January 25, 2011

Aussie Sausage Rolls


Happy Australia Day!  This time last year I was in Australia to celebrate.  There is nothing quite like being in downtown Sydney, near the Rocks, the Sydney Harbor Bridge, and the Opera House to celebrate.  For those unfamiliar with this day, Australia Day is celebrated on January 26 each year to commemorate the arrival of the First Fleet at Sydney Cove in 1788.

I wanted to make something that I miss from Australia.  I considered so many recipes before deciding upon sausage rolls. Growing up it wasn't a birthday party without toffees, sausage rolls, butterfly cakes, and fairy bread.  When I visit Australia I have a checklist of foods that I must eat while I am there - meat pies, custard tarts, Cherry Ripes, lamingtons, Nice biscuits, tinned coffee and milk, and sausage rolls.  It is funny the things you  miss when you move away to another country.

Sausage rolls are basically sausage mince wrapped with puff pastry.  Of course you can't buy sausage mince here, so I had to find an alternative.  I found that the tube of regular Jimmy Dean sausage works well but you could also purchase regular sausages and remove the casings.  I also use a product from Australia called Mixed Herbs to flavor the sausage.  My container describes it as "a traditional herb blend to use in stuffing, meatloaf, savory scones, breads, and muffins".  It also states that it is a mix of dried thyme, rosemary, marjoram, basil, oregano, and sage.  You could easily make your own mixture by combining these dried herbs in a jar.  I would suggest that the main herbs are sage and rosemary, at least that is what I smell predominately when I open the jar, and then undertones of the rest of the herbs.

Once again I had a battle with the puff pastry just like I did for the Spiced Apple Tarts.  Trader Joe's could you just open here already so that I can buy flat puff pastry sheets?  The rest of the prep is a breeze.  Rather than waste a pastry bag I just put the filling into a Ziploc bag and cut off part of the corner.  Remember to cut it small because you can always cut a larger hole if needed, but you can't make it smaller.  Can you tell who had to transfer her filling to another Ziploc when she cut the hole too big?

Whilst these bake the house smells just wonderful.  That mix of pastry and herbs is somewhat intoxicating.  They are best eaten warm out of the oven but they do re-heat quite well too.  We eat ours with ketchup, or tomato sauce as you would say in Australia.

So, if you were to move to another country, what food would you miss the most?

Sausage Rolls
(Printer Friendly Recipe)

  • 1lb Jimmy Dean sausage
  • 1 large onion, peeled and grated
  • 1/2 teaspoon mixed herbs
  • salt
  • pepper
  • 4 thick slices white bread
  • warm water
  • 2 packages Pepperidge Farm puff pastry (4 sheets total)
  • 1 egg-yolk
  • 1 tablespoon cold water
  1. Put sausage, onion, mixed herbs, salt and pepper into bowl. 
  2. Cut crusts from bread, put bread, in separate bowl. Pour over enough warm water to cover, let bread stand 5 minutes. Drain off water, squeeze bread gently to extract water. 
  3. Add bread to sausage mince mixture; mix well. (Bread absorbs any excess fat in the sausage mince and helps to prevent meat shrinking inside pastry when cooking.)
  4. With pastry at room temperature, lay out sheets on a cutting board.
  5. Place meat mixture into large piping bag that does not have piping nozzle attached (or use a Ziploc with the corner cut off like I did).
  6. Pipe meat along edge of pastry.
  7. Turn edge of pastry over filling, then roll so that filling is completely enclosed in pastry.
  8. Repeat with remaining filling and pastry.
  9. With back of knife, flatten rolls slightly at 1cm intervals. 
  10. Brush rolls with combined cold water and egg-yolk. 
  11. Cut rolls into 3-inch pieces. Use first roll as guide for size of remaining rolls.
  12. Put rolls on a cookie sheet that has been covered with baking paper or a Silpat, side by side, just lightly touching. 
  13. Bake at 425°F for 10 minutes, reduce heat to 350°F, cook further 15 minutes.
Recipe adapted from the Australian Women's Weekly


  1. hmm...it looks yummy. I dont know if I can find minced sausage here but the recipe sounds great to try.

  2. looks soooooo yummyyy...easy to make and delicious... Happy Australia Day!

  3. These sausage rolls looks so delicious. My kids will adore them. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Happy Aussie Day!! Great, yummy rolls to celebrate!

  5. What a nice tribute to your holiday! Traditions hold so memories of years past. Thanks for sharing.

  6. Wow your sausage rolls look amazing! I lived in Italy for 6 months, so it wasn't very hard adjusting to their food since it's amazing. The one thing I missed from the US that Italy does not have a lot of is peanut butter. Nutella def took my mind off of peanut butter though!

  7. Makes me hungry just looking at them. :) Sounds like great football food, too. Happy Australia Day!

  8. i love this recipe:) i cant wait to try this out. thanks for sharing this.

  9. Those look delicious. Perfect for a party or just to hoard all to yourself. ;) I love your blog background as well.

  10. I was such good friends with a girl from Bronte, NSW when I was in my 20s. The food she missed most when away from home was prawns...to be exact,a prawn sandwich of some kind. I've lost touch with her, but I remember her talking about Aussie food. Thanks for this post. I miss her.

  11. Happy Belated Aussie Day! These little snacks look like they would be a hit anywhere! I would love to serve these as appetizers at a party. Thank you for sharing them with me...and for your kind comments on my blog. You bring a burst of brightness into my day!

  12. Sensational looking rolls with accessible ingredients and easy assembly. I'll bet they make you feel down under!

  13. mmmm home made sausage rolls are the best!

  14. A great breakfast roll to go alongside some eggs!

  15. Mmmmm... I grew up i Wales where we ate sausage rolls all the time. They are definitely something I have missed, so I'm thrilled to find this recipe!

  16. I think this would be a great breakfast treat that my family would love! Thank you!

  17. Happy Australia Day! It looks so odd - something that I am so familiar with (both making and eating) but made with ingredients that I have never heard of (well at least the brands).

    Shari from www.goodfoodweek.blogspot.com

  18. I have some sausage in the freezer waiting for a good recipe. Thanks to you I have an outstanding one :)

  19. Happy Australia day and what a festive treat indeed. So easy and great for last minute guests. Craving one now.

  20. i really dunno when my market is gonna sell puff pastries...it would make these recipes so viable for me...delicious looking and most inviting!

  21. It was nice to read about your food traditions in Australia. These look wonderful- can't wait to try them for a brunch! I can also envision a little shredded cheese inside them, also.

  22. i have made my own version of these and i put some shredded vegetables in them, like carrot and zucchini. Even add a bit of chilli for a bit of a punch. But a tip is to ensure to squeeze as much of the water out of the vegetables.

  23. Brings back my childhood, im australian but moved to the states to get married, a bday partie was never without sausage rolls dunked into tomato sauce (ketchup). I tried similar recipe i just used ground pork worked really well :)


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