I’m not sure who first came up with the idea of wrapping meat in pastry, but the sausage roll is an English invention. Easy to make, easy to freeze, they make a nice addition to the savory side of your offerings.
Traditionally sausage rolls are larger fare, but these are cut to be finger food. You can make them larger if you like, adjusting baking time accordingly.
Lil’ Sausage Rolls (makes approximately 28 bite-size rolls)
1 small onion, chopped or 1/3 cup (80ml)
1 Tbsp. (15ml) olive oil
3/4 lb. (340g) breakfast sausage, casings removed
2 Tbsp. (30ml) chopped parsley
1/2 teaspoon (2.5ml) mixed herbs (sage and thyme are good, but use what appeals to you)
2 Tbsp. (30ml) Parmesan cheese, grated
1 egg at room temperature plus splash of water for egg wash
2 premade sheets puff pastry (I used Trader Joe’s that were about 12 inches (30cm) square
Flour for dusting
Preheat oven to 400° F (205° C).
Sauté chopped onion in olive oil over medium heat until soft and lightly golden, about 5 minutes. Set aside to cool.
In a medium sized bowl, add sausage meat, parsley, herbs, and Parmesan cheese. Once cool, add onions.
Mix all ingredients together. It’s best to use your (clean) hands. Make sure all ingredients are distributed evenly.
Divide sausage mixture into four portions.
Remove puff pastry from freezer, and let sit at room temperature for ten minutes until pliable.
Place sheets on a cutting board lightly dusted with flour. Cut sheets in half and brush edges with egg wash.
Place one portion of the sausage mixture on each half of the pastry, shaping the mixture until it runs the length of the pastry. Fold one edge of the pastry over the other. Using a fork, crimp the long edge. Brush rolls with egg wash. Cut into however many pieces you like. I cut each roll into seven.
Put the rolls on a parchment lined baking sheet. If freezing, place uncovered in the freezer for 30 minutes until hard enough to put in airtight containers or bags and put in the freezer.
If baking, bake in preheated oven for approximately 30 minutes until golden brown and cooked through. Check them at 15 minutes to see how they’re doing. They might be done sooner.