Homemade sausage rolls

I’ve had the biggest craving for these beut babies lately and for good reason- they are delicious!

Before I go ahead and give you the recipe, I wanted to draw your attention to something in the photo. Yup, that sauce bottle in the background, that’s what I’d like you to notice. That lovely bottle of deliciousness got used liberally with my sausage rolls. And you know what? That’s perfectly okay.

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It’s tomato sauce and it’s a delicious condiment and that’s as far as my thinking goes. I definitely don’t advocate for the limitation of tomato sauce – if you want your hot chips smothered in the stuff you go for it!

Am I worried about the sugar content? No!

Am I worried about the salt content? No!

Am I worried about the flavorings? No!

It’s tomato sauce. It’s delicious.

It is perfectly okay to eat a food which has sugar in it. We do not need to be concerned about the sugar content of tomato sauce, or the salt content.

Why? More and more evidence points suggests that it is the whole of the diet that matters most when it comes to health, rather than the healthfulness of specific foods. Furthermore, health behaviors influence our health just as much, if not more than the food we eat.

I’m also all for stopping the spread of food fear. We are all busy enough and stressed enough without being told we should fear the sugar in our condiments and should make our own, just to get the sugar content down. Eating healthy doesn’t mean you have to make your own sauces. Bottled and jarred food serve to make life easier, we should embrace this instead of fearing it.

So without further ado, I give you homemade sausage rolls.

homemade sausage rolls

  • 4 sheets puff pastry, defrosted
  • 1 egg beaten
  • Poppy or sesame seeds

Sausage mix

  • 500g regular / 3 star beef mince
  • 3 carrots
  • 1 onion
  • 1 tbsp bbq sauce
  • 1 tbsp tomato sauce
  • Herbs, to taste
  • 1 egg, beaten

Pre heat over to 190 Celsius (FF) or 210 conventional.

Grate carrots on the course side of a grater. Then, chop. You want them really fine. Then chop your onion really fine (you can do this on a grater, but I have never been game)

Add to a bowl with the mince and the rest of the filling ingredients. Mix well.

Cut puff pastry sheets in half. Place some filling in the middle of the pastry sheet, ensuring it goes all the way down the sheet, like a log.

Roll, and secure ends of pastry by dabbing some beaten egg on the edges. Cut in half and place on a baking tray. Repeat with remaining mixture.

When ready to cook, brush the top of each roll with beaten egg and top with poppy or sesame seeds. Bake at 190 for 20-25 minutes or until cooked through.

Enjoy with chips, vegetables or salad. The choice is yours!

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