(Australian, New Zealand sausage-stuffed puff pastry)
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Popular in New Zealand and Australia, sausage rolls are eaten for breakfast, lunch or as appetizers at parties and get-togethers. Served hot or cold, they are often sold at small food stores called "tuck shops" as a quick meal.
Makes 16 sausage rolls, or 4 to 6 servings
- Puff pastry -- 2 sheets (1 17.3-ounce package)
- Bulk pork sausage -- 2 pounds
- Onion, finely chopped -- 1
- Breadcrumbs -- 1 cup
- Salt and pepper -- to season
- Milk or cream -- 1/2 cup
- Egg, beaten with 1 tablespoon water -- 1
- Preheat oven to 425°F. In a large bowl, mix together the sausage, onion, breadcrumbs, salt, pepper and milk or cream.
- Unfold the puff pastry onto a lightly floured work surface. Cut each sheet in two lengthwise to make four long rectangles. Form a log of sausage down the center of each puff pastry sheet, leaving a 1-inch edge. Starting from a long edge, roll the puff pastry up and over the sausage, brushing the edge with the beaten egg to seal. Pinch the ends closed.
- Cut each roll into quarters. Place the rolls seam-side down on a parchment or wax paper-lined baking sheet and brush the tops with the egg wash.
- Place in the oven and bake for 5 minutes. Reduce heat to 350°F, and bake for another 30 to 35 minutes, or until the pastry is puffed and golden and the sausage is cooked through.
- Let cool for a few minutes, then serve with ketchup.
Sausage Roll Variations
- Add extra flavorings to your sausage mix as you like: chopped parsley, thyme, curry powder, crumbled sage, garlic powder, paprika.
- Appetizer Portions: Cut each rolled up puff pastry log into 8 portions instead of 4 to make appetizer-sized sausage rolls. Adjust down the cooking time to allow for the smaller size.
- Sprinkle the rolls with sesame seeds or paprika before baking.