Sausage Rolls with Apple and Sage

Sausage rolls are always a party favorite! Savory sausage, apple, and sage wrapped up in warm, flaky puff pastry – they’re so delicious. Plus, they’re easy to make!

baked sausage rolls.

Pork sausage rolls are one of my all-time favorite holiday appetizers. They’re easy to make and perfectly bite-sized. Plus, the combination of sausage, apple, and sage is perfect for the holiday season.

They’re a little fancier than pigs in a blanket and are so delicious warm from the oven, at room temperature, or even cold straight from the fridge. The pastry is so flaky and buttery – the perfect partner for the savory sausage inside.

Sausage Rolls Recipe

This is the recipe I’ve been making for years, inspired by traditional British sausage rolls – I hope you give it a try! It’s not complicated, but if you want some additional tips (plus some step-by-step photos), keep scrolling. There’s a lot more info after the recipe you might find helpful.

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Pork Sausage Rolls with Apple and Sage

baked sausage rolls.

Tasty bite-sized pork sausage rolls with apple and sage – make extra because these will disappear fast!

  • Author: April Anderson
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 48 sausage rolls 1x
  • Category: Appetizer
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: English

Ingredients

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  • 2 sheets puff pastry (I box), thawed (see note)
  • 1 pound pork sausage, casings removed
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh sage, finely chopped
  • 1 cup finely diced granny smith apple (about 1/2 an apple)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon 2% milk

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a medium bowl, mix the pork with the herbs, salt and pepper, and diced apple. In a small bowl, beat the egg and milk together.
  3. Unfold both puff pastry sheets and cut each into thirds (follow the perforations). Divide the pork mixture into 6 equal parts. Roll the divided pork into ropes equal to the length of the puff pastry strip. Lay each sausage in the middle of each puff pastry strip.
  4. Brush the edges of the puff pastry with the egg and milk mixture. Wrap the puff pastry around the sausage. Lightly press the seams to seal. Brush the top of each roll with the egg and milk mixture.
  5. Cut each roll in half, then each half in half, then each quarter in half until you have 8 equal pieces per roll.
  6. Place the sausage rolls seam-side down about an inch apart on the baking sheet. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until the pastry is golden brown on top.

Notes

For the best results, the puff pastry should be thawed but still cold when you make the rolls. If your pastry is too warm, it won’t puff up well when you bake the rolls. So plan ahead and thaw the pastry in the refrigerator and keep it in the fridge until you’re ready to use it. If it warms up when you’re working with it, you can pop it back in the fridge to chill it.

You can make the sausage rolls a day in advance and keep them in the refrigerator. Store them in a single layer so they don’t stick to each other. You may need to add a couple of minutes of baking time when you bake them cold from the refrigerator.

Baked sausage rolls will keep in the refrigerator for several days.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 sausage roll
  • Calories: 93
  • Sugar: 0.3g
  • Sodium: 145.1mg
  • Fat: 7g
  • Saturated Fat: 1.7g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 5.0g
  • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 5g
  • Fiber: 0.2g
  • Protein: 2.3g
  • Cholesterol: 11.1mg

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More About This Recipe

What makes this recipe so easy is store-bought puff pastry. Look for boxes of puff pastry sheets – there are usually two sheets per box, which is what you need.

You will need to thaw the pastry (instructions are usually on the box), but don’t thaw it at room temperature. It’s better to thaw it in the refrigerator so it stays cold. Working with cold dough will make things so much easier. The pastry won’t be as sticky and will puff up nicely when you bake the rolls.

I love the combination of apple and sage. Both are mixed into the sausage, so every roll has a bite of fresh apple flavor and sage. I’ve made them without these two things before, and they’re still delicious, but I love the holiday flavor they add.

Tips for Making the Rolls

Once you have your thawed (but still cold!) puff pastry and you’ve mixed up the sausage filling, you’re ready to make the rolls.

Store-bought puff pastry sheets are folded, and those fold lines make it easy to cut the sheets into three pieces. So lay the sheets out flat and use the folds as a guide when you cut.

three pieces of puff pastry.

I divide the sausage mixture into six equal portions. Just eyeball it – you don’t need exact measurements for this. Scoop up one portion and shape it into a rope about the same length as the piece of puff pastry dough. Place it in the center of the dough.

sausage rolls process.

Wrap the dough around the sausage and press the edges together to make a seam. Turn the roll over, seam-side down, and now it’s ready to slice.

Each roll will give you eight pieces. The easiest way to do this is to slice the roll in half. Slice each half in half so you have four pieces. Finally, slice each of those in half, and you’ll end up with eight rolls. After you’ve made and sliced all of the rolls, you will have 48 sausage rolls.

the finished rolls on a baking sheet.

Storage and Make-Ahead Tips

You can assemble and slice the rolls a day ahead and keep them in the fridge. I like to place them on a small sheet pan and wrap it with plastic wrap. When it’s time to bake them, transfer them to a new baking sheet lined with parchment paper. They may need an extra minute or so in the oven since they’ll go in cold from the fridge.

I love a warm sausage roll straight from the oven, but they are good at room temperature, too. This makes them a great party appetizer – you can make a big batch, and they’ll still be delicious even after they’ve sat out.

They’re also good straight from the fridge, so if you have leftovers, store them in an airtight container. They’ll keep in the refrigerator for several days.

a plate of pork sausage rolls.

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Post updated from the archives. First published in December 2014.

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8 Comments

  1. I saw another recipe for a similar appetizer. That one said you could freeze them before you bake them. Do you agree with this as I need to make them for an event and would like to prep them ahead? Thank you.

  2. you weren’t kidding about addicting! These are really yummy and easy to make!
    I’m not even sharing, I made them all and am keeping them just for me.

  3. I made them.a few times and changed the apple sort sometimes…me and myguests always loved them! Served thrm.once with tadty cider….or chzmpagne..mmmmm

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