Easy Peasy British Sausage Rolls
The sausage roll is classic British fare, that is as versatile as it is easy to make. It can be served hot or cold, in a canapé size as an appetizer or in a larger roll for brunch, lunch, a snack or an entrée.
Servings: 4 servings
- 1 sheet puff pastry thawed
- 1 pound (16 ounces, 454 grams) ground pork (See Tip 1)
- 1/2 cup (2.65 ounces, 75 grams) dry bread crumbs
- 1 teaspoon Kosher salt
- 1 teaspoon dried sage
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- Dash ground nutmeg
- Dash mace
- 1/3 cup (2.65 ounces, 75 grams) water
- 1 egg for egg wash (optional)
Add ground pork, bread crumbs, salt, pepper, sage, nutmeg, mace and water to bowl of food processor fitted with steel blade. Process 20 seconds. Cook small amount in microwave for 20 seconds; taste for seasonings and consistency. Correct seasonings if necessary. Process for additional 30 seconds, or until desired consistency is reached. Cover and refrigerate. Yield: About 20 ounces sausage. (See Tip 2)
Preheat oven to 425° F.
Roll puff pastry sheet to approximately 14 x 10-inches on a lightly floured surface. Cut in half lengthwise. Place a roll of half of the sausage down the center. Bring sides together, and pinch to seal. Make sure that roll is thoroughly sealed. Repeat with other half of puff pastry and remaining sausage.
Cut each roll to desired size (I cut each roll into four pieces). Cut 2 to 3 diagonal slits in each piece. Place on rimmed baking sheet lined with non-stick aluminum foil. (See Tip 3)
Brush with egg wash. Bake at 425° F for 25 to 30 minutes, or until golden brown and sausage is completely cooked. Cool 10 minutes before serving. Yield: 4 servings. (See Tip 4)
- If you can't find ground pork, you can grind your own with pieces of Boston butt. Cut Boston butt into 1 to 1 1/2-inches and process in food processor for 10 to 15 seconds. Add remaining sausage ingredients and proceed as above.
- If your ground pork is very lean (90% lean or above), you might want to add a tablespoon of butter to the sausage mixture. The finished sausage should have the consistency of a pâté and be very finely ground.
- You can make the sausage rolls ahead of time up to this point. Refrigerate if you're going to cook them later in the day or freeze for up to one month. You can cook the sausage rolls frozen. Just add 5 minutes or so to the cooking time.
- Cooked sausage rolls can be refrigerated and reheated at 350°F for 10 to 15 minutes.
Calories: 690kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 48g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Cholesterol: 82mg | Sodium: 896mg | Potassium: 393mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 11IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 49mg | Iron: 3mg