Claire’s Sneaky Sausage Rolls

8 Mar

Who doesn’t love a sausage roll??

My friend Claire shared this recipe with me after she told me how successful it is in getting her girls to eat some vegetables. I was very eager to give it a try with Thomas who has decided he is a fussy eater. Must be the age, I have heard often the tale of the child who would eat anything you put in front of them and then suddenly – around age 2 they refuse basically everything! So begins my search for healthy, nutritious recipes that Thomas will eat.

This recipe is a little fiddly to be preparing with little ones, but older children will be more than capable of making these sausage rolls. Thomas helped me with preparing the meat mixture and then I put the sausage rolls together and cut them while he was sleeping. I then enlisted the help of my mini masterchef to egg wash the rolls and sprinkle the sesame seeds. It was a bit messy but nothing that can’t be swept or wiped up!

This process will help to develop children’s fine motor skills and hand eye co-ordination. Children are much more likely to learn when they are motivated and interested in what they are doing. Learning takes place every minute of every day for young children. It’s not just when you sit down and decide to “teach” them something. Incorporating learning into every day tasks like cooking makes learning real and relevant to children.

The basic sausage roll recipe is from and goes like this…


1/2 cup fresh white breadcrumbs

80ml (1/3 cup) milk

500g pork and veal or chicken and herb sausages

1/2 small onion, chopped

1 egg, plus 1 egg extra, lightly beaten

2 sheets frozen puff pastry, just thawed (I ended up using 4&1/2 sheets)

Sesame seeds, to sprinkle

Tomato sauce (ketchup), to serve

To this list, also add:

1 carrot

1 zucchini

1 potato

1/2 small sweet potato

1 cup frozen peas and corn


  1. Combine breadcrumbs and milk in a bowl and set aside until milk is absorbed. Remove casings from sausages and place in a food processor with crumbs, onion and egg. Process until well combined, cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes to chill.To the meat mixture, add grated carrot, zucchini, potato, sweet potato and frozen peas and corn (I also added some capsicum).  Mix until combined.
  2. Place a sheet of pastry on a lightly floured surface and cut horizontally into two. Spoon a quarter (I used about 3 tablespoons full for each roll) of the mixture along the centre of each piece of pastry. Fold over a long side of pastry, brush with egg, then fold other side over to enclose, slightly overlapping in the centre, and make a long sausage shape. Repeat with remaining pastry and filling to make 4 rolls. (you will make 9 rolls with the added vegetables)
  3. Place rolls, seam side down, on a baking tray lined with baking paper. Cover and refrigerate for 1/2 hour until firm.
  4. Preheat oven to 180°C. Line a large baking sheet with non-stick baking paper. Carefully diagonally cut each roll into seven. Brush with remaining egg and place on baking sheet. Use a sharp knife to make 2 small slits on top of each roll (to prevent rolls from splitting) and sprinkle with sesame seeds.
  5. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until golden and puffed. Serve warm with the tomato sauce.

For added “motivation” serve with a sauce smiley face (also Claire’s idea!). It worked a treat for Thomas!

Yum (not only for kids)!

Thanks Claire!


3 Responses to “Claire’s Sneaky Sausage Rolls”

  1. Paul May 11, 2012 at 4:57 am #

    Aren’t sausage rolls wonderful?


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