Pork and Herb Sausage Rolls

November 8, 2021Sew White

If you ever want to pimp up a sausage roll adding herbs is the best way to go. These pork and herb sausage rolls are so easy to make and have a brilliant earthy and fresh flavour. You can either use dried mixed herbs or make fresh herbs sausage rolls. Herby sausage rolls are quick to make and way too easy to eat.

close up of golden brown puff pastry sausage rolls on a green plate with fresh herbs in the background

Adding rosemary and thyme to sausages is a lovely way to boost flavour and create really tasty treats. Scroll down for the full recipe of how to make rosemary and thyme sausage rolls.

Why you’ll love this recipe

  • These herby sausage rolls have an extra fresh, earthy flavour. They are a real step up from the basic sausage roll. You’ll impress your guests.
  • They are quick to make and can be made ahead of time.
  • Choose your favourite herbs to make it your own.
  • Can be adapted for vegetarians, vegans or those with gluten allergy
  • So far when we have made these herb sausage rolls we have never had a single one left over.

Top Questions – link to answers later

Best herbs and spices for sausage rolls?

What pastry is sausage rolls made from?

Can I use shortcrust instead of puff pastry?

How long do you cook sausage rolls?

How do you make vegan sausage rolls?

Ingredients

  • Puff pastry
  • Pork sausage meat (or plant based meat)
  • Sprigs of fresh rosemary and thyme (or dried will do just as well).
  • Egg (or milk, soy, oat or almond milk)
  • Flour for rolling
herb filled sausage rolls with golden puff pastry on a green plate.

How to make herb sausage rolls– step by step

  • Take the pastry out of fridge 20 minutes before you start. Preheat the oven
  • Line 2 baking trays with the parchment or greaseproof paper and flour your worktop and rolling pin.
  • Roll the pastry and cut into 3 rectangles.
sausage meat on a puff pastry sheet  with fresh and dried herbs
rolled up sausage roll on parchment paper
bite-size pork and herb sausage rolls
  • Place the sausage meat in a bowl and add the rosemary that has been finely chopped.
  • Make the sausage meat into 3 sausages and place in the centre of each pastry rectangle. You can sprinkle over left over herbs.
  • Beat the egg and use the brush to paint a line along one edge.
  • Roll up, starting with the non-egg side. Place the roll seam-side down.
  • Score the top of the top of the rolls and cut into bite-sized pieces.
  • Place on the baking trays well apart and brush on more egg.
pastry brush brushing the bite-size sausage rolls before going into the oven
fresh and herby sausage rolls on a green plate
  • Bake for 20 minutes. Can be eaten hot or cold.

Top Tips

When making this herb sausage roll recipe you can use fresh herbs or dried mixed herbs.

If you can’t find sausage meat, buy regular sausages and remove the skins to get the meat out.

Plant-based ‘meat products’ are widely available in supermarkets nowadays so you can accommodate your vegetarian friends.

These rolls can be made ahead of time. Before you brush the egg on top, place them in the fridge. Remove from the freezer when you are ready, brush on the egg and bake in a pre-heated oven 220ºC / 200ºC fan/ gas mark 7 for 20 minutes.

Check the herb sausage rolls are well-cooked by cutting into one of them after 20 minutes in the oven as a tester.

Do not heat the baking trays – it could make your pastry bottoms go soggy!

Serving Suggestions for herby sausage rolls

Perfect hot or cold and brilliant picnic food. The herbs give these puff pastry a wonderul flavour that is great summer or winter.

Serve with a crisp salad to make it a lunch time favourite. An apple salad or a potato salad would be great too.

Pile them high on a plate lined with fresh herbs from the garden.

A herby dipping sauce with lemon and thyme would be a great way to add some zestiness when serving the herb sausage rolls.

herb filled sausage rolls with golden brown on green plate

Equipment

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Storing / Making ahead of time options for herby sausage rolls

These herby rolls can be made a little while ahead and stored in the fridge until you are ready, or you can put them in the freezer. In both cases do not brush on the egg – save that stage for when you are ready to use.

If they have been in the freezer make sure you defrost them properly before you bake them

Store these sausage rolls in an air-tight container in the fridge and they should last 3-4 days providing no-one finds them!

Substitutions and variations

These rolls can be made suitable for vegans or those with gluten intolerances by selecting the gluten-free Jus-Rol option and plant-based ‘meat’ products in the supermarket.

Try different spices to the mix for extra flavour.

Try different herb combinations.

