Sausage Rolls Made With Shortcrust Pastry
Homemade sausage rolls made with shortcrust pastry and just 2 other ingredients. This recipe is quick, easy and it’s ready to eat in just 30 minutes!
Sausage meat wrapped in golden-brown shortcrust pastry – what more could you ask for? This British classic is perfect for gatherings, picnics and family dinners too.
Yes, everyone loves a puff pastry sausage roll – I certainly do! But trust me, sausage rolls made with shortcrust pastry are not to be missed, they too taste utterly delicious.
The pastry texture is crispy, buttery and slightly crumbly, whilst the sausage meat filling is tender, meaty and full of flavour. It’s the perfect combination…
Why You’ll Like This Recipe
- It’s a delicious and tasty snack that can be made into a filling meal
- You only need 3 ingredients and 30 minutes (including prep time)
- Made with shop-bought pastry
- It’s freezer friendly!
- No soggy bottoms with this recipe!!
I LOVE making sausage rolls, I make it over and over again because they taste too good! One of my favourites is this Giant Sausage Roll (with a plait design made from puff pastry!).
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Can You Make Sausage Rolls With Shortcrust Pastry?
Yes, you can make sausage rolls with shortcrust pastry, it’s actually a popular pastry option with puff pastry being top choice.
Using shortcrust pastry will create a sausage roll with an outer coating that is more crumbly and less flaky.
Below are the three ingredients needed for this recipe:
- Shortcrust Pastry: I used ready-made shortcrust pastry that’s pre-rolled in parchment paper. You can make homemade puff pastry from scratch, but it will add a lot of time to the recipe.
- Sausages: I like using pork sausages, but you can use any type of meat and / or flavourings you like. Remove the skin from the sausages to be left with the sausage meat. Alternatively, you can buy ready prepared sausage meat.
- Egg: A whisked egg is brushed over the pastry before being baked in the oven. This creates a beautiful golden-brown colour and it also helps to stick the pastry together. You can use milk instead, but you won’t get that golden-brown colour.
Homemade Or Shop-Bought Pastry?
There’s nothing like making your own homemade shortcrust pastry, however, I love using shop-bought pastry because it makes this recipe super quick, it’s very convenient and makes my life a lot easier!
When using shop-bought pastry, I always go for pre-rolled pastry as it’s been rolled into an even sheet of pastry for me. When making sweet recipes, I do prefer making shortcrust pastry from scratch as shop-bought pastry isn’t sweetened.
How To Make Sausage Rolls With Shortcrust Pastry
Below is a step-by-step guide on how to make shortcrust pastry sausage rolls. Full recipe instructions are on the recipe card:
Skin the sausages by removing the meat from the skins and place the sausage meat into a mixing bowl. Mix the sausage meat together until evenly combined.
Divide the sausage meat into 4 sections and form each section into a long sausage shape.
Unroll the shortcrust pastry sheet and leave it on the parchment paper that comes with it. With a pizza cutter or sharp knife, cut the pastry in half lengthways then across to create 4 quarters of pastry.
Whisk an egg and brush one section of pastry with the egg wash. Place one piece of sausage on top of the egg washed pastry and align it to the top.
Roll the pastry around the sausage meat and press the edges with your fingers. Repeat for the remaining three sheets of pastry and sausage meat.
Place the sausage rolls onto a lined baking tray and use a sharp knife to cut diagonal slits across the pastry.
To avoid a soggy bottom, chill the sausage rolls in the freezer or fridge for at least 5 to 10 minutes (10 minutes for best results). This prevents the bottom of the pastry going soggy when baking in the oven.
At this time, preheat your oven to 200°C (gas mark 6, 180°F).
Brush the whisked egg over the pastry.
Bake in the oven for 20 minutes or until the shortcrust pastry is light golden-brown and the sausage meat is cooked throughout.
How To Serve Sausage Rolls
Sausage rolls are a good snack to eat on its own, but if you’re making it for a picnic, then you might want to make these really cheesy cheese scones, these delicious chicken mayo sandwiches or this coronation chicken sandwich.
