Is a party even a party without a pile of Mini Sausage Rolls? I don’t think so! These little puff pastry cloaked sausage morsels are so moreish you’ll need to make a second batch! Oven and air fryer instructions included.
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One of the most popular recipes on Feast Glorious Feast is my Puff Pastry Sausage Roll post. And that is swiftly followed by my Greggs Copycat Vegan version. So I couldn’t not bring you my recipe of this mini cocktail version.
I’ve been making and buying piles of party sausage rolls my whole life. They’re actually one of my favourite things. It doesn’t matter if they’re hot or cold, I simply can’t keep my greedy little hands off them,
The ingredients are identical – puff pasty, sausages or sausage meat and an egg to glaze them before baking. And the method is effectively the same. Roll sausage meat in pastry, glaze and bake.
The difference is that this version of the recipe will give you the perfect proportions to make 36 delightful tasty bites from each sheet of pastry.
If you’re looking for the other end of the scale, check out my family size Sausage Plait recipe!
How to Serve Mini Sausage Rolls
They are as good served cold on a buffet or platter or at a picnic as they are hot and fresh out of the oven. Whether it’s a birthday party, christening or Christmas party, no one has ever said no to a cheeky sausage roll.
They’re also super versatile and are great for throwing in an adult or child’s packed lunch. And they’re equally great warmed and served with chips and beans for a fun lunch or tea. Or a cheeky after work or school snack.
Make Party Sausage Rolls into a Feast
I truly believe that you can make any dish into a proper feast! Whether thats a feast for one after work on a Tuesday, a casual feast for four on a Friday evening or a feast for 12 for a special occasion!
Sausage rolls scream old school British buffet to me! So I’m also going to make some Scotch Eggs, Creamy Coleslaw, Pigs in Blankets (you can’t have enough sausage at a buffet) and some nice traditional sandwiches like ham and egg mayo!
And you can forget making anything else at all, “Christmas Mini Sausage Rolls” are totally a thing. You make a batch and you just pop one in regularly at any given moment in December. They sit perfectly alongside Puff Pastry Mince Pies. Although in hindsight, this might actually be just me.
Don’t forget to head over to my Feast Collection pages to find all of my tips and tricks to help you host a fun and stress-free feast. Plus remember to check out my recipe index to create your own awesome Feast!
Ingredients for Mini Sausage Rolls
You can either buy ready prepared sausage meat. It is possible nowadays to get this is different varieties like Lincolnshire or Cumberland. But the most sure fire way to ensure that you’re using the best quality sausage meat with a flavour that you love is to just buy sausages and take the skin off.
I will always be partial to a Lincolnshire sausage which is pork with a little sage. There is no issue with keeping to classic plain pork or going totally off piste with chorizo sausage, lamb sausage or even chicken sausage.
I love to make my own Homemade Puff Pastry. I find it quite therapeutic and the final result is simply unbeatable. But realistically like the vast majority of people I tend to buy it ready made. In fact I generally go that step further and buy it ready rolled.
I always use puff pastry. I’m pretty obsessed with it. But if you happen to have some rough puff, flaky or shortcrust pastry handing around, you could use that. But the results won’t be quite as puffy and buttery as if you use proper puff pastry.
[Update! – Having had a little bit of a renaissance in my life, I’ve now decided that I am actually quite a fan of shortcrust pastry sausage rolls and I’ve published a dedicated recipe!]
If is worth looking for the “all butter” versions of ready made puff pastry which is much more commonly available than it once was.
There are lots of options for mixing up the recipe. The main way is to change up the flavour of the sausage or sausage meat used. This can be simply adding a herb or a spice. Or mixing in another ingredient like caramelised onions or mushrooms.
The next option is to add another ingredient between the pastry and sausage. You could smear a layer of spicy mustard, chutney or even something like a Korean kimchi. Or take it a step further and add a layer of bacon, salami or prosciutto.
The last main option for varying the recipe is to add something to the outside of the pastry. Sesame seeds, poppy seeds or another mixed seasoning like “everything bagel” would be great.
I most often tend to do this when I’m making several different flavours of sausage roll so I have a way of distinguishing them from each other.
Make it Vegetarian or Vegan
To make sausage rolls vegetarian is relatively simple. You just need to replace the sausage meat with a vegetarian sausage and proceed as normal.
To make them vegan requires taking a few more aspects into account. I would refer you to my Vegan Sausage Roll recipe for much more detailed information.
Make it Allergy Friendly
This recipe is free from nuts.
Gluten Free: Gluten free puff pastry can easily be bought and used as a substitute where needed. It tends to be more commonly found in the freezer section but is becoming more common the chillers. You should also ensure that the sausage is gluten free. Again this is becoming more more common and easier to find even within mainstream ranges.
Dairy Free: Most standard commercially available puff pastry is actually vegan. But the all butter kinds are obviously not. So it should not be difficult to source dairy free puff pastry.
Egg Free: Replace the egg glaze with milk or cream.
Please note that this recipe may contain other allergens not referred to above and any variations suggested have not been tested unless otherwise stated. For more information regarding any dietary information provided on this website, please refer to my Nutritional Disclaimer.
Equipment Notes for Cocktail Sausage Rolls
I love my little flour shaker. It makes evenly dusting a surface with flour easy and a little less messy than scattering it by hand. Add one to your Christmas list.
