Traditional English sausage rolls are perfect for any occasion but always a favourite at Christmas time. Simple and delicious that can be served warm or cold. Prepare them using your own favourite puff pastry recipe or like myself use store bought pre-made pastry from the grocery freezer section and save the effort.
300g puff pastry (your own recipe or store bought)
500g pork sausage meat
1 onion, medium size
4 tbsp sage, chopped finely
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1 egg, beaten
Preheat oven to 425F
Chop onion finely, if possible use a food processor/chopper
Add chopped sage and mix well
In a medium sized bowl add sausage meat, onion/sage mixture, salt & pepper and mix well using your hands and set aside
Take your pastry and roll out in sections approximately 18" long by 4" wide
Spoon sausage meat mixture along rolled pastry that is about 1" thick and evenly spread out
Fold pastry over to create a roll cutting away any excess pastry
Place the rolled pastry with the seam down
Using a sharp knife cut the roll in 1 1/2" sections on an angle. Don't worry about the sections being too large, they will shrink during baking
Brush each sausage roll with egg and place on baking sheet that has been lightly greased or lined with parchment paper
Place in oven and cook for approximately 20 minutes until golden brown
Remove from oven and immediately place on cooling racks. It is important to remove from baking sheets immediately since the sausage meat will create excess grease that you do not want the finished sausage rolls to sit in.
Let cool and serve warm or cold
It is important to remove from baking sheets immediately since the sausage meat will created excess grease that you do not want the finished sausage rolls to sit in.
You can substitute fresh sage with ground sage if you prefer. When using ground sage in place of fresh sage, remember ground sage is stronger. About 10 fresh sage leaves are the same as a 3/4 teaspoon of ground sage.
Sausage rolls freeze very well. Simply remove and allow to thaw and serve.