There’s nothing quite like a pasty or a dumpling- brimming with a rich and savory filling. And, the Brits have perfected this concept with their iconic sausage rolls.
These simple treats are packed with sausage and it perfectly compliments the casing of buttery dough. While variations on the dough exist across the British Isles the easiest way to make them at home is by using frozen pastry dough sheets. There’s really only a few steps to make this emblematic recipe.
While the pastry dough is thawing you can work on the filling, which is simply browned sausage with some seasonings added in. Dijon mustard, Worcestershire sauce, and just a splash of Tabasco sauce help to deepen the flavor of the sausage.
The most classic version of this recipe uses pork sausage but you can use turkey sausage or even vegetarian sausage if you’re trying to cut back on pork. It’s such an easy and delicious pairing that the recipe can accomodate some substitutions – and still be 100% delicious.
Then you’ll need to cut the dough lengthwise to create 2 long strips from each sheet. Fill the center with the (cooled) sausage and then brush the inner edges with an egg wash. After that just roll each sheet over and crimp them down to secure.
Because this recipe calls for puff pastry they will get a lot bigger in the oven. You can use your favorite pie crust recipe instead if you prefer. The result won’t be as flaky or big, but will travel better for lunches and picnics.
When they’re done these rich rolls are the perfect centerpiece for a casual meal. In may places across the UK these are eaten for a quick lunch that’s highly portable. You can adjust the size as well, making smaller ones for hors d’oeuvres or larger ones for meals.
This quintessential recipe is just one of many delicacies from the UK that has spread all over the world. Invite a little bit of British cuisine into your kitchen with these tasty sausage rolls.
British Sausage Rolls
Makes 16 rolls
20m prep time
30m cook time
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
- 1 lb pork sausage, crumbled
- 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
- 1 teaspoon Tabasco sauce
- 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
- salt and black pepper to taste
- 1 (1 lb) box frozen puff pastry, thawed
- 1 egg, beaten
- 1/4 cup milk
- Preheat oven to 400˚F. Heat oil over medium and add sausage. Cook until browned. Remove from heat and add Worcestershire sauce, Dijon mustard, Tabasco sauce, thyme, salt, and pepper.
- Carefully unroll puff pastry. Cut each sheet in 2 lengthwise. Brush some egg along the edges of each piece. Place some filling into each rectangle of dough. Fold over one long side and then crimp that side with edges of fork.
- Cut each sausage roll log into 4 pieces. Clean brush and use it to apply some milk to each sausage roll. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until tops of rolls are golden brown.
Recipe adapted from BBC.