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Satisfying Sage and Pork Sausage Rolls

The sausage roll is everyone’s favorite finger food, originating in France in the early 19th century. Since then, it’s undergone many changes over time, moving beyond traditional fillings like pork or minced beef to chicken, turkey, lamb, spinach and ricotta, chorizo and even Middle Eastern, Asian, Indian and Mexican flavours. If you can imagine it, you can make a sausage roll with it.

Ridiculously easy to eat and very moreish, sausage rolls are guaranteed to fill a hole, whether you’re feeling peckish or downright ravenous. You can eat them on the go, in one hand, with carbs and protein all in one mouthful, making them one of the most versatile snacks around.

You can even pimp them up by adding some dipping sauces or making small, cocktail-size versions for perfect party food. Ring in the changes by adding some sprinkles on top, like sesame seeds, poppy seeds, fennel seeds or spices. Whichever way you wish to make them, they’re always incredibly delicious.

Satisfying Sage and Pork Sausage Rolls

Servings: makes 8 – 10   Time: 1 hour   Difficulty: Easy 


  • 2 x 400g store-bought puff pastry, defrosted
  • 500g pork sausages, removed from casings
  • 200g streaky bacon, chopped
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 2 apples, peeled and grated, with excess moisture squeezed out
  • Small handful sage leaves, roughly chopped
  • Handful of parsley leaves, roughly chopped
  • 60g fresh breadcrumbs
  • 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
  • 50g pistachio nuts, roughly chopped
  • 100g mature cheddar cheese, grated
  • 100g mozzarella cheese, grated
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • Handful of poppy and sesame seeds
  • Tomato sauce or sweet chilli sauce, to serve


  1. Pre-heat oven to 200 degrees Celsius / 400 degrees Fahrenheit
  2. Line a baking tray with baking paper and set aside until needed
  3. Fry the bacon in a saucepan over a medium heat for 5 minutes
  4. Remove the bacon and set aside on paper towel to absorb excess oil
  5. Once drained, transfer to a large bowl and add the sausage meat that has been removed from the casings
  6. Add the onion, garlic, grated apples, chopped sage and parsley, breadcrumbs, mustard, pistachio nuts, cheddar, and mozzarella cheese
  7. Mix until well combined and set aside
  8. On a floured surface, roll out one of the pastry sheets to smooth it out, set aside
  9. Roughly mould half of the meat mixture into a 42cm long sausage
  10. Place the meat on one edge of the pastry sheet
  11. Brush the opposite edge of the pastry with the beaten egg
  12. Carefully roll the pastry to enclose the filling, creating a tight sausage shape as you go
  13. Repeat with the other sheet of pastry
  14. Place the sausage rolls seam side down on the prepared baking tray
  15. Brush the tops of the sausage rolls with the balance of the beaten egg and sprinkle poppy and sesame seeds on top
  16. Bake in the pre-heated oven until golden, about 40 minutes
  17. Remove from the oven and when cooled a little, cut the roll into thick slices
  18. Serve warm with the tomato or sweet chilli sauce for dipping

These sausage rolls freeze extremely well, so make a double helping and freeze one (before brushing with egg) and, when needed, just defrost, brush with egg and bake. Ready meals for days when you have a busy schedule.

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