Easy Sausage Rolls
Quick and easy sausage rolls are simple to make with puff pastry and a savory sausage filling! They are just as perfect as a party appetizer as they are for brunch or a snack.
Pizza babka and homemade cheddar jalapeno bread are two other savory recipes we love to make!
With a flaky crust and moist meaty filling, these easy sausage rolls are both incredibly simple to make and delicious! Served warm they are mouthwatering with their buttery and flaky texture.
While you might have not heard of these in the US, they are popular in Britain, and once you make them you will immediately understand why!
In the past I have usually reserved my puff pastry for these Nutella puff pastry pockets, but this savory puff pastry recipe with seasoned sausage, sautéed mushrooms and just the right amount of spices has quickly become a favorite!
Serve them freshly baked with a dipping sauce or not, cut them into small pieces for appetizers or keep them larger for a meal, they are good any way you eat them!
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Why You’ll Love Sausage Rolls
- Flavorful: Ground sausage, mushrooms, spices and buttery puff pastry is melt-in-your-mouth amazing!
- Crowd pleaser: They are perfect for holiday entertaining or anytime you need a quick appetizer.
- Versatile: Cut into small bites for finger foods, serve whole for a main meal, or you could even pack them up for a picnic!
- Make ahead: Easily double this recipe and freeze a batch for later!
Ingredients Needed to Make Sausage Rolls
Using premade frozen puff pastry in this recipe is not only a shortcut but a huge timesaver although you could make your own pastry if you are feeling adventurous!
- Butter: Adds a rich taste to the filling.
- Button mushrooms: White mushrooms or brown mushrooms all work here. They will need to be finely chopped.
- Worcestershire sauce: Adds a hearty, beefy taste.
- Seasonings: Dried thyme, oregano, salt and pepper all add the perfect amount of spice.
- Sausage meat: Any ground pork sausage is okay to use just be sure not to use precooked. If you love to make your own, go for it!
- Puff pastry: You will need 1 lb of store bought puff pastry. If yours is frozen, be sure to thaw first.
- Egg: This not only helps seal your rolls with sausage but gives it that beautiful shiny brown lacquered look on the outside.
How to Make Easy Sausage Rolls
These puff pastry sausage rolls couldn’t be any easier to make! To start, preheat your oven to 400 degrees F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Make sausage mixture: Fry mushrooms in butter until soft then transfer to a large bowl and add the Worcestershire sauce, oregano, thyme and sausage meat. Season well with salt and pepper and mix until combined.
Assemble rolls: Roll your thawed puff pastry sheets into two rectangles. Place a layer of sausage mixture in the middle of each and brush one of the long edges with the beaten egg.
Fold the other side of the pastry over the egg-washed side and press down to seal. Cut each roll into 3-4 sausage rolls.
Bake: Place assembled rolls onto prepared baking sheet and brush the tops with beaten egg. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until the meat is completely cooked and pastry is crisp and golden brown.
Serve: Let your rolls cool five minutes before serving. Enjoy!
- Sausage: Use your favorite sausage! Pork, chicken, lamb, or even beef sausage. As long as it is not pre-cooked it will work in these easy sausage rolls.
- Cheese: Add some freshly grated Parmesan cheese to the filling.
- Spicy: Use spicy sausage and add some finely chopped jalapenos to the filling.
- Crunch: Before baking sprinkle with poppy seeds or sesame seeds.
Expert Tips to Make the Best Sausage Rolls
- Instant read thermometer: If you are unsure if the sausage is cooked through, it never hurts to check with a thermometer. The internal temperature should be at least 165 degrees F.
- Don’t overfill your rolls: Otherwise you risk them bursting open! Leave enough room to fold them over and pinch the seams together. Brushing with the egg wash on top ‘glues’ it all together for a delicious roll.
- Too moist of meat filling: If you find your meat filling too soggy, add some bread crumbs.
- Puff pastry: Remember to plan accordingly as it takes about 45 minutes for puff pastry to thaw. Do not try to unfold your puff pastry until it is thawed.
How to serve Sausage Rolls?
Honey mustard sauce is a popular choice for a dipping sauce, although any type of mustard is delicious such as Dijon mustard, German or grainy. Tomato chutney is a traditional dip to serve with British sausage rolls, although spicy jellies and jam are also delicious.
Can I make mini sausage rolls?
Yes, after assembling cut the pastry slices into smaller sizes. Your baking time might decrease so you may want to keep an eye on them while they are in the oven.
Where can I find puff pastry?
In most grocery stores it is located in the frozen section next to the frozen pie crusts. Since puff pastry is frozen, you will need to thaw it first before using.
Are these the same as pigs in a blanket?
No, not really. British sausage rolls are made with uncooked sausage and puff pastry, while American pigs in blankets are made with already cooked hot dogs and crescent rolls.
Can I freeze these?
Yes! You can either freeze these unbaked or baked. Freeze leftover baked easy sausage rolls in a freezer safe container and when ready to eat thaw in the refrigerator overnight. Reheat uncovered in the oven at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes until hot.
Freeze unbaked rolls on a parchment lined baking sheet first. Then transfer to an airtight container for longer storage. Bake from frozen adding 3-5 minutes to the baking time.
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Easy Sausage Rolls
- 2 tablespoons Butter
- 3½ ounces Button mushrooms -finely chopped
- 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- ¼ teaspoon Dried thyme
- ½ teaspoon Dried oregano
- 1 pound Sausage meat
- 1 teaspoon Salt
- ½ teaspoon Pepper
- 1 pound Ready rolled puff pastry
- 1 large Egg – beaten
- Pre-heat the oven to 400F (200C) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- In a large frying pan melt the butter and fry the mushrooms until soft. Transfer to a large bowl.
- Add the Worcestershire sauce, oregano, thyme and sausage meat to the large bowl. Season well with salt and pepper and mix until combined.
- Roll the puff pastry into two rectangles. Place a layer of sausage meat mix in the middle of each pastry rectangle and brush one of the long edges with the beaten egg.
- Fold the other side of the pastry over the egg-washed side and press down to seal. Trim any excess. Cut each pastry roll into 3-4 sausage rolls or more if you want smaller rolls.
- Place the sausage rolls onto the prepared baking sheet and brush the tops with beaten egg. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until the pastry is crisp and golden and the meat is completely cooked.
- Let it cool five minutes before serving. Enjoy!