Superior Sausage Rolls with Crackling Crumb

I can’t claim these have any unique health benefits but they are a cut above normal sausage rolls in terms of flavour and content. I have added dried fruit for sweetness and fibre, diluting the meat down and complementing the veg therein. The overall effect is still of succulent “man food”, wonderful warm straight from the oven and a handy “grab and go” snack to add to salad for lunch.

You can assemble these in advance and hold them uncooked in the freezer, ready for unexpected guests or passing hungry rugby players.

These were prepped whilst having a slow roasted pork on the go, hence the addition of the chopped dry crackling over the top – soooo delicious but not by all means necessary.

Make your life easier by using ready made low fat puff pastry (we have to cut some calories somewhere!).

Superior Sausage Rolls – Makes 9 medium or 16 small

1 x tbsp coconut or Carotino oil

2 x small red onions, finely chopped

1 x clove of garlic, minced

500g best quality pork sausage meat or sausages, meat squeezed from the skins

small handful of flat leaf parsley, chopped

50g dried apricots, chopped

30g walnuts, chopped

50g dried dates, chopped

50g wholewheat breadcrumbs

1 x large egg, whisked

1/2 tsp freshly grated nutmeg

salt and pepper to season

egg wash or2 x tbsp milk to glaze

500g packet of low fat puff pastry

poppy seeds and/or finely chopped, crumbled crackling to decorate


Get the oven on to 200 degrees/Gas 6. Take a small frying pan and gently soften the onion and garlic in the oil until fragrant and transparent. Cool.

Combine the onion mixture and all the other filling ingredients with seasoning into a bowl and squash and squeeze with your (clean!) hands until well mixed.

Lay out the pastry on a floured surface and divide into three equal parts across the width of the sheet. Then divide the sausage mixture equally across the three, squeezing the meat into long strips stopping just short of the end of the pastry edge.

Take the egg wash or milk and run it along the long edge of each before turning the pastry over to form the three rolls, sealing the edges as you go with the tip of a fork. You can then divide these as you see fit size wise but not too small as you’ll lose the shape.

Wash the tops of the sausage rolls with the milk or egg wash and sprinkle the poppy seeds and crackling over the top, pressing down lightly into the pastry so they don’t twang off when cooking.

At this point you can get these into the freezer if you want to save them for another day. Pop them in baking sheet and all until frozen, then transfer to a freezer box or bag so they will keep. If you can’t wait that long, into the oven with them for 20-25 mins until golden.

When ready, cool for a few minutes on a wire rack before you call the hoards in to finish them off like a bunch of hungry monkeys.



24 Comments Add yours

  1. Skippy says:

    You’ve made my mouth water and now I’m off to the shops to buy the ingredients……yummm!


    1. Let me know how you get on – send a photo! X


  2. Joanne says:

    Oh boy. Those look yummy. I will have to learn to cut this recipe down since there are only two in my house to feed. Will have to give this a try.


    1. Make the lot and hoard them in the freezer for impromptu lunches and picnics


  3. This looks absolutely amazing, my mouth is watering just looking at the pictures. Can’t wait to try this recipe.


    1. Can’t deny they are delicious!


  4. These look amazing! I love how simple they are, too – I think they’d make a great quick school-night dinner.


  5. They are a life saver, particularly when you are up to your eyeballs and want something tasty and filling!


  6. This looks so yummy. I want to steal this recipe its so good!


  7. Kim says:

    What a mouth-watering post! I’m seriously craving this right now. Thank you for sharing this recipe!! Will keep this bookmarked!


  8. toastycritic says:

    The sausage rolls look good. I am curious as to whether my daughter would love them. The ingredients sound interesting as well.


  9. When we lived in the UK we used to buy the best vegan sausage rolls we have ever had. Just amazing, better then any meat ones we’ve had. They were by Linda McCartney. If you are ever in the UK check them out.


  10. Alfonzowords says:

    WOW! that looks absolutely mouth watering and heavenly! I would love to try this out for dinner. thanks


  11. I love the mix of fruits and vegetables to lean the meat out and add a distinct flavor.


  12. Elizabeth O. says:

    These are perfect for entertaining, especially if it’s game day or movie night. I think it’s nice that you can freeze them ahead of time and just cook them when you need them.


  13. Wow that looks amazing! This is definitely something I would love to try and I know my family would love it too!


  14. elizabethbrico says:

    Wow I don’t think I’ve ever heard of the date addition to something like this. Interesting.


  15. Milica says:

    This looks delicious! I have to mame this for my family!


  16. Omg, Yummy looks an easy recipe and I want to cook this for our dinner! Glad you share this with us


  17. Leo T. Ly says:

    After seeing the delicious picture, I definitely agree that these sausages are man food approved. This is the perfect complement to game day along with chicken wings.


  18. Pammy says:

    Simple recipe and I’m sure it’s delicious! I love all kinds of sausage!


  19. Laura says:

    Does the fruit make them a little sweet? I’ve not tried making sausage rolls before.


  20. beautyaddictmama says:

    I’m vegetarian but my little girls love sausage rolls so I guess they’d love these! I like the idea of leaning out the red meat as I try not to give them too much.


  21. Next Level Blogging says:

    These ook absolutely delicious! I will pin for my followers!


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