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June 12, 2023

Sausage Rolls

Savory, flakey golden-brown sausage rolls may be the new favorite appetizer at the party! They taste great warm and at room temperature and come together in less than an hour.


homemade sausage rolls on a black and white striped plate with a small bowl of ketchup on the plate
Photography by Gayle McLeod

Sausage Rolls for Everyone!

If you’re thinking to yourself, what are sausage rollsthey are a popular, timeless snack (and a delicious appetizer) made from golden-brown puff pastry and savory pork sausage, usually enjoyed in the UK and New Zealand. A great afternoon pick-me-up for kids and adults alike, these British sausage rolls pull together in about 40 minutes. Although equally appetizing, they are not to be confused with Beer Brats or Pigs in a Blanket. If you haven’t tried these crispy, flavorful, easy-to-make bites yet, one time is all it takes to declare your love for them.

ingredients for sausage rolls shown in small bowls including sausage, sage, pastry dough, parmesan cheese, eggs, breadcrumbs.

Sausage Roll Ingredients

And..what is in sausage rolls? Sausage rolls are made with flakey, buttery puff pastry and herby, seasoned pork sausage. They can be served hot or cold; sometimes, you’ll even find a side of ketchup or mustard!

In our recipe for sausage rolls, you’ll need the following:

  • Ground pork sausage

  • Fennel seeds

  • Parmesan cheese

  • Apple or pear chutney

  • Fresh sage

  • Large eggs

  • Onion

  • Kosher salt

  • Freshly cracked black pepper

  • Store-bought puff pastry

Ketchup and other favorite condiments like Garlic Aioli or Honey Mustard for serving

ingredients for sausage rolls in a large glass bowl including breadcrumbs, eggs, cheese, sausage, sage and pear chutney
raw sausage mixture shaped in a cylinder on a rectangular piece of pastry
uncooked sausage rolls arranged on a baking sheet with a knife alongside
twelve uncooked sausage rolls arranged on a rimmed baking sheet and brushed with egg

How to Make Sausage Rolls

Follow these easy step-by-step instructions for how long to cook sausage rolls:

  1. Prep! Preheat the oven to 400°F. Make space on the counter for a lightly floured surface!

  2. Combine! Mix all the ingredients, except the puff pastry and one egg, in a bowl just until combined! Pro Tip: Do not over-mix!

  3. Assemble: Roll the puff pastry out into an 8x10, then cut it in half, lengthwise, to form a 4x10-inch rectangle. Split the dough into 4 equal parts. Shape the sausage on the dough, into a long cylindrical sausage down the length of the puff pastry, leaving one side of the dough exposed. Lightly brush the exposed puff pastry on the opposite edge of the 4x10 with the egg wash. Wrap the puff pastry over it and pinch the sides. Cut into three pieces. Then brush with the remaining egg wash and cut slits!

  4. Bake and enjoy these pork sausage rolls! Bake for 30-35 minutes or until the dough is golden brown. Serve alongside your favorite condiments, like White Cheddar Cheese Beer Dip.

twelve sausage rolls baked on a rimed baking sheet

Tips For Making Homemade Sausage Rolls

A few things we like to keep in mind when making puff pastry sausage rolls:

  1. Sausage rolls are super versatile – make them your own by adding cheese, veggies, trying new seasonings, or swapping out the type of ground protein (including plant-based alternatives!)

  2. Don’t try to make homemade puff pastry – unless you’re a pro; as Ina Garten says, “store-bought is fine!” Especially when it comes to puff pastry. Follow the directions on the box for thawing.

  3. Have fun and get the kids involved – while some appetizers or meals seem complicated and ARE complicated, this dish looks fancy but really isn’t. It’s a great opportunity to involve your kids when it comes to placing the sausage and rolling them. They can also customize them easily, and no matter what, they always come out mouthwatering! It’s a win-win!

ten sausage rolls shown on a black and white striped plate

How To Store Homemade Sausage Rolls

While we love to eat them directly off the baking sheet fresh out of the oven, these are just as great at room temperature as they are warm, making them perfect for a picnic! Although we doubt there will be leftovers, to store them, place them in an airtight container. They will last up to 5 days in the refrigerator.

Can You Freeze Sausage Rolls?

Because these delicious sausage rolls are so good, you’ll probably ask yourself this question. The answer is undoubtedly yes. Before you finish with the egg wash and cut slits into the tops of the sausage rolls, you can freeze the unbaked ones in an airtight, freezer-safe container. Store in the freezer for up to 3 months. Then, when ready to bake, remove from the freezer, separate, and bring to room temperature. Brush with egg wash and create slits. Bake for 30-35 minutes at 400°F until golden brown. Ta-Da!

homemade sausage rolls on a black and white striped plate with a small bowl of ketchup on the plate

What To Serve With Sausage Rolls

We’ve got the best ways to enjoy warm and flakey sausage rolls, by themselves OR whip up a side of Homemade French Fries or Grilled Sweet Potato Fries and a side of Fry Sauce. They’re just perfect paired with Green Beans with Apples and Sage Butter, and a Classic Potato Salad for an easy dinner idea. Healthify it with a bright side of veggies. We love a Kale Salad with Pumpkin Seed Clusters, Zat’ar Roasted Carrots with Feta and Pumpkin Seeds, Roasted Fennel, or Perfectly Roasted Broccoli!

