- Oil 1 tbsp
- medium onion, finely chopped 1
- sausage meat 2 pounds
- Medium eggs 3
- Flour 2 tbsp
- Puff pastry 25 ounces
- salt and pepper to taste • 1 kcal
- Sesame seeds (optional)
For a simple tasty appetizer, you can serve on any occasion, you'll love sausage rolls. Made from sausages wrapped in puff pastry that's cooked to beautiful golden brown perfection, sausage rolls are the British version of the classic American pigs in a blanket. Sausage rolls are incredibly popular in the UK and Ireland, where they are enjoyed as an appetizer or snack, as part of a packed lunch or picnic or they can be paired with a few sides to make a main meal.
If you're planning on serving them at a party, you can make sausage rolls up to a day in advance. No matter the occasion, they're great dipped in brown sauce, mustard, or even ketchup.
Homemade Sausage Rolls Ingredients
One of the best things about sausage rolls (besides how good they taste!) is that you don't need any fancy ingredients to make them. All you need is sausage meat, an onion, eggs, and some puff pastry, plus a pinch of salt and pepper and a little oil for frying the onions. Of course, you can always jazz up your sausage rolls to make them more gourmet, however, the classic sausage roll is perfect in its simplicity.
How to Make Sausage Rolls
Sausage rolls are so delicious and easy to make, they may become a staple in your household. Start by preheating your oven to 400°F. Fry the onions in a little oil until they begin to brown. Grab a large bowl and mix the sausage meat, fried onions, 2 eggs, salt, and pepper until everything is well combined. Roll out the puff pastry and cut it into two rectangles, then cut each of those into 2 long strips. Refrigerate the pastry for 10 to 20 minutes so it's easier to work with.
Next, fill each strip with the sausage filling. Beat the last egg and brush it along the edges of the pastry. Fold the pastry to form a roll, then brush the top with more egg and sesame seeds if you prefer. Cut the rolls into your desired size then bake the sausage rolls for 20 minutes. Let them cool slightly then serve warm.
Tips for the Best Homemade Sausage Rolls
Lightly dampen your hands when mixing the sausage to keep it from sticking.
After shaping the rolls, you can put them back in the fridge for several minutes to make them easier to cut.
If using frozen puff pastry, you'll need to thaw it out first. Follow the instructions on the package to that it out correctly.
Store-bought puff pastry is the most convenient option, but if you want you can make it on your own. To make puff pastry from scratch, combine 1 cup of flour with 1 teaspoon of salt. Cut 1 cup of butter into cubes and chop it into the flour until the mixture is coarse. Stir in ½ cup of cold water and mix until a dough forms. Cover and refrigerate for 20 minutes. Roll the dough out, fold the halves so they meet in the center, then turn the dough and roll it out again. Repeat, then cover and refrigerate for another 20 minutes.
Sausage Roll Variations
There are so many delicious sausage roll variations to try. Add vegetables like chopped peppers, carrots, spinach, or celery. Sprinkling in some fresh herbs like rosemary, thyme, sage, or basil will make your sausage rolls even tastier.
While most sausage rolls are made from ground pork, you can substitute it for ground beef or even ground turkey or ground chicken.
How to Store Homemade Sausage Rolls
Keep sausage rolls in an airtight container in the fridge and enjoy them within 1 to 2 days. Frozen sausage rolls will keep for about 3 months. Defrost them in the fridge overnight and reheat them for 15 to 20 minutes at 400°F.
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Preheat your oven to 400°F. Lightly grease a baking tray with cooking spray.
Heat the oil in a large pan over medium heat. Saute the onions for 7 to 8 minutes, or until they begin to brown. Remove from heat and let cool slightly.
In a large bowl, mix the sausage, onions, two eggs, salt, and pepper until well combined.
Lightly flour a work surface. Roll out the puff pastry and cut it into two 8×10 inch rectangles. Cut the rectangles into two long strips and put them in the fridge to rest.
Place the pastry on the prepared baking sheet. Put the sausage mixture down the center of the pastry. Beat the last egg and brush it along the edges of the pastry, then you can add sesame seeds if you prefer.
Fold the pastry over to make rolls and arrange the rolls seam-side down. Brush the rolls with the egg wash.
Cut the rolls into smaller lengths. Cook for 20 minutes or until the rolls are golden brown. Remove from oven and cool slightly and enjoy.
Cut the sausage rolls into whatever lengths you prefer. You can try bite-sized versions or cut them a little longer for a traditional sausage roll shape.