You’d never guess these luxury sausage rolls are made with such simple ingredients! Easy to make and perfect to plait, homemade sausage rolls don’t come more delicious than these!
Because really, who can resist the sausage rolls at a party spread? In fact, if you’re anything like me then it’s the first thing you stock up on! But let’s keep it real here, those sausage rolls are always store-bought and have been sat there for at least 6 hours. And if we’re keeping it even more real here, do they even taste that nice? Or are you just eating them because it’s a damn sausage roll 😂 I know it’s certainly the latter for me!
Sausage Roll Filling
My point is after you try making your own sausage rolls there’s just no comparison to store-bought. SO SO SOOOO much tastier! Here’s what you’ll need for these delicious luxury sausage rolls:
Sausage Roll Filling Ingredients
- Puff Pastry – Pre-made and pre-rolled does the trick perfectly!
- Ground Pork – NOT sausage meat! You’ll want it quite fatty, so step away from the lean meat.
- Bacon – Yup! An absolutely essential for homemade sausage rolls. Adds texture and a yummy salty flavour.
- Worcestershire Sauce – A gorgeous douse of flavour that pairs perfectly with pork.
- Breadcrumbs – To lock in moisture. Panko work great.
- Egg – To bind the meat and glaze the pastry.
- Carrot, Onion & Garlic – These add a great base flavour and texture.
- Fennel & Sage – Two absolute game changers, both of which go hand-in-hand with pork.
All of these ingredients combined make for a truly gourmet sausage roll, but as you can see no real ‘gourmet’ ingredients are used! All pantry staples or easy-to-access ingredients.
Process shots: add bacon to pan (photo 1), fry until crisp (photo 2), fry carrot & onion (photo 3), fry garlic (photo 4), cool then add to bowl with pork, breadcrumbs, eggs, Worcestershire sauce, fennel, sage, salt & white pepper (photo 5), combine (photo 6).
First things first, let’s address the elephant in the room because I can already hear people screaming ‘THAT’S NOT A SAUSAGE ROLL IT’S A SAUSAGE PLAIT’. Look, I hear ya. Could I have just rolled the sausage in puff pastry like a normal human? Yes. But it looks pretty neat, right? 😏
Either way, the filling is exactly the same, so let’s quickly discuss how to get the most out of your sausage rolls!
Tips for the best Homemade Sausage Rolls
- Sausage meat vs minced pork – Personally I like starting with a blank canvas, so I always opt for minced pork. I’m never really sure what’s in sausage meat and I’m way too anal over the fact that different sausage meats taste differently.
- Fennel Seeds – Umm pork and fennel? A marriage I am NOT here to break up. It’s really important to crush the seeds (there’s a section on this in the recipe card – very easy to do).
- Fry the veg – By putting in raw veg, it releases too much moisture during the cooking process and makes for a soggy pastry! Plus, the extra flavour from frying is worth the effort.
- Sesame seeds – Not just a pretty garnish, the sesame flavour actually goes gorgeously with the pork and fennel.
Now you can simply roll the sausage rolls, but like I mentioned I like to plait them. Very easy to do and makes them slightly more ‘luxurious’ looking!
How to make sausage plaits
- Lay the meat in a log shape and slice the pastry around 1.5″ either side.
- At a 45-degree angle, slice equal strips around 0.5″ wide, ensuring you slice an even number on both sides.
- Starting from the bottom, braid your strips.
- Keep whole or slice into mini sausage rolls.
Baked Sausage Rolls
When it comes to baking the sausage rolls, the first and most important thing you’ll need to ensure is that you’re using a decent greaseproof baking tray. I talk from experience when I say it’s one of the most upsetting things in life when a sausage roll simply will not detach itself from the pan 🥲. If you’re not confident in your tray, just lightly coat it in oil, or use parchment paper.
From there, whack on some egg wash, sprinkle with sesame seeds and bake until golden!
Process shots: add sausage rolls to baking tray and brush with egg wash (photo 1), add sesame seeds and bake (photo 2).
Sausage Rolls FAQ
How do I prevent sausage meat from drying out in the oven?
