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Sausage Rolls are a seasoned, fresh sausage wrapped in a flaky, buttery pastry. They are delicious for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, or as an appetizer.
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Sausage rolls are one of the most popular snacks in Australia and Europe, and we know why! They are an elevated version of the American “pigs in a blanket.” These puff pastry sausage rolls have a mix of savory flavors and textures that are filling and delicious. You can buy them at bakeries, grocery stores, and food stands when traveling in these countries, but with this easy recipe – you can make them anytime at home.
Ingredients in Sausage Rolls
- First of all, quality, fresh sausage is the key to making delicious sausage rolls. The unique blend of signature seasonings found in Jimmy Dean Premium Pork Sausage makes it the perfect sausage for this recipe. It has the best flavor! It is the only sausage mixture I use in this recipe. For an extra kick, I sometimes use the Jimmy Dean Premium Pork Hot Sausage. For a healthier version of these rolls, turkey or chicken sausage can also be used.
- Next, you’ll need puff pastry sheets. For this recipe, we use store-bought puff pastry sheets, found in the freezer section of most grocery stores. You can also use homemade puff pastry dough.
- Then, some breadcrumbs, milk, minced garlic and paprika to add into your sausage mixture. You could also use additional spices like garlic powder, onion powder, thyme, dried or fresh sage, if you have some on hand.
- Add equal portions of kosher salt and black pepper for seasoning.
- Finally, an egg wash on top gives these rolls that golden, delicious crust.
Dips and Sauces for Sausage Rolls
These rolls taste great on their own, but if you are dip or sauce person, try one of these. Australians will sometimes dip them in ketchup, which is more of a tomato sauce than the ketchup we have here in the United States. Try dipping in barbecue sauce, mustard, marinara sauce, Alfredo sauce, country gravy, or cheese sauce for an added delicious flavor.
Our Story of Australian Sausage Rolls
Here is a little history on how these delicious, golden brown Sausage Rolls came to be a favorite family recipe. My husband, Beau, lived in Australia for two years and these homemade sausage rolls were one of his favorite things to eat. He begged me for years to make them for him. I was hesitant because I didn’t want him to be disappointed if they didn’t taste the same as he remembered.
Since I had never had them myself, it was a little hard to know if I was making them correctly. Many of the Australian ingredients are different than the ingredients we find here in the United States. There was no way to tell if they would end up tasting the same. I finally got up the courage to give them a shot and read several Australian recipes before adapting my own version that seemed the closest to the type that my husband loved. I am relieved to tell you that they got his high approval! He said that they tasted perfect and brought back all kinds of memories of his time there! Yay!
Storing and Reheating Leftovers
This recipe makes a big batch of rolls, which is great for feeding a crowd. However, if you do have some leftovers, here’s what to do:
- Allow the sausage rolls to cool completely after baking.
- Place the extra rolls in an airtight container and refrigerate.
- Reheat using one of the methods below within 5 days.
- Allow the sausage rolls to cool completely after baking.
- Place the cooled sausage rolls on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, making sure they are not touching each other.
- Place the baking sheet in the freezer and let the sausage rolls freeze for about an hour or until they are firm.
- Once frozen, transfer the sausage rolls into an airtight freezer-safe container or resealable freezer bag. Make sure to remove any excess air, then seal.
- Label the containers or bags with the date and contents for easy identification.
- Place the sausage rolls back in the freezer, where they can be stored for up to 3 months.
- Thaw rolls in the refrigerator and reheat using one of the following methods.
- Air Fryer: Use the reheat button on your Air Fryer or set the temperature at 350 degrees and air fry for 5 minutes.
- Microwave: Wrap the roll in a paper towel and heat for approximately 1 minute.
- Oven: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Bake for 10-15 minutes or until the sausage is heated through and the puff pastry is crispy on the outside.
More Sausage Recipes
In addition to Australian sausage rolls, we have many other delicious recipes that feature sausage as a star ingredient.
How to Make Sausage Rolls
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For the egg wash:
- 1 large egg
- 1 tablespoon water
- Be sure to follow the directions on the puff pastry package so your dough is thawed properly and is ready to use. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
- Unfold dough onto a lightly floured surface. You should have 2 big squares. Cut each square in half to create 4 long rectangles.
- Combine the Jimmy Dean Premium Pork Sausage, bread crumbs, milk, garlic, paprika, salt and pepper in a large bowl or food processor and mix until all the ingredients are thoroughly incorporated.
- Divide the sausage mix evenly into 4 sections and make a long tube down each rectangle pastry.
- Roll the pastry up over the Jimmy Dean Premium Pork Sausage and pinch the seam side together. Cut each roll into 4 sections with a sharp knife.
- Line a baking tray with parchment paper. Place the sections on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
- Mix the egg wash together and brush each roll with it. Then sprinkle on a little paprika.
- Bake at 425 for only 5 minutes. Then reduce heat to 350 and bake 30-35 more minutes. The rolls should look puffed and golden and the sausage in the center should be cooked through.
- Allow them to cool for 10 minutes then serve.
- These are traditionally eaten plain or dipped in ketchup. They are also delicious dipped in barbecue sauce, marinara, alfredo sauce, country gravy, and cheese sauce.
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