Sausage roll

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

A sausage roll is a British savoury pastry snack. They are sold at retail outlets and are also available from bakeries as a take-away food. A miniature version can be served as 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 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. In the 19th 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.[5]
  • They are frequently used in party scenes in the New Zealand TV series Outrageous Fortune.
  • The Blackadder series has several 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", Queen Elizabeth I's excitement at the return of Sir Walter Raleigh lends her an excuse to describe some of her "pretty wild dreams", one of which is her being a sausage roll.

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. 
  5. ^ Arthur Sullivan; William Schwenck Gilbert; Ian C. Bradley (2001). The Complete Annotated Gilbert and Sullivan. Oxford University Press. pp. 1090–. ISBN 978-0-19-816710-5. 

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