A problem we too often experience is a dry sausage. Here are my 3 killer tips for producing juicy sausage rolls:
- Breadcrumbs – Contrary to popular belief, breadcrumbs aren’t just there to help mould the sausage. In fact, breadcrumbs help keep the sausage moist. As the meat cooks and releases fat, the breadcrumbs capture it and keep it locked up within the meat. Obviously if you use too many breadcrumbs it’s going to have the reverse effect, but just a small amount will work wonders.
- Non-lean pork – You want to aim for pork at least 15% fat, 20-25% is best though. Unfortunately, this is not the recipe to use that lean pork you’ve got waiting in the fridge!
- Don’t work the meat too much – Just like when you’re making meatballs, you only want to mix the ingredients until they’re just about evenly spread. No more. If you overwork the meat it’s gonna come out tough and gross.
Mini Sausage Rolls vs Giant Sausage Roll
It depends on what the occasion is. For dinner, I’ll keep them as large sausage rolls, but obviously, if it’s for a buffet or party I’ll slice them up. The best way to make mini sausage rolls is to slice them before they go in the oven. You may need to pop them in the fridge beforehand the firm up the pastry. Either way be very gentle with the knife to ensure you don’t ruin the shape.
Can I make these sausage rolls ahead of time?
Yep, keep them uncooked in the fridge and apply the egg wash just before you put them in the oven. Add an extra 5/10mins onto the cooking time and ensure they’re piping hot through the centre.
Serving Sausage Rolls
If I’m keeping these whole I’ll serve them for Dinner with Fries or Wedges and a side salad. If they’re mini, I typically serve them for a gathering at lunch or a party. Either, yes, there’s gotta be ketchup 😜
Alrighty, let’s tuck into the full recipe for these homemade sausage rolls shall we?!
How to make Sausages Rolls (Full Recipe & Video)
Homemade Sausage Rolls
- Large Greaseproof Baking Tray
- Frying Pan & Wooden Spoon
- Large Mixing Bowl
- Sharp Knife & Chopping Board
- Pot & Brush (for egg wash)
Ingredients (check list):
- 1.5 sheets Pre-rolled Puff Pastry (see notes)
- 1lb / 500g Ground Pork, non-lean (see notes)
- 3.5oz / 100g Streaky Bacon, finely diced
- 1/2 cup / 35g Panko Breadcrumbs
- 1 medium Carrot, very finely diced
- 1 small/medium White Onion, very finely diced
- 1 clove Garlic, minced
- 1 tbsp Fresh Sage, finely diced (can sub 1 tsp dried sage)
- 1 tsp Whole Fennel Seeds, crushed (see notes)
- 1 tsp Worcestershire Sauce
- 3/4 tsp Salt
- 1/4 tsp White Pepper
- 2 Eggs (1 beaten for egg wash, 1 for meat mixture)
- Sesame seeds, to garnish
- In a pan over low-medium heat add the bacon and fry until crisp with the fat rendered. Add in carrot & onion and continue frying until soft & golden, then add in the garlic and fry for 1-2mins longer. Remove from pan, place in a large mixing bowl and leave to cool for 5-10mins.
- In the same bowl add pork, fennel, sage, salt, pepper, Worcestershire sauce, breadcrumbs, 1 egg and gently combine. Make sure you don't over work the meat or the sausage rolls will come out tough and dry. Only mix until the ingredients are evenly distributed.
- Split the first sheet of pastry into 3 even rectangles. Take a slice out of the second sheet at the same size, so you're left with 4 even-sized rectangles. Evenly distribute your sausage meat into 4 log shapes in the centre of each. At a 45-degree angle, slice equal strips around 0.5" wide, ensuring you slice an even number on both sides. Starting from the bottom, braid the strips by pulling each one right over the meat to cover it and nearly touch the other side. You can either leave the sausage roll giant, or gently slice into mini sauce rolls (5 per giant sausage roll).
- Place on a lightly oiled baking tray, brush with egg wash and sprinkle with sesame seeds. Bake at 180C/356F for 30mins or until a deep golden colour and piping hot through the centre.
Quick 1 min demo!
Your Private Notes:
If you’re looking for a funky twist on the classic sausage roll then definitely check out my Chorizo Sausage Rolls!
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