A good sharp knife will help with getting nicely sliced sausage rolls without super squished ends. A good knife steel will help to keep your knives good and sharp, regardless of how much those knives cost. Sharpening isn’t just the preserve of a fancy Sabatier set.
I make sure to use a good large baking tray to make sure that the sausage rolls have a good amount of space to puff up and expand without hitting the other rolls. Use more than one tray if you need to. Lining the tray with baking parchment will ensure that the rolls don’t leave the bottom layer of pastry stuck to the tin!
A meat thermometer is really handy to keep around to check that the meat is cooked all the way to the middle. The centre of the rolls should reach 75c.
To Make Air Fryer Mini Sausage Rolls
You will need an Air Fryer! I use a Corsori Lite (CAF-LI401S) with a 3.8 litre capacity. This is a fairly basic, single level, single basket air fryer with adjustable temperature and a timer.
Please make sure to read the notes at the bottom of the recipe card. You will also find the air fryer baking instructions towards the bottom of the recipe, just under the oven instructions.
A comprehensive list of the equipment used to make this recipe is included in the main recipe card below. Click on any item to see an example. There are no hard and fast rules so many items can be sensibly substituted to achieve the same results.
Sausage rolls are ideal for prepping ahead of time. The best way to do this is to prepare them right up to the point that you would bake them and then freeze. It is best to freeze them individually on a tray and them move them to a bag or box once frozen solid. Otherwise they will just freeze as one big lump.
You can also prepare them earlier in the day before baking a little later to serve fresh. I wouldn’t do this more than 10 to 12 hours in advance or the pastry has a tendency to discolour. Do also make sure to store them covered in a fridge.
Leftover Sausage Rolls
Leftovers never tend to hang around for very long.
The vast majority of the time I tend to just eat them cold but I also sometimes pop them into the microwave. I quite like the way the pastry goes soft. For a crispier reheat, I pop them into my actifry or give them a few minutes in a hot oven.
if you need to keep them for a later date simply pop them into the freezer. They can be eaten cold once thawed or reheated as normal.
Mini Sausage Roll Tips
Make sure to use a really good sharp knife when cutting the long rolls into smaller rolls.
It is worth spending those extra few seconds to make sure that the seam on the rolls is properly sealed. You can use your finger to smudge the two pieces of pastry together.
Don’t forget to let me know in the comments if you try making this recipe – I want to know what you think and if you made any substitutions, how did it turn out?
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Mini Sausage Rolls with Puff Pastry
- Air Fryer Optional to air fry
- 375 g Puff Pastry
- 500 g Pork Sausage Meat
- 1 Egg
- ½ tsp Vegetable Oil - for greasing – air fryer method only
- Preheat the oven to 200c fan. Line a large oven tray with baking parchment.Note – Skip this step if using an air fryer. Scroll for specific air fryer cooking instructions.
- Roll 375 g Puff Pastry into a large rectangle or unroll a sheet of ready rolled puff pastry on a floured surface.
- Use a sharp knife to cut the pastry sheets into 3 equal pieces. Make the shorter cut of the two or the pastry will be too thin to roll.
- Remove the skins from 500 g Pork Sausage Meat.
- Divide the sausage meat evenly along the middle of each pastry strip. I did this by rolling each unskinned sausage a little thinner and squidging the ends together.
- Beat 1 Egg in a small bowl,
- Use a pastry or silicone brush to egg wash all of the exposed pastry.
- Roll the pastry around the sausage meat.
- Make sure to fully seal the edges together so that it doesn’t come apart during the cooking process.
- Line up the long sausage rolls and use a sharp knife to cut them all in half.
- Cut each half roll into 6 further pieces. I do this by halving each again and then cutting each smaller roll into 3.
- Move the rolls onto the lined baking tray.
- Use more of the beaten egg to wash the tops and sides of each sausage roll. Spend a little time doing this so that they’re fully covered (not the ends with exposed sausage meat).
- Bake the rolls for 20 minutes until they are a light golden brown and the sausage meat is cooked all the way through. You can cut into one to check.
- Serve hot or cold.
To Air Fry (see notes section for more guidance)
- Prepare the sausage rolls per the oven instructions but apply the egg wash without moving them to a tray.
- Preheat your air fryer if your version requires you to.
- Once hot, remove the basket and lightly grease using an oil spray (not fry light) or brush on some oil. Be careful because the basket will now be hot.
- Use tongs to carefully place the rolls into the basket. Make sure to leave enough room for the rolls to puff up.
- Cook for 15 minutes at 180c/350f.
- Remove the rolls from the basket to a cooling rack then continue to cook the remaining rolls in as many batches as you need.
- The air fryer version of this recipe is tested in a Corsori Lite (CAF-LI401S) with a 3.8 litre capacity. The square(ish) shaped basket is 21cm x 21cm and 24cm on the diagonal.
- Not all models advise preheating is required. Please follow the recommended instructions for your model. Mine has a specific preheat setting which is 4 minutes at 205c.
- For this recipe, I can fit 12 mini sausage rolls in the basket at a time. The fit is quite snug. For the recipe as written, this means that I need to cook the sausage rolls in 3 batches.
- As all air fryer models are a little different, you may find that you can fit more or less in at a time. Some models include stacking shelves which will increase capacity.
- Required cooking times and temperatures can also vary between models and brands. If you know that your air fryer runs a little hotter than most recipes suggest, use a lower temperature. And vice versa. Equally if you find that food cooks more quickly in your machine than instructions usually state, reduce the cooking time (or check it earlier) and vice versa.