Tools You’ll Need for Easy Sausage Rolls

closeup of sausage rolls being dipped in a small bowl of ketchup

More Favorite Snacks and Bites!

We love anything poppable, cravable, or a little bite of goodness, like these sausage rolls. Some of our favorite snacks are:

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Sausage Rolls

  • Serves: 6
  • Prep Time:  20 min
  • Cook Time:  20 min
  • Calories: 302


  • 1½ pounds ground pork sausage
  • 2 teaspoons fennel seeds
  • ½ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 4 tablespoons apple or pear chutney
  • 2 tablepsoons finely chopped fresh sage
  • 2 large eggs
  • half of an onion, grated
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper
  • 2 sheets store bought puff pastry, thawed, chilled
  • ketchup for serving


  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F with a rack in the center position. Line a large baking sheet with parchment.

  2. In a large bowl combine pork, fennel, parmesan, chutney, sage, 1 egg, onion, salt, and pepper.

  3. On a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough into two 8x10-inch rectangles. Halve lengthwise to create four 4x10-inch rectangles.

  4. Divide the sausage mixture into 4 equal portions and place on the bottom half of each rectangle. Form sausage mixture into a long cylindrical patty the length of the pastry strip. In a small bowl, mix 1 tablespoon of water with the remaining egg. Brush the exposed pastry edges of each rectangle with ½ of the egg wash.

  5. Roll the pastry over the sausage and gently press to seal the edges.

  6. Cut each roll into 3 pieces each and arrange them on the prepared baking sheet, seam sides down. Brush the rolls with the remaining egg wash and cut two diagonal 1-inch slits into each.

  7. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until the dough is golden brown.

  8. Serve warm with ketchup for dipping or allow to cool completely before storing in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

To freeze these sausage rolls:

Before finishing with the egg wash and cutting slits into the tops, you can opt to freeze the unbaked sausage rolls in an airtight, freezer-safe container. Store in the freezer for up to 3 months. When ready to bake, remove from the freezer, separate, and bring to room temperature. Brush with egg wash and create slits. Bake for 30-35 minutes at 400°F until golden brown.

Nutrition Info

  • Per Serving
  • Amount
  • Calories302
  • Protein14 g
  • Carbohydrates11 g
  • Total Fat24 g
  • Dietary Fiber3 g
  • Cholesterol114 mg
  • sodium655 mg
  • Total Sugars4 g

Sausage Rolls

Questions & Reviews

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  • Lisa

    If I’m freezing the sausage rolls prior to sealing with the egg wash, should I simply “close” the pastry over the sausage mixture, then wrap with Saran/wax paper/parchment and store in the freezer? Thanks!

    Hi Lisa. Sure! We'd freeze them on a parchment lines baking sheet for an hour or two then wrap them individually and place them in a freezer bag in the freezer. Enjoy!

  • Natalie

    Hi! My son is allergic to egg and I was wondering if I could omit the egg and just brush with oil?


  • Jocelyn

    Pork sausage as in - italian sausage or breakfast sausage?

    You want unflavored ground pork. Hope you enjoy Jocelyn!

  • Jessie

    This recipe looks so good! Could I make these more 'bite sized' by cutting 4-5 rolls instead of cutting into 3?

    Sure! Hope you enjoy Jessie.

  • Camden

    Are they gluten free and dairy free

    They are neither, sorry Camden.

  • MK

    Made these for Christmas brunch and we all loved them! I’ve never used chutney in cooking before, so I wasn’t sure what to expect but the flavor was PERFECT! (*I used apple ginger chutney from Cardamom Hills Trading for this recipe. 4 tablespoons of it might look like a lot but I don’t recommend using less.) I forgot to serve them with ketchup as they were so flavorful, but I’m sure they’ll pair wonderfully with tomato soup in colder months, too. Thank you so much for this great recipe!

    Thanks so much, we are so happy you loved it MK!

  • Kristine

    These were so good! Ours oozed a little (I think our chutney was super juicy) but that actually made really yummy crispy edges :) I put half in the freezer which is good because if I baked them all I think we would have eaten too much!

    Thanks Kristine, so happy you loved them!

  • Jenn

    Wow, to say these were a hit was an understatement. We all loved them!

    That's great to hear, thanks Jenn!