Sausage Rolls Recipe (Picnic Idea)

Make everyone smile with Sausage Rolls as snacks for your next picnic trip!

There are many ways to cook sausages but have you tried wrapping them in puff pastry? On the inside, you can taste tender, savory, and meaty sausages. Outside, you will experience something soft, life, and flavorful.

Every bite will give you an awesome balance of smoky, cake-y, and sweet flavors for the best snack yet. It’s easy to cook, so you can make it whenever your family wants to bond over good food.

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Sausage Rolls are certainly some of the best snacks to serve to your family. It’s great for kids and adults who want to eat something filling yet pleasant. You can also expect that eating these will be an incredible dining experience for everyone!

How to Make Sausage Rolls

How easy is it to make Sausage Rolls? As long as you know how to make the dough, cook the sausages, and bake everything together, you can bake these treats to perfection every time.

Let’s make these Sausage Rolls together, shall we?

Ingredients

Here’s everything you need to make the best Sausage Rolls ever:

Hot dogs

When it comes to snacking, hot dogs are some of my family’s top choices.

Just imagine biting into Sausage Rolls with savory, smoky, and meaty hot dogs or sausages inside. Once you bake the hot dogs, they will have a soft and tender texture quality that goes well with the puff pastry.

What kind of hot dogs or sausages should you use? It depends on you. There are many hot dog varieties you can try. In fact, there are already vegan and gluten-free hot dogs in grocery stores.

Aside from this recipe, I also love cooking Crispy Hot Dogs, Bread Pizza, and Breakfast Sandwich to make the most out of the sausages.

Plain flour 

To truly make it a Sausage Roll, you will need plain flour.

The flour is the base ingredients to make the dough. Its gluten network will make it possible for you to roll, shape, and wrap the dough around the sausages. Once you knead it into a dough, it will give the rolls a fluffy and airy quality.

After baking them, the plain flour will give the dish a puffy and slightly thick pastry. It will also help with the golden brown color of the rolls. The texture will turn out so soft and decadent, too.

Aside from plain flour, I also suggest using self-rising flour for a leavening effect.

Baking powder

Like other pastry recipes, your dough will need some baking powder.

Baking powder is a powerful leavening agent that will allow the dough to rise and coat the hot dogs. As it expands the gluten network, it helps with putting the “rolls” in Sausage Rolls.

Kneading the dough is also easier with the baking powder proofing the mixture. The baking powder will surely take your sausage rolls to the next level. According to The Spruce Eats, the best substitutes include plain yogurt, lemon juice, and buttermilk.

Butter

Doesn’t butter just make everything better? These Sausage Rolls are no exception.

With the help of butter, the dough can have a higher rise for an extra puffy quality. Butter also gives the dish a fragrant aroma, especially when you bite into the pastry. You will also love how crisp yet moist the butter will make the outer layer.

Using butter for the dough will also give it a naturally delicious flavor. It tastes mild yet it adds so much quality to the dish. Sometimes, butter is the secret to the best Sausage Rolls you will ever taste.

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Evaporated milk

To make the dough, you will need a little bit of evaporated milk.

When working with dough, you need to add evaporated milk to activate the ingredients, especially the baking powder. The milk also adds a milky and creamy quality for the best flavors.

The Baking Industry Research Trust mentioned that evaporated milk gives dishes a better texture inside and out. The sausage rolls will also have a longer shelf life with the milk.

Eggs

You won’t believe how important eggs are in this recipe.

These have a leavening potential to complement baking powder and plain flour. As the eggs react with the flour, milk, and baking powder, it will make the pastry a puffier and lighter texture.

The eggs will also give the pastry a better structure for perfectly-shaped sausage rolls. An article by Sara Moulton also mentioned that eggs are great for color and flavor in pastry.

Seasoning

The flavor of the pastry is just as important as its texture. Make the pastry flavorful by seasoning it with sea salt and nutmeg. These spices can help balance the flavors of good-tasting food.

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Can you believe that these are all you need to make Sausage Rolls? Once you cook everything together, you will love the fusion of flavors and texture!

Directions

Let’s have some fun with this Sausage Rolls recipe!

  1. Mix the plain flour, sea salt, nutmeg, and sugar in a bowl.
  2. Make a well at the center of the mixture.
  3. Add the butter in the middle.
  4. Then, massage everything together using clean hands. 
  5. Mix in the eggs and evaporated milk until you form a dough.
  6. Place the dough in a bowl and cover it with cling film.
  7. Put the dough in the fridge to proof for 30 minutes.
  8. Use a rolling pin to flatten out the dough on a lightly floured or greased surface.
  9. Place the hotdog on one end of the pastry and trim the excess pastry with a dough scraper
  10. Roll a single layer of dough around the hot dog.
  11. Arrange the sausage rolls on a lined baking tray.
  12. Apply egg wash to the egg rolls.
  13. Preheat the oven to 170° C.
  14. Bake sausage rolls for 25 minutes to 30 minutes or until done.
  15. Let them cool and serve!

These Sausage Rolls are undoubtedly fun to make and satisfying to eat! Trust me; you won’t want to miss out on something this delicious!

Tips

Buying hot dogs

  • There are many healthy and diet-friendly hot dog varieties you can try.
  • Check the label and ingredients of the hot dogs.
  • Watch out for hot dogs with artificial extenders or preservatives
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Storing hot dogs

  • According to the USDA’s Hot Dogs and Food Safety, unopened hot dog packages can be stored in the fridge for up to two weeks.
  • If the hot dog packages have been opened, then transfer them into a resealable bag and cook them within three days.
  • Alternatively, freeze the hot dogs in a freezer bag to last up to two months.
  • Defrost them in the microwave, rotating them every 30 seconds until fully defrosted. 

Storing Dough

  • Keep the pastry by wrapping it in cling film and placing it in the fridge to last up to two days. 
  • You can also put the pastry in a resealable bag.
  • Freeze the pastry by placing it on a baking sheet for several hours. Once frozen solid, transfer it to a container or freezer bag.
  • Let it thaw on a wire rack at room temperature. 

Sausage Rolls Variations

Are there other ways of making Sausage Rolls? Of course!

Even if this Sausage Rolls recipe is not entirely vegan, gluten-free, or dairy-free, you can make it healthier by substituting ingredients with other more suitable alternatives for your dietary needs. 

For instance, you can buy vegan and gluten-free hot dogs in supermarkets to replace ordinary Frankfurters. You can also replace evaporated milk with almond milk or other plant-based milk options.

Aside from plain flour, you can also use self-rising flour with a leavening agent included. Instead of baking powder, I also suggest using buttermilk, yogurt, or vinegar.

In fact, there are many egg substitutes you can use for other alternatives. You can also use other herbs and spices to season the dough for a better flavor. Now you know that you don’t have to miss out on Sausage Rolls!

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  • Oven: Bake the sausage rolls in the oven to cook them thoroughly. 
  • Baking tray: Prepare the sausage rolls in a baking tray.
  • Rolling pin: Flatten the dough using a rolling pin. 
  • Dough scraper: Remove excess pastry by using a dough scraper. 
  • Bowl: Place the uncooked pastry in a bowl to let it rest. 
  • Cling film: Cover the bowl with the cling film.

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How to Serve Sausage Rolls

Make everyone experience hot dogs like never before with Sausage Rolls!

I love serving Sausage Rolls for breakfast and snacks, whether it’s a picnic, brunch, or an occasion. You can also make it for picnics, celebrations, buffets, and tea parties to add variety to the table.

Sometimes, I cook these to pack for my kids for snacks or lunch at school. Even my husband loves it. Whenever they want a filling and satisfying meal, I cook these Sausage Rolls and everyone rolls with it!

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Storage Tips

  • At room temperature: Eat the cooked sausage rolls on the day you make them. Wrap them in cling film or foil and place them in a container to eat within the day.

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In the fridge: Store the sausage rolls in the fridge for two days.

To freeze: I suggest freezing the sausage rolls when uncooked. Freeze them in a freezer bag to last up to three months.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is a sausage roll made of?

There are different sausage roll recipes that require a variety of ingredients. In this recipe, you just need hot dogs, plain flour, baking powder, milk, eggs, butter, and seasonings like sugar and nutmeg.

What is the American equivalent of a sausage roll?

In America, sausage rolls are also called “pigs in a blanket.” They are called so because the hot dogs are enclosed in the pastry. It looks like a pig wrapped in a blanket, doesn’t it?

Do you put egg in sausage rolls?

Yes, you will need an egg to make the dough for the sausage rolls. The egg is an additional leavening agent that will react with the flour, milk, and baking powder. It also adds a tastier flavor to the dish.

What culture are sausage rolls?

Sausage Rolls originally came from the English or British culture. They first became popular in London during the Napoleonic War. Since then, sausage rolls have been known snacks in Europe and now, all over the world.

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Sausage Rolls

4.67 from 3 votes
Sausage rolls are hearty and delicious meals and snacks that you can easily make at home. It’s also fun to do because you can make your own dough in your kitchen!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 16
Course Breakfast & Brunch, Snack
Cuisine American
Calories 324kcal

Ingredients
 
 

  • 16 Frankfurt hotdogs
  • cups plain flour
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • tbsp sugar
  • cups butter
  • tbsp evaporated milk
  • 3 eggs medium-sized

Instructions
 

  • Mix the plain flour, sea salt, nutmeg, and sugar in a bowl.
  • Make a well at the center of the mixture.
  • Add the butter in the middle.
  • Then, massage everything together using clean hands. 
  • Mix in the eggs and evaporated milk until you form a dough.
  • Place the dough in a bowl and cover it with cling film.
  • Put the dough in the fridge to proof for 30 minutes.
  • Use a rolling pin to flatten out the dough on a lightly floured or greased surface.
  • Place the hotdog on one end of the pastry and trim the excess pastry with a dough scraper. 
  • Roll a single layer of dough around the hot dog.
  • Arrange the sausage rolls on a lined baking tray.
  • Apply egg wash to the egg rolls.
  • Preheat the oven to 170° C.
  • Bake sausage rolls for 25 minutes to 30 minutes or until done.
  • Let them cool and serve!

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Notes

  • Remember to store the Frankfurters properly, especially when the packaging has been opened.
  • Moreover, store it in the fridge or freezer for later use of the pastry.
  • You can cook them in the air fryer for up to 20 minutes or until golden brown. Don’t crowd the rolls in the air fryer; cook them in batches to cook through. Allow enough room for the pastry to expand.

Nutrition

Serving: 1 (of 16)Calories: 324kcalCarbohydrates: 48gProtein: 12gFat: 9gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 54mgSodium: 449mgPotassium: 170mgFiber: 1gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 91IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 72mgIron: 4mg
Keyword breakfast, easy snack, Hotdog, puff pastry, sausage recipe, sausage rolls

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