Delicious pork and cranberry sausage roll recipe

With 3 months to go until the big day, these delicious pork and cranberry sausage rolls are going to be the perfect treat in the build-up to Christmas and beyond.

We always buy a meat hamper for Christmas, this includes our turkey, beef joint and a few other bits. One of which includes a block of sausage meat, which for me, I was a little unsure as to what to do with it to begin with. Then I came across a recipe for making a simple sausage roll, after all these years, I discovered just how easy they were to make. Not only are they simple though, they can be adapted to suit your tastes and are so much better than the frozen ones you can buy.

Fast forward a few years and I decided to not waste some cranberry sauce we had left over from our Christmas dinner, simply adding it to the pasty before the sausage meat to create these delicious pork and cranberry sausage rolls.

Whether you are hosting a pre-Christmas get-together or are looking for a great addition to the Boxing Day buffet, these are simple yet tasty.

Delicious pork and cranberry sausage roll recipe

Pork and cranberry sausage roll recipe

Ingredients

  • 350g Pork sausage meat
  • 1 Pack of shop-brought puff pastry (you can make your own puff pastry if you prefer)
  • 2 – 4 tbs Cranberry sauce (add as much or as little as you like)
  • 2 tsp mixed herbs (these can be left out if you don’t fancy them) or fresh herbs.
  • 1 Beaten egg
  • Salt and pepper

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to gas mark 6 and line 2 baking sheets/baking tray with parchment paper.
  • In a large bowl, mix the sausage meat, herbs, salt and pepper until well combined.
  • Roll out your sheet of pastry and cut it in half, so you have 2 long strips.
  • Down the centre, spread your cranberry sauce. You can add as much or as little as you like. Make sure you leave a 1 cm line on either side to give yourself space to fold over the pastry.
  • Split your sausage meat mixture into 2 even amounts and roll out into a long sausage that covers the length of your pastry and place down the middle of the pastry.
  • Rub the egg mix down one side of the pastry to help seal the sausage rolls.
  • From the other side of the egg mix, lift and roll the pastry along the long edges and over the sausage meat and tuck under. Sealing along the edge with the egg mix. Top with the egg wash.
  • Slice into 8 sausage rolls and place on a lined baking sheet. It is important to place seam-side down to stop them from opening.
  • Repeat the process for the other side of the pastry.
  • Pop into the oven for 25 – 30 minutes until the pastry is golden brown and the sausage meat is cooked.
  • Leave to cool for a few minutes then enjoy.

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Delicious pork and cranberry sausage roll recipe

Pork and cranberry sausage rolls

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

Ingredients

  • 350g Pork sausage meat
  • 1 Pack of shop-brought puff pastry (you can make your own if you prefer)
  • 2 - 4 tbs Cranberry sauce (add as much or as little as you like)
  • 2 tsp mixed herbs (these can be left out if you don't fancy them)
  • 1 Egg beaten
  • Salt and pepper

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to gas mark 6 and line 2 baking sheets/baking tray with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl, mix the sausage meat, herbs, salt and pepper until well combined.
  3. Roll out your sheet of pastry and cut it in half, so you have 2 long strips.
  4. Down the centre, spread your cranberry sauce. You can add as much or as little as you like. Make sure you leave a 1 cm line on either side to give yourself space to fold over the pastry.
  5. Split your sausage meat mixture into 2 even amounts and roll out into a long sausage that covers the length of your pastry and place down the middle of the pastry.
  6. Rub the egg mix down one side of the pastry to help seal the sausage rolls.
  7. From the other side of the egg mix, lift and roll the pastry along the long edges and over the sausage meat and tuck under. Sealing along the edge with the egg mix. Top with the egg wash.
  8. Slice into 8 sausage rolls and place on a lined baking sheet. It is important to place seam-side down to stop them from opening.
  9. Repeat the process for the other side of the pastry.
  10. Pop into the oven for 25 - 30 minutes until the pastry is golden brown and the sausage meat is cooked.
  11. Leave to cool for a few minutes then enjoy.

These pork sausage rolls make the perfect party food but also a tasty addition to a lunch or buffet. If you want to you can make these into larger sausage rolls, just remember to adjust the cooking time to allow them to cook through the middle.

The other option is to make them into mini sausage rolls, this can be done by just cutting them into smaller slices. Again, remember to adjust the cooking time so they do not overcook.

If you are not a fan of cranberry or maybe a vegetarian, you can adjust this method to suit your taste buds, here are some alternative suggestions:

Apple sausage rolls – Switch out the cranberry sauce for apple sauce to give you a different flavour combination. Pork and apple are a great combination and these will be a winner.

Goat cheese sausage rolls – If you want to bring something a little different when it comes to party food, how about dropping the cranberry and replacing it with goat’s cheese? This gives it a completely different flavour combination.

Vegan sausage meat – For those who are vegetarian or vegan, you can adjust this recipe by using vegan sausage meat and pastry. They will still taste amazing even as a meat substitute.

There are other small adjustments you could make by simply tapping with fennel seeds or poppy seeds, there is also the option to swap out the cranberry for wholegrain mustard for example. You could also change out the cranberry sauce for fresh cranberries chopped. I just tend to use the sauce as we always have leftover cranberry sauce.

Can you switch out the sausage meats for sausages?

Absolutely you can, as long as they are good quality sausages.

You will need to remove the skin from the sausages before adding them in, but the process of cooking is exactly the same. As you are using your favourite sausages, this will make the recipe even easier and give you tasty but easy sausage rolls. Like above, you can use vegan sausages or maybe even an alternative such as chicken sausage.

However you chose to make these, I hope that this recipe for our Christmas sausage rolls gives you a little inspiration over Christmas time and shows you just how easy they are to make. Don’t forget to check out our Christmas chocolate twist tree if you are looking for something a little fun to do with the kids.

Delicious pork and cranberry sausage roll recipe
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