You can add cooked onion or apple to the meat mix.

golden brown herb sausage rolls on a green plate

Best herbs and spices for sausage rolls?

There are so many herbs and spices that work a treat for sausage rolls.

The best herbs and spices for sausage rolls in my opnion are fresh rosemary and thyme, harissa or paprika, ginger or mustard and my favourite sage and tarragon.

What pastry is sausage rolls made from?

Sausage rolls are normally made with puff pastry but you can make them with shortcrust pastry too.

Can I use shortcrust instead of puff pastry?

Yes you can use shortcurst pastry instead of puff pastry. It still has that delicious flavour but without being as flakey.

You would shortcrust pastry in the exact same way you would for puff pastry sausage rolls.

How long do you cook sausage rolls?

Set your timer for 20 minutes for bite-size sausge rolls, then take one out, cut it in half and see if it need a minute or two longer. Check the meat is cooked.

If you are making a large sausage roll you might need to let it bake in the oven for a few more minutes.

How do you make vegan sausage rolls?

Choose vegan puff pastry – Jus-Rol make a good one.
The sausage meat can be replaced with plant based alternative. All the big supermarkets carry plant based ‘meat’ products.
Obviously do not brush egg onto the pastry. Use flax egg or unsweetened soy, oat or almond milk.

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Herb Sausage Rolls

Sisley White
If you ever want to pimp up a sausage roll adding herbs is the best way to go. These pork and herb sausage rolls are so easy to make and have a brilliant earthy and fresh flavour. You can either use dried mixed herbs or make fresh herbs sausage rolls. Herby sausage rolls are quick to make and way too easy to eat.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Nibbles, Party Food
Cuisine British, International
Servings 24 pieces
Calories 152 kcal

Equipment

  • knife
  • small bowl
  • pastry brush
  • Baking Tray
  • greaseproof paper / baking parchment

Ingredients
 
 

  • 375 g Puff Pastry (if frozen make sure it has defrosted before use)
  • 500 g Pork Sausage Meat
  • 2 sprigs fresh rosemary (finely chopped)
  • 1 Egg

Instructions
 

  • Take the puff pastry out of the fridge about 20 minutes to half an hour before you want to start. This helps it soften up and makes it easier to roll out.
  • Preheat the oven to 200ºC fan / 400ºF / Gas Mark 7.
  • Line 2 baking trays with greaseproof paper / baking parchment.
  • Add a little all-purpose (plain flour) to your worktop and roll out the 375g of Puff Pastry (try to keep it rectangular) or unroll a sheet of ready-rolled puff pastry.
  • Cut the pastry sheets into 3 equal pieces.
  • Add the 500g of sausage meat into a bowl with the chopped fresh herbs or dried herbs and mix together with your hands. Add any left over herbs to the puff pastry.
  • Divide into 3 and using your hands form into thin sausages and place them the length of each piece of puff pastry.
  • Beat 1 egg in a small bowl and use a pastry brush to brush over the pastry.
  • Paint a line of egg brush along one edge and roll the sausage meat up (from the non-brushed side) in the pastry and place them seam side down (this will help stop them from unravelling in the oven).
  • Gently score the top of the sausage roll.
  • Use a knife and cut them into bite-size pieces. I tend to cut them into 8 pieces each but you can make them smaller. Place them on the prepared baking tray. Leave a gap between them so they can expand up in the oven.
  • Brush the sausage rolls with the beaten egg and place them in the oven. (You can add a sprinkle of dried herbs on top if you would like for decoration and more flavour)
  • Bake the Christmas sausage rolls for 20 minutes until they are light golden brown. (You can cut into a sausage roll to check the meat is cooked.)
  • Serve hot or cold.

Notes

•The herby sausage rolls are great to make ahead of time. Once they are made (before you add the beaten egg) place them in the fridge and pull them out when you’re ready to bake. Add the beaten egg and bake for the same amount of time as the recipe.
•If you can’t find sausage meat you can use regular sausages and cut the skins off.
•The sausage rolls can be eaten hot or cold.
•You can freeze them before they are baked to enjoy later. Defrost them and then bake as per the instructions.
•Easy to make gluten-free by using gluten-free pastry.
•Make vegan sausage rolls by using vegan sausage meat.

Nutrition

Calories: 152kcalCarbohydrates: 7gProtein: 5gFat: 12gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 22mgSodium: 174mgPotassium: 64mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 26IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 4mgIron: 1mg

Please note that the nutrition information provided above is approximate and meant as a guideline only.

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