Pork and Vegetable Sausage Rolls … Homemade …

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I love making my own sausage rolls because I get to create using beautiful fresh ingredients without any nasty preservatives. They’re also a versatile snack because you can add whatever vegetable you have in the fridge and add or take away whatever your family doesn’t like. I often make these for lunch or dinner on a Sunday as they are a quick and easy meal and I also get enough for the kids lunches on a Monday. I’m lucky that they will eat these cold and they are a perfect alternative to their traditional sandwiches and wraps. My kids love these and I have to say, it was very quiet around the table at lunchtime, as everyone was too busy gobbling up these little gems!

Pork and Vegetable Sausage Rolls … Homemade …
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Serves: 16
Ingredients …
  • 500g minced pork
  • 1 spanish onion (medium), grated
  • 1 carrot (medium), peeled and grated
  • 1 zucchini (medium), grated
  • 1 clove garlic (large), crushed
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1 tbspn mixed herbs
  • salt to season
Method …
  1. Preheat oven to 200C and line two baking trays with baking paper.
  2. Combine all ingredients (except puff pastry) in a single bowl and mix by hand to ensure ingredients are well combined.
  3. Place one sheet of puff pastry on a large flat surface.
  4. Divide the mince mixture into four equal portions, make one portion into a thick sausage-like roll and lay it lengthways on the puff pastry sheet.
  5. Trim the edge of the puff pastry sheet if there is too much, roll up the pastry firmly to encase the mince mixture and turn so the edge of the seam is on the bottom.
  6. Cut the roll into four equal pieces and place these on one of the prepared baking trays. Repeat with the rest of the mince mixture and pastry sheets. When finished, there will be 16 large sausage rolls.
  7. Brush the top of each sausage roll with milk using a pastry brush and, if desired, sprinkle with sesame seeds.
  8. Bake for 20 – 22 minutes or until the pastry is puffed and golden brown.
  9. Transfer the sausage rolls to a cooling rack and allow to cool for 5 minutes, then serve with your favourite sauce.

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Clever Tricks, Tips and Hints …

  • I think the secret to a good, homemade sausage roll is to make sure the mince mixture is not too moist. This is easy to overcome by simply increasing the amount of breadcrumbs, which will help absorb the extra moisture.

  • A couple of tips for working with puff pastry. It freezes really well and can be stored in the freezer for up to 6 months. I’ve found a large zip lock bag is the perfect size … just remember to write on the outside of the bag the date that you froze it so you know how old it is. Remove only as many sheets as you need to use and defrost it by separating the layers, covering with plastic wrap and leaving on the kitchen bench for approximately 15 minutes. Once thawed, try to work with it while it’s still cold as Puff Pastry works best when cold.

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  • These are perfect for lunchboxes if you can tempt your kids to eat them cold. Pop in a small container of their favourite sauce and they’ll be the envy of their friends. We had these for Sunday lunch and then I made my daughter’s lunchbox straight away with fruit, crackers and cheese, yoghurt, a small salad, a muffin and a drink … less for me to do in the morning.

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  1. I love your little forks – very cute. And yes, the only sausage roll worth eating is a homemade one. I love the look of yours and they’re making me very hungry xx

    • Sorry they’ve made you hungry, Charlie but they are so delicious … also great for party food!

  2. I do a very similar one for when hubby goes away and I want to give him a meal in one item!

    • Perfect, isn’t it … everything combined in a delicious little parcel that can be eaten using only one hand!

  3. I don’t think I can go back to eating bought sausage rolls anymore, homemade are just too good!

  4. These look so good! And I am always a fan of getting extra veges into any meal.

    • My kids will eat most veggies but I still love to “smuggle” some extras in at every opportunity!

  5. I love making homemade sausage rolls – you can roll a whole meal into one thing and eat it any time of the day. Perfect. Will have to try your recipe.

  6. Now that’s something I’ve never made – home made sausage rolls. Bookmarking so I can come back and try it one day soon!

    Visiting from #teamIBOT x

  7. I love home made sausage rolls! I would dearly love to be able to make my own puff pastry as well. One day.

    • I haven’t been adventurous enough to make my own puff pastry either, Jess … I think it’s one of those things that can be so conveniently bought at the supermarket that I’ve never even thought of it. If you do make it, let me know how it goes!

  8. I hadn’t thought of sausage rolls as a lunch box item, what a good idea!

    • It’s a great alternative to a sandwich and if you can tempt the kids to eat some of these leftover foods cold, it will open up a whole range of foods that you can add to lunch boxes. I’m lucky that my kids will eat most things cold, which means they end up with loads of variety at lunchtime!

  9. These look absolutely divine!! Damn it I wish we werent allergic to mammal meat because I would be smashing a whole tray of these to myself xx

    • Maybe you could try turkey instead of the pork … I think I remember you referring to turkey in one of your blog posts (then again, I could have just as easily imagined that … haha)! x

  10. These look fantastic. I’m going to make them for soon-to-be-5’s birthday party. Thank you x