Homemade Sausage Rolls

With the weekend forecast to be a good’un we decided to go for a picnic. And what does every picnic need? Sausage rolls of course! But not just any sausage rolls, oh no; you just can’t beat homemade sausages rolls!

These delicious bite-sized snacks are flavoursome, meaty and crispy and are the finger food of the gods. There’s nothing fancy about this recipe either, just plain old fashioned sausage rolls. So, ready to roll?

You will need;

Ready to roll puff pastry

8 good pork sausages

1 onion chopped finely

Sage

Salt and pepper

1 egg

Start by taking the sausage meat out of it’s casing. To do this simply slit the skins and squidge (technical term) the meat out into a bowl. Then, add your finely (and we mean finely) chopped onions and sage. Time to get your hands dirty! Combine the ingredients until everything’s mixed together evenly.

When it comes to pastry laziness is always acceptable. For this recipe you’ll only need half a block of the ready to roll puff pastry, which is perfect because it means you’ve got a great excuse to make Cinnamon Twists with the left overs.

On a well floured surface, and using a well floured rolling pin, roll the pastry out into an oblong. We could get all technical with measurements here but no one is seriously going to measure the pastry. So roll until it looks as though you can get three strips from it.

Next, take your sausage meat mixture and lay it along the strips of pastry, making sure you reach both ends. Dampen one edge of the pastry with a beaten egg (using a pastry brush) and roll your strips up. The egg wash will simply seal the pastry and help it stick together.

Brush the tops of the pastry rolls with a little more egg wash (this will give them that lovely golden colour) and season with plenty of pepper.

Take a sharp knife and cut your sausage rolls into roughly 1 inch lengths (that’s bite size to you and me) and then with a pair of scissors, make a snip in each roll (this will allow for any steam to escape during cooking).

Bake in the centre of a pre-heated oven (400 F/2oo c) for 20-25 minutes or until the little beauties look like this. Remove from the oven and place on a wire rack to cool down ready to serve as nibbles to guests or pack away in your picnic hamper.

These divine little bites were a huge hit at our picnic and disappeared in a flash. Of course, no picnic would be complete without a game of rounders too. So, after there was no food left to eat we dusted off our competitive sides and spent the rest of the afternoon running around on the Queens lawn (the Long Walk, Windsor). A day well spent!

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