Pork & Fennel Sausage Rolls

If you have never tried a sausage roll before, I recommend trying this recipe. I don’t recall coming across them in the US during my various trips to their wonderful shores. Essential they are what they called: a sausage rolled up in a puff pastry coating. Every bakery selling pies in Australia (and that is most of them) has these little beauties sitting right next to them. They are a fabulous party food: just make them finger sized and you have enough to feed an army of kids for your next children’s birthday. Don’t get me wrong though, they are always a hit with the big kids too!

Pork and Fennel Sausage Rolls

Recipe adapted from Bourke St Bakery

Makes 10 sausage rolls

  • 1 tsp fennel seeds
  • 1 tsp brown mustard seeds
  • 1/2 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 80g sliced pancetta, chopped
  • 450g pork meat or mince
  • 2 cups fresh breadcrumbs
  • 1/3 cup roughly chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • Finely grated zest of 1 small orange
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 3 sheets of ready rolled puff pastry
  • Dried bread crumbs, to sprinkle
  1. If using pork meat, roughly chop pork into chunks then place in the bowl of a food processor and blitz until the meat is of a mince consistency, place in a large bowl.
  2. Preheat oven to 200c (400f) and line a cookie tray with baking paper. Toast spices in a dry frypan over medium heat for 1-2 minutes until fragrant. Pound the spices in a mortar and pestle until finely ground. Set aside. Return pan to medium heat. Cook onion and pancetta for 5 minutes or until onion softens, stirring. Add spices, then cool.
  3. Add onion mixture to a large bowl with pork, crumbs, parsley, zest and 1 egg. Season and mix well, then refrigerate until needed.
  4. Cut the pastry sheets in half length ways. Shape pork into 5 sausages, about 3cm (1 1/2 inch) wide and the same length of the pastry sheets. Place 1 sausage on each pastry rectangle, then roll up to enclose. Turn rolls seamside down, brush with egg and sprinkle with the dried breadcrumbs. Cut each sausage roll in half, place on the tray and bake for 20-25 minutes until golden and cooked. Serve with tomato chutney or tomato sauce (ketchup).

12 comments to Pork & Fennel Sausage Rolls

  • These are definitely not your run of the mill “piggies in a blanket” as they are known in Canada. Sure beats wrapping a plain hot dog in a piece of dough. Your flavourful ingredients really brings them to another level, and would be great at a cocktail party.

  • Those are defenetly winners in my kitchen. Love those rolls! They look fantastic and I bet the taste is wonderful.

    Have a great week ahead.

  • These rolls look great. Sliced up into pieces they would be great as a appetizer to for guest!

  • Vonnie

    Yum Susan! These look much nicer than a sausage roll at any bakery that I have seen. Well done they look very gourmet

  • Rolls looks delicious and made to perfection. I bet they taste awesome.

  • Kym Mulvey

    Why do I torture myself by reading your latest posts before breakfast?? I know I won’t find anything this good at the bakery!

  • Oh yes indeedy Susan :) Nothing like a good old Aussie sausage roll… This recipe is a step up the ladder – very yummy :)

  • Jude

    You’re making me so hungry. I love that you bring us so many Aussie favourites.

  • I have never tried this before…but after seeing these photographs I want to eat one right now! They look delicious. I hope that you are having a wonderful week of holiday celebration. Thanks for sharing, my sweet friend!

  • Ooh, I like the addition of the orange rind. Great idea. Yumm…

  • I love these sausage rolls! I am going to make them soon ,and I bet they would freeze well as well.

  • Oh man, it looks like you have the same painful sleep suiiatton we do: late to bed, early to rise. Our two-year-old adopted this trend a month or so ago and we are still reeling. He used to go to bed around 8 and wake up between 6:30 and 7. Now he won’t go to sleep before 8:50pm [it’s always 8:50] and wakes up no later than 6am. The first week of this we were ready to just lie down and die. We don’t do CIO. Mostly on principle, but it if worked for him, we would. When we have left him, he whimpers by the door [no crib] until he falls asleep [which took longer than an hour]. By the door. It was too pitiful.I hope Trixie isn’t cranky until the nap, like our guy is. Oh are the mornings a horror show. But, he goes down readily for a two-hour nap and is super cheery all afternoon, right up until he falls asleep, at 8:50pm. We are doing Netflix, but can’t get anything but TV shows, as we are passed out by 10pm. I had a friend who complained that her son was going to bed at 6:30 pm and waking up at 6:30am. I really didn’t hear what her complaint was, because the mere thought had me enviously imagining what I would do if I had three and a half evening hours.

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