Homemade Sausage Rolls
Homemade Sausage Rolls are a British dietary staple and convenience food that are usually enjoyed as a snack, in miniature form for buffet and party food, or served as a meal with fresh peas and chips.
The great British sausage roll is the most popular grab-and-go foods in the U.K. Sold by every pastry shop on every high street and when you get the right flaky pastry with the most delicious pork filling, there’s nothing like it.
Flaky, crispy pastry and good pork sausages are the key to really good sausage rolls. See more below on this.
As well as being an on-the-go meal or snack, they are also so served as a meal with the standard British sides of fresh or mushy peas (recipe below) and chips (French fries).
There are a few things involved in achieving the best sausage rolls and I’m going to tell you how to make sausage rolls from scratch.
Any good sausage roll starts with really good filling. I like to use a good pork sausage meat in place of plain ground pork because there is already a lot of flavor in the sausage meat and therefore you don’t have to add too many additional ingredients, just simply seasoned with onion and fresh sage.
Pastry for Sausage Rolls
My flaky, buttery pastry recipe is my go-to dough that I use for all of my baked dishes including minced beef and onion pies. The pastry gives you the satisfying crispy texture that you come to expect with a good sausage roll and it’s the first texture you experience when you take the first bite so it’s need to be fluffy and crispy.
Don’t give me a flat, deflated roll; they don’t look appetizing at all. It is called a ‘roll’ after all and not a ‘flat’. I want it standing to attention and ready to be eaten and eating these rolls, most of all give me the feeling of being back home.
Freezing Sausage Rolls: Sausage rolls are a great make-ahead dish because they can prepared and frozen, then baked off when you need them. Just add 10-15 minutes onto the baking time. Leftover cooked rolls freeze nicely as well and they pastry stands up nicely to warming up in the microwave, but re-heating in the oven is the best method. 435°F (225°C) for 20 minutes.
Finally, there’s one other important factor with sausage rolls, don’t forget the sauce. What sauce, you ask? There are 2 types of sauce people in England, the ketchup lovers and the HP sauce lovers. I’m a Libra; I like a good balance of both.
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- 1 cup (150 grams) all-purpose flour, plus extra for rolling out pastry
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 6 ounces (170 grams) unsalted butter, cut into ¼ inch cubes kept refrigerated until ready to use
- Cold water
- 1 pound (453 grams) pork sausage, skins removed
- 1 tablespoon fresh sage (optional) finely chopped * see note 1
- 1 egg, beaten
- To a make the pastry a food processor: Add the flour salt and butter. Pulse until the butter is broken into small balls. With the processor running, very slowly drizzle in the water until it pulls away from the sides of the bowl and starts to form a ball. You may not use all the water. Stop the water immediately.
- To make the pastry by hand: Add the flour, salt and butter to a large bowl. Using your fingertips (or a pastry cutter) rub the butter and flour until it resembles breadcrumbs. Drizzle in the water and mix using a fork until the it starts to come together and holds together when pressed in your hand.. You may not need all of the water.
- Turn the dough out onto a floured surface. Roll the dough to a rectangle. Fold the edge furthest away from you to the center and fold the edge closest to you to the center so the edges meet. Turn 1/4 and roll out to a rectangle and fold the same way again. Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
- Preheat oven to 425°F/220°C. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- While the pastry is chilling, add the sausage meat and sage to a mixing bowl and mix using your hands until well blended. Refrigerate until the dough is ready.
- Dust a clean surface with flour and roll out the chilled pastry into a rectangle, 24 inches (60 cm) long and 5 inches (13 cm) wide.
- Shape the meat in a sausage shape down one side of the dough, about 1 inch (2/ 1/2 cm) thick, leaving a little pastry border. If the meat is sticking to your hands, rub a little oil on your hands. Brush beaten egg along the border (closest to the meat) then roll the other long edge to meet the egg washed egg over the meat, making sure to seal well and that the seam is on the bottom.
- Cut into 8, 3-inch (7.5 cm) long rolls and place onto the baking sheet evenly apart. See note 2
- Brush the rolls with the egg wash and cut 2 slits into the top of the pastry taking care not to cut into the meat.
- Bake for 25 minutes until they are golden and crispy.
1. If your sausage already has sage, you may want to skip this.
2. To make appetizer size, cut into 2-inch (5 cm) rolls which yields 12.
Serving Size1 sausage roll
Amount Per Serving Calories 531Total Fat 41gSaturated Fat 19gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 19gCholesterol 118mgSodium 657mgCarbohydrates 28gFiber 1gSugar 1gProtein 14g
These homemade sausage rolls recipe first appeared on Food Fanatic where I am a contributor.