Sausage Rolls: the easy recipe for a popular British appetizer

Total time: 45 Min + Refrigerating time
Difficulty: Low
Serves: 10 people
By Cookist
Ground pork
500 g
onion, minced
2 tbsp
Garlic, minced
1 clove
1 1/4 tsp
Black pepper
1/2 tsp
1/8 tsp
Ground nutmeg
1/8 tsp
Dried thyme
1/4 tsp
fresh sage, minced
1 tbsp
1 tbsp
Puff pastry
1 roll
egg yolk, beaten
Sesame seeds (optional)

For a simple tasty appetizer, you can serve on any occasion, you'll love sausage rolls. They are the British version of the classic American pigs in a blanket, in fact this recipe is incredibly popular in the UK and Ireland.

Sausage rolls are made from ground sausage flavored with onion and spices, that's wrapped in buttery, flaky puff pastry and cooked to beautiful crispy, golden brown perfection. You can enjoy sausage rolls 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 ground sausage, an onion, garlic, spices, herbs, egg yolk, 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 190°C/375°F. Grab a large bowl and mix the sausage meat, onions, herbs, spices, garlic, breadcrumbs, salt, and pepper until everything is well combined. Make two rolls of sausage mixture, wrap it in cling film and let it set in the fridge.

Roll out the puff pastry and cut it into two rectangles. You can 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 egg yolk 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 30 minutes. Let them cool slightly then serve warm.

Tips for the Best Homemade Sausage Rolls

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.

Sausage Roll Variations

There are so many delicious sausage roll variations to try. Add vegetables like chopped peppers, carrots, spinach, or celery.

You can also sauté the onions for 7 to 8 minutes, or until they begin to brown and then add them to the sausage mixture.

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 190°C/375°F. Lightly grease a baking tray with cooking spray.

In a bowl mix together meat with onion, garlic, salt and pepper, all spices, and breadcrumbs.

Make 2 sausages, making sure to lightly dampen your hands to keep it from sticking. Put the two sausage mixture in the fridge for 10-20 minutes.

Roll out the puff pastry and cut it into two rectangles large as the sausage mixture. You can put them in the fridge for few minutes in order to work it better. Now put the sausage mixture on a side of the pastry. Start folding the pastry over the meat filling.

Brush the egg yolk along the edges of the pastry and finish rolling.

Pinch the roll to seal it better. Repeat with the other sausage mixture, then place them in the fridge for 10 minutes.

Cut into the slices, brush with remaining egg yolk and sprinkle with sesame seeds if using.

Transfer the rolls seam-side down to the baking pan and bake for 30 minutes or until golden brown.

Once cooked, remove from the oven and let it cool for a few minutes

Serve 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.

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