If there’s one thing I love about shortcrust pastry sausage rolls, is that you can have it fresh out of the oven, cold or at room temperature (though I prefer them warm!).
How To Store And Freeze
If you have any sausage rolls left to store, keep them in an airtight container in the fridge and eat it within 2 to 3 days.
You can eat the sausage rolls hot or cold, if you want to eat it warm, reheat it in the oven instead of the microwave to prevent the sausage rolls going soggy.
If you want to freeze the cooked sausage rolls, wait until they have cooled down completely. Then place it into an airtight container and store in the freezer. When you’re ready to eat it, bake it in the oven until piping hot throughout.
You can also make these sausage rolls ahead of time and freeze it uncooked (without being egg washed). To do this, simply place the uncooked sausage rolls in the freezer and cook from frozen when you’re ready.
My Top Tips
Make sure the shortcrust pastry is cold, cold, cold! The colder the pastry is the less sticky it will be. Use pastry that has been stored in the fridge and has been left out for 5 to 10 minutes to thaw. Leaving the pastry to thaw prevents it from breaking apart when rolling it out.
I like to wet my hands when mixing the sausage meat together as it reduces the amount of meat that ends up sticking to your hands.
Adding slits to the sausage roll pastry is not just an enticing design. The slits allow air to escape whilst the sausage rolls are baking in the oven.
When forming the sausage meat into sausage shapes, make sure it has an even level of thickness throughout. This helps to ensure an even cooking time and an even thickness in every bite.
Shortcrust Pastry Sausage Roll Recipe Variations
Below are a few ways to switch up this recipe and add extra flavour.
Change The Size: Slice the sausage rolls into mini bite-sized pieces like these homemade party sausage rolls, which would be perfect for buffets, parties and Christmas finger food.
Add Herbs & Seasonings: Fresh herbs like parsley, sage and coriander will make great additions to the sausage meat. You can also use seasonings like paprika, garlic powder and onion powder.
Make It Vegan Or Vegetarian: Luckily, Jus Rol shortcrust pastry is naturally vegan. To make this shortcrust sausage roll recipe vegan, simply use vegan sausage meat and wash the pastry with soy milk.
Place the uncooked sausage rolls onto a baking tray and place it in the freezer for 5 to 10 minutes before baking. This will harden the pastry and prevent the bottom going soggy. Also, keep the baking tray in the fridge or out of the oven until the sausage rolls are ready to bake.
Bake the shortcrust pastry sausage rolls in the oven for 20 minutes or until the pastry is golden-brown and the sausage meat is cooked throughout.
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Shortcrust Pastry Sausage Rolls
- 320 g Shortcrust Pastry (1 pack)
- 6 Sausages (approximately 400g to 450g)
- 1 Egg
- Skin the sausages by removing the meat from the skins and place the sausage meat into a mixing bowl. Mix the sausage meat together until evenly combined.6 Sausages
- Divide the sausage meat into 4 sections and form each section into a long sausage shape.
- Unroll the shortcrust pastry sheet and leave it on the parchment paper that comes with it. With a pizza cutter or sharp knife, cut the pastry in half lengthways then across to create 4 quarters of pastry.320 g Shortcrust Pastry
- Whisk an egg and brush one section of pastry with the egg wash. Place one piece of sausage on top of the egg washed pastry and align it to the top.
- Roll the pastry around the sausage meat and press the edges with your fingers. Repeat for the remaining three sheets of pastry and sausage meat.
- Place the sausage rolls onto a lined baking tray and use a sharp knife to cut diagonal slits across the pastry.
- To avoid a soggy bottom, chill the sausage rolls in the freezer or fridge for at least 5 to 10 minutes (10 minutes for best results). At this time, preheat your oven to 200°C (gas mark 6, 180°F).
- Brush the whisked egg over the pastry. Bake in the oven for 20 minutes or until the shortcrust pastry is light golden-brown and the sausage meat is cooked throughout.1 Egg
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