Everybody loves sausage rolls, whether you make them from scratch or buy the frozen ones. But, if there are puff pastry and pie crust sausage rolls in front of you, which one do you choose?
The best part about sausage rolls is the dough. I’m not sure if it’s because they’re filled with a meaty filling or because of the buttery, flaky crust but something about them just makes my mouth water.
It all starts with choosing your favorite type of dough: puff pastry or pie crust and then figuring out what kind of filling you want to stuff it with.
What