Epic, EASY classic homemade sausage rolls that I dare say rivals the famous Bourke St Bakery, declared by many as the best sausage rolls in Australia!
It takes more than store bought sausage mince to make a truly delicious filling. The little but important thing I do that takes this from “yummy” to “OMG these are incredible!!” is to sauté garlic, onion, celery and BACON to mix into pork mince (not store bought sausage meat!).
Sausage rolls are Australia’s answer to America’s Pigs in a Blanket – but (I’m going to say it!!) SO MUCH BETTER!!!
A juicy homemade sausage mixture wrapped in puff pastry. I mean really – do you need any more information than that to know these are wickedly delicious?
Brits reading this are probably rolling their eyes or getting fired up, thinking “Hey!!! WE invented Sausage Rolls!” OK, true that. One might say Australia has adopted it as our own. 😉
Why this is the BEST Homemade Sausage Rolls Recipe ever
It was actually my brother who created this recipe, so I can shout from the rooftops that this is the BEST homemade Sausage Rolls recipe ever and not feel like I’m being big headed! Here is what makes these sausage rolls seriously so good:
1. REAL PORK – It’s not made with sausage mince which is a mix of questionable ingredients – query how much is actually meat. This starts with pure pork mince. Real meat. Yay!
2. BACON – It’s not just about adding bacon for the sake of it. The plain fact is that bacon is salty and juicy and when you chop it up finely and mix it through the pork, it makes it so much tastier!
3. GARLIC, ONION & CELERY – Fact: when you saute these together slowly, they become sweet and form the flavour base of many of the most epic classic recipes in this big wide world. Like Beef Ragu. And Beef & Guinness Stew. And it does the same for Sausage Rolls. The sweetness and extra flavour it adds to the filling is just incomparable to just mixing in some raw chopped onion into the mince, which is what many standard recipes do. Plus, this adds moisture to the filling without making it watery (which = soggy base); and
4. NO GRATED VEGGIES – I won’t tell you not to sneak any veggies in, but what I will caution is that grated veggies are the main culprit for soggy pastry bases, even if you squeeze excess liquid out…..I think there is a time and place for hidden veggies. In my world, that does not include sausage rolls!
This Homemade Sausage Rolls recipe includes fennel, because fennel and pork are great mates. Just like basil and tomato. And if you’re a sausage roll connoisseur then you would probably know that the really great sausage rolls from patisseries and posh bakeries usually have a hint of fennel. But it is optional!
There’s nothing complicated about this recipe, I promise. Just mix the filling (I use my hands!), place on puff pastry, roll then bake. 25 minutes later, you’re self control is going to be seriously tested as you try to resist taste testing just one more, just one more….
As I mentioned above, this is my brother’s sausage roll recipe, tweaked and perfected over the years. It kills me to say this, but it was the most popular finger food at a Christmas Party we “catered” for my mother and her friends. Well, this and the mini quiches, which he also made. 😤
(I say “catered”, because when my mother asked if my brother and I would do the food for her party, it wasn’t really asking. If you know what I mean…. 😉 )
These sausage rolls are one of the few classic Aussie party foods that really can be made ahead because they can be frozen unbaked then when you’re ready to serve, all you have to do is bake them. No fussing with garnishes or assembling, just make sure there is plenty of tomato sauce (ketchup) to dunk them in! – Nagi x
- ½ tbsp olive oil
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 brown onion, finely chopped
- 1 stalk celery, finely chopped
- 5oz / 150g bacon, finely chopped (streaky and fatty, not the lean stuff!)
- 2 tsp whole fennel seeds, toasted (optional) (Note 1)
- 1 lb / 500g pork mince (ground pork) (not lean)
- ¾ cup / 40g panko breadcrumbs (Note 2)
- 1 egg
- ½ tsp salt
- Black pepper
- 2½ sheets puff pastry, thawed then each cut into half (Note 3)
- 1 egg, lightly whisk
- Ketchup / tomato sauce
- Heat oil in a non stick fry pan over medium high heat. Sauté garlic, onion & celery for 2 minutes, then add bacon. Cook for a further 2 minutes (don't brown) then transfer to bowl and allow to cool slightly.
- Add remaining Filling ingredients into the bowl. Use your hands to mix well.
- Lay out a rectangle of pastry, long edge closest to you. Brush egg along one long edge.
- Get ⅕ th of the filling and shape into a long log shape down the middle of the pastry. Ensure the meat is tight and compact, without gaps. Roll up, sealing on the edge with egg wash on it.
- If you have time/patience, refrigerate for 1 hour (makes it easier/neater to cut)
- Preheat oven to 350F/180C.
- Cut each log into four equal lengths, or just two if you want full size sausage rolls. Brush with egg.
- Place on 2 baking trays lined with baking paper (or sprayed with oil). Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, swapping trays halfway, or until the pastry is deep golden brown.
- Cool on trays. Serve warm or at room temperature.
2. Panko breadcrumbs are Japanese breadcrumbs which are larger than normal ones. For crumbed/breaded things, it makes them even crunchier. For fillings, they make the filling less dense, more moist. You can find them in the Asian section of most supermarkets in Australia nowadays (see here for Woolworths) and even alongside normal breadcrumbs.
You can substitute for normal breadcrumbs, but reduce the quantity to ½ cup otherwise the filling won't be as moist.
3. Puff pastry in Australia comes in sheets that are 25 x 25cm / 10 x 10" squares. Cut them in half so you have five 25 x 12.5cm / 10 x 5" rectangles.
4. To make ahead: Best assembled, cut, then frozen unbaked. Place in an airtight container in single layers with baking paper between each layer. Brush with egg wash (optional - could just spray with oil, helps make it golden). Bake from frozen for 40 minutes.
It is perfectly safe to thaw then refreeze puff pastry, it is not like meat. If you want the absolute best results, use a puff pastry made with a combination of butter and oil/shortening because it will puff up better after thawing. But the difference is negligible. Another great tip I learnt from Cook’s Illustrated!
5. Recipe originally published June 2014. Republished with new photos, new words but the same recipe (just tidied up the writing a bit!).
6. Nutrition per sausage roll. If you use low fat / turkey bacon, it reduces to 205 calories. If you use "light" puff pastry, it reduces to 150 calories.
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Homemade Sausage Rolls nutrition, per sausage roll. If you use low fat / turkey bacon, it reduces to 205 calories. If you use reduced fat puff pastry, it reduces to 150 calories.
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