Sausage rolls

These tasty sausage rolls with a pork sausage and cranberry filling are perfect for party buffets and picnics or in kids’ lunchboxes as a lunchtime treat.
Makes: 12
Prep time: 15 mins
Cooking time: 25 mins
Total time: 40 mins
Skill level: Bit of effort




    • 1 sheet (from a 425g pack of 2) ready-rolled puff pastry


    • 400g (14oz) good-quality pork sausages


    • 30g (1oz) dried cranberries, chopped


    • Grated zest of 1 small orange


    • 2tsp fresh thyme leaves


    • Salt and freshly ground black pepper


    • 1 medium egg, beaten


    • About 2tsp fennel seeds, cumin seeds or sesame seeds, or a mixture of seeds






    1. Set the oven to gas mark 6 or 200°C.


    1. Unroll the pastry on to a lightly floured surface and roll it out to a rectangle about 35 x 25cm (14 x 10in).


    1. Cut it in half to give 2 long pieces.


    1. Slit the skin of the sausages, peel it off and put the meat in a bowl with the cranberries, orange zest, thyme leaves and a little seasoning.


    1. Mix well, then make 2 long sausages from the mixture and place each one down the middle of the 2 strips of pastry.


    1. Brush one of the long edges with egg.


    1. Bring the other pastry edge over the filling and make into a cylinder.


    1. Press edges together well, then “knock up” edges, and decorate with a fork.


    1. Cut into 6 rolls.


    1. Do the same with the other piece of pastry and filling.


    1. Put the rolls on to a large baking sheet, score the tops, brush with egg and sprinkle with seeds


    1. Bake for 20-25 mins, until golden brown.


    1. Serve warm or cool before packing up for your picnic.



Nutritional information per portion



fat 11.0g saturates 4.5g calories 162(kcal)


This nutritional information is only a guide and is based on 2,000 calories per day. For more information on eating a healthy diet, please visit the Food Standards Agency website.

Guideline Daily Amount for 2,000 calories per day are: 70g fat, 20g saturated fat, 90g sugar, 6g salt.