Sausage rolls are very popular over here in the UK. You will see them for sale in all of the bake shops and cafes and of course at most pot lucks/parties, etc. there is usually the obligatory tray of sausage rolls to feast on. People really like them. Myself, I am not overly fond of shop bought sausage rolls. There's usually a too high pastry to sausage meat ration on them, and more often than not they seem to use cheap and nasty sausage meat in them. I can't abide cheap and nasty sausage meat! It's pasty and fatty and just ugh . . .
That's not a problem when you make your own Sausage Rolls however! You can make sure that there is more meat than pastry, and you can make sure that the meat used is quality! I first had these at my friend Joy's about ten years ago when Todd and I popped down to South Wales for a weekend visit. Joy had made these for lunch and they were absolutely fabulous!
Delicious and meaty with just the right proportions of meat and pasty, they are also very easy to make. Probably a lot easier than you think . . . especially if you use ready made puff pastry!
You simply mix raw sausage meat (removed from the casings) with some chopped onion, bread crumbs and an egg. You will want to use a nice spicy sausage, or at least I do. Cumberland are my favourite! Then once you have the meat mixed together, you just shape the mixture into logs, roll it up in the pastry, cut, glaze and bake in the oven. Easy peasy!
The egg glaze gives them a really lovely colour. They are great served warm or cold or at room temperature, which makes them perfect for parties, or for picnics or even to pop into lunch boxes. They also free very well.
I hope you will give them a go! If you want to really make sure you have a lovely flavoured sausage meat, why not make your own? I tell you how here. It's really simple.
*Joy's Sausage Rolls*Makes a dozen