Homemade Sausage Rolls: The Ultimate Guide

Pork Sausage Rolls! Yum Yum. Today Piero shows us how to make your own sausage rolls at home, these homemade sausage rolls are made with paprika and garlic. For more recipe ideas see below.

  • Mince Pork
  • Garlic
  • Egg
  • Breadcrumbs
  • Pastry (puff pastry)
  • Parmesan

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long sausage rolls

Do you pre cook sausage meat for sausage rolls?

There are two lines of thought here, I’ve listed them below, I personally don’t cook the meat but you decide what’s best for yourself.

Pre cooked meat:

Yes, it is generally recommended to pre-cook the sausage meat before using it as a filling for sausage rolls. Pre-cooking the sausage meat ensures that it is fully cooked and safe to eat when the pastry is baked. It also helps to prevent the pastry from becoming soggy due to excess moisture from raw meat during the baking process. By cooking the sausage meat separately before assembling the sausage rolls, you can ensure that the filling is flavorful, cooked through, and has a desirable texture.

Non pre cooked meat:

If you choose not to pre-cook the sausage meat before using it as a filling for sausage rolls, there are a few things to consider:

  1. Baking time: Since the sausage meat will be raw when you assemble the sausage rolls, it will require a longer baking time to ensure that the meat is fully cooked. Make sure to bake the sausage rolls for a sufficient amount of time to ensure the internal temperature of the sausage meat reaches a safe level.
  2. Moisture: Raw sausage meat contains moisture, and when it cooks, it releases juices. This can lead to the pastry becoming soggy or greasy. To minimize this, you can prick the sausage rolls with a fork or make small slits in the pastry to allow excess moisture to escape during baking.
big sausage roll

Why are sausage rolls glazed with egg or milk?

Sausage rolls are glazed with egg or milk for two primary reasons.

First, the glaze enhances the appearance by giving them an attractive golden color after baking.

Second, the proteins in the glaze undergo Maillard reaction, resulting in browning and adding depth of flavor to the pastry. Additionally, the glaze can contribute to a crisp and slightly glossy exterior on the pastry.

what temperature to cook sausage rolls

Sausage rolls are typically cooked at a moderate to high oven temperature to ensure they cook through and develop a golden, crisp exterior. The recommended temperature for cooking sausage rolls is usually around 400°F (200°C).

However, it’s always best to refer to the specific recipe you are using, as oven temperatures can vary. Following the recipe’s instructions for temperature and baking time will help ensure that your sausage rolls are cooked to perfection.

a stack of sausage rolls

How long do sausage rolls take in an air fryer?

When cooking sausage rolls in an air fryer, the cooking time can vary depending on the size and thickness of the sausage rolls, as well as the specific model and temperature of your air fryer. However, as a general guideline, sausage rolls typically take around 12 to 15 minutes to cook in an air fryer at a temperature of 400°F (200°C).

It’s recommended to preheat the air fryer for a few minutes before placing the sausage rolls in the basket. Cooking times may need to be adjusted based on the specific recipe, the desired level of browning, and the crispness you prefer. It’s a good idea to check the sausage rolls periodically during cooking to ensure they are cooked through and have reached a safe internal temperature.

how long to cook frozen mini sausage rolls in air fryer?

When cooking frozen mini sausage rolls in an air fryer, the cooking time will vary depending on the size and thickness of the sausage rolls, as well as the specific model and temperature of your air fryer. As a general guideline, you can follow these steps:

  1. Preheat your air fryer to 375°F (190°C) for a few minutes.
  2. Place the frozen mini sausage rolls in a single layer in the air fryer basket. Avoid overcrowding the basket to allow for proper air circulation.
  3. Cook the frozen mini sausage rolls in the preheated air fryer for approximately 10 to 12 minutes.
  4. About halfway through the cooking time, pause and shake the basket or gently flip the sausage rolls to ensure even cooking.
  5. Continue cooking until the sausage rolls are golden brown and heated through. The internal temperature should reach 165°F (74°C) to ensure they are fully cooked.
  6. Once cooked, carefully remove the sausage rolls from the air fryer and let them cool slightly before serving.

It’s important to note that cooking times can vary between different air fryer models, so it’s recommended to check the manufacturer’s instructions or adjust the cooking time based on your specific air fryer’s performance. Monitoring the sausage rolls during cooking will help you achieve the desired level of crispness and ensure they are thoroughly cooked.

homemade sausage rolls

What is a luxury sausage roll recipe?


For the filling:

  • 1 lb (450g) high-quality sausage meat or sausages, casings removed
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • Salt and pepper to taste

For the pastry:

  • 2 sheets of pre-rolled puff pastry, thawed if frozen
  • 1 egg, beaten (for egg wash)

For the topping (optional):

  • Sesame seeds or poppy seeds


  1. Preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a mixing bowl, combine the sausage meat (or remove the casings from sausages) with the chopped onion, minced garlic, parsley, dried thyme, ground nutmeg, salt, and pepper. Mix until well combined.
  3. Roll out the puff pastry sheets on a lightly floured surface to smooth out any creases and make them slightly thinner.
  4. Divide the sausage mixture in half. Take one portion and shape it into a log along the length of the pastry sheet, leaving a small border on one long edge.
  5. Brush the exposed pastry edge with beaten egg. Roll the pastry tightly around the sausage mixture, sealing the edge with the egg-washed border. Repeat with the other portion of sausage mixture and remaining pastry sheet.
  6. Cut each long roll into smaller sausage rolls of your desired size. Place them on the prepared baking sheet, seam-side down.
  7. Brush the tops of the sausage rolls with beaten egg wash. Sprinkle sesame seeds or poppy seeds over the top if desired for an extra touch.
  8. Bake in the preheated oven for about 20-25 minutes or until the pastry is golden brown and cooked through.
  9. Once baked, remove the sausage rolls from the oven and let them cool slightly on a wire rack before serving.

These luxury sausage rolls are perfect for a special occasion or when you want to elevate the classic recipe. The flavorful filling and buttery puff pastry make them a delicious treat that can be enjoyed as an appetizer or a main dish. Serve them warm or at room temperature for the best taste and texture.

4 sausage rolls cooked

what are some unusual sausage roll recipes

If you’re looking for some unusual sausage roll recipes that go beyond the traditional flavors, here are a few unique ideas to try:

  1. Spicy Thai Sausage Rolls: Add a Thai twist by incorporating flavors like lemongrass, red curry paste, ginger, and cilantro into the sausage mixture. Serve with a sweet chili dipping sauce for an extra kick.
  2. Mediterranean Sausage Rolls: Create a Mediterranean-inspired filling by combining sausage meat with feta cheese, sun-dried tomatoes, olives, and fresh herbs like oregano and basil. Serve with a side of tzatziki or hummus for dipping.
  3. BBQ Pulled Pork Sausage Rolls: Use leftover BBQ pulled pork as the filling for your sausage rolls. The tender, smoky meat pairs well with the flaky pastry. Add a dollop of tangy coleslaw inside the rolls for added texture and flavor.
  4. Moroccan Lamb Sausage Rolls: Make a spiced lamb filling by mixing ground lamb with Moroccan spices such as cumin, coriander, cinnamon, and paprika. Add raisins or apricots for a touch of sweetness. Serve with a mint-yogurt sauce or harissa dip.
  5. Veggie Sausage Rolls: For a vegetarian option, use a mixture of sautéed vegetables like mushrooms, onions, peppers, and spinach, combined with cheese and breadcrumbs as the filling. You can add herbs and spices of your choice to enhance the flavors.
  6. Breakfast Sausage Rolls: Transform the classic sausage roll into a breakfast delight. Use breakfast sausage meat or shape cooked breakfast sausage patties into rolls. Add scrambled eggs, cheese, and herbs for a satisfying morning treat.

Remember, these are just a few ideas to get you started. Feel free to experiment with flavors, spices, and ingredients to create your own unique sausage roll recipes that suit your taste preferences.

What raising agent is used in a sausage roll made with flaky pastry?

In a sausage roll made with flaky pastry, the raising agent primarily comes from the layers of butter or fat incorporated into the pastry dough. The high-fat content in the pastry creates steam during the baking process, which causes the layers to separate and puff up, giving the pastry its characteristic flakiness.

Unlike some other types of pastry, such as puff pastry, flaky pastry typically does not require the addition of a chemical raising agent like baking powder or yeast. Instead, the rising and flakiness come from the interaction between the layers of fat and the steam created during baking.

Therefore, when making sausage rolls with flaky pastry, the focus is on the quality of the butter or fat used and the proper technique of layering and folding the dough to achieve a light and flaky texture.

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What are some good sides to go with sausage rolls

When serving sausage rolls, there are several delicious side dishes that can complement them nicely. Here are some ideas for sides to go with sausage rolls:

  1. Coleslaw: A fresh and crunchy coleslaw is a classic accompaniment to sausage rolls. The crispness and tanginess of coleslaw provide a refreshing contrast to the rich and savory flavors of the rolls.
  2. Mixed Green Salad: A simple mixed green salad with a light vinaigrette dressing can balance the richness of the sausage rolls. The freshness of the salad adds a crisp and vibrant element to the meal.
  3. Roasted Vegetables: Roasted vegetables, such as carrots, potatoes, zucchini, or bell peppers, are hearty and flavorful sides that can be served alongside sausage rolls. The caramelized flavors of the roasted vegetables complement the savory nature of the rolls.
  4. Baked Beans: Sausage rolls and baked beans make for a comforting and satisfying combination. The sweet and savory flavors of the beans pair well with the hearty nature of the rolls.
  5. Potato Salad: A classic potato salad is a versatile side dish that can be enjoyed with sausage rolls. It provides a creamy and satisfying element to the meal.
  6. Tomato Salad: A refreshing tomato salad with ripe tomatoes, fresh herbs, and a light dressing can provide a bright and tangy contrast to the rich flavors of the sausage rolls.
  7. Pickles and Chutneys: Serve an assortment of pickles, relishes, and chutneys as condiments alongside the sausage rolls. These tangy and flavorful accompaniments add extra depth of flavor and enhance the overall enjoyment of the meal.

Feel free to mix and match these suggestions based on your personal preferences and the occasion. With the right combination of sides, you can create a well-rounded and delicious meal with sausage rolls as the centerpiece.

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