Sausage roll

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Sausage roll
Type Pastry
Course Lunch/Snack
Main ingredients Puff pastry, sausage
Cookbook:Sausage roll  Sausage roll

A sausage roll is a savoury pastry snack popular in the United Kingdom and other countries including Australia, New Zealand, Netherlands, Canada, and Ireland. In addition to being sold at retail outlets, they are also available from bakeries as a take-away food item. A miniature version is popular as a buffet or party food.


A Dutch sausage roll (saucijzenbroodje) showing the puff pastry surrounding the roll of minced meat inside

The basic composition of a sausage roll is generally a sheet or sheets of puff pastry formed into tubes around sausage meat and glazed with egg or milk before being baked.[1] They can be served either hot or cold. Historically, during the 18th century they were made using shortcrust pastry instead of puff pastry.[2]


In the UK, the bakery chain Greggs sells around 2.5 million sausage rolls per week,[3] or around 140 million per year.[4]

In popular culture[edit]

  • The Gilbert and Sullivan operetta The Grand Duke used sausage rolls as a plot device.
  • They are frequently used in party scenes in the New Zealand TV series Outrageous Fortune.
  • The Blackadder series makes mention of sausage rolls. In the first series, episode Born to be King, the Queen is loathing the return of her husband because she feels as she's "being used all night long, like the outside of a sausage roll." In the second series, episode Potato, being overly excited from the return of Sir Walter Raleigh lends the Queen excuse to describe some of her "pretty wild dreams," one of which is her being a sausage roll.
  • In New Zealand, the sausage roll is so popular that a 'Hot Sausage Roll Club' was set up by staff at the Hawke's Bay Regional Council. The club holds bi weekly meetings where both store bought and home made sausage rolls are prepared and eaten by the group. After 7 years of existence, other chapters of the club have been started at the Southland Regional Council and the Hawke's Bay District Health Board.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Sausage Roll Recipe". Food Network. Retrieved 2009-10-28. 
  2. ^ "Our New Cook-Book". Peterson's Magazine 15: 438. July 1866. Retrieved 26 March 2012. 
  3. ^ Kollewe, Julia (22 March 2012). "Budget 2012: Sausage roll VAT row turns unsavoury". The Guardian. Retrieved 26 March 2012. 
  4. ^ Wallop, Harry (22 March 2012). "Budget 2012: Greggs sausage rolls to be hit". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 26 March 2012. 

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