If you’re a fan of savory pastries that are both comforting and delicious, look no further than the classic sausage roll. This delectable treat is a staple in many households, perfect for a cozy breakfast, a quick snack, or even a party appetizer. Making sausage rolls from scratch may sound intimidating, but fear not – with this detailed recipe, you’ll be creating golden, flaky pastries filled with seasoned sausage in no time.
For the Pastry:
- 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 cup unsalted butter, cold and cubed
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup cold water
For the Sausage Filling:
- 1 pound high-quality ground pork sausage
- 1/2 cup breadcrumbs
- One teaspoon of dried thyme
- One teaspoon of dried sage
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
- One egg (for egg wash)
Prepare the Pastry:
In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour and salt.
Add the cold, cubed butter to the flour mixture. Using a pastry cutter or your fingertips, work the butter into the flour until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
Gradually add the cold water, mixing until the dough comes together. Be careful not to overmix.
Divide the dough into two equal portions, shape each into a rectangle, wrap in plastic wrap, and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
Make the Sausage Filling:
In a mixing bowl, combine the ground pork sausage, breadcrumbs, thyme, sage, black pepper, garlic powder, and nutmeg. Mix until well combined.
Set the sausage filling aside.
Assemble the Sausage Rolls:
Preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C).
On a lightly floured surface, roll out one portion of the chilled pastry into a rectangle of about 1/8 inch thickness.
Spread half of the sausage filling evenly over the rolled-out pastry, leaving a small border around the edges.
Carefully roll the pastry over the sausage filling, creating a log shape. Seal the edges by pressing them together.
Repeat the process with the second portion of pastry and the remaining sausage filling.
Place both sausage rolls on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
Bake to Perfection:
Beat the egg and brush it over the tops of the sausage rolls for a golden finish.
Using a sharp knife, make small slits on the top of each roll to allow steam to escape.
Bake in the preheated oven for 25-30 minutes or until the pastry is golden brown and cooked through.
Remove from the oven and let the sausage rolls cool for a few minutes before slicing.
Serve and Enjoy:
Slice the sausage rolls into bite-sized pieces and serve warm.
These savory delights are perfect on their own or accompanied by your favorite dipping sauce.
Congratulations! You’ve just mastered the art of making homemade sausage rolls. The buttery, flaky pastry combined with the flavorful sausage filling is sure to make these treats a hit at any gathering. Whether you enjoy them for breakfast, brunch, or as a party appetizer, these sausage rolls are bound to become a favorite in your culinary repertoire. So, roll up your sleeves and indulge in the satisfaction of creating delicious, homemade pastries.