of pork sausage meat
  • 1 egg (beaten)
  • Salt and pepper
  • Plain flour (for rolling)

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C and line a large tray with baking parchment.
  2. Flour a large clean surface and roll out the puff pastry to form a long, thin rectangle which is a bit thinner than a £1 coin.
  3. Divide up the sausage meat and place it on the pastry forming one long sausage along the centre of the pastry. Try to make it an even thickness all the way along. Season the sausage meat with some extra black pepper.
  4. Brush the beaten egg along the pastry on one side of the sausage meat and the fold the pastry over and press down the edges, making sure the pastry hugs the sausage without leaving an air gap. Crimp the edges with a fork.
  5. Cut the sausage into portions. I made 24 sausage rolls but if you prefer bigger ones you could make 16. Transfer the sausage rolls to the baking tray.
  6. Brush the top of all the rolls with egg wash and then add a small sprinkling of sea salt to the top of each one. Place the tray in the fridge for 20 minutes to chill before baking.
  7. Bake in the pre-heated oven for 20-25 minutes until the pastry is a golden brown. Transfer to a cooling rack and then eat warm or cold.
Rolled out pastry with sausage meat down the centre
Step Three
24 sausage rolls on a baking tray ready to chill in the fridge and then bake
Step Six
24 sausage rolls on a baking tray just out of the oven
Smells good!
Puff pastry home made sausage rolls on a baking tray straight from the oven
Ready for the eating!
Optional Twists

Sometimes I add a sprinkle of chilli flakes to the sausage meat before sealing it with the pastry which adds a little bit of heat (but not too much). You could also add herbs to taste.

 

These sausage rolls were baked for my work team meeting tomorrow (but I have put two in Tom’s packed lunch for work as a treat). As a team we are all based in different locations across the south so we only meet 5 or 6 times a year and we always have a bring and share lunch. Sausage rolls were requested after I made them about 6 months ago, so obviously this family favourite works in lots of contexts. Sausage rolls are for life, not just for Christmas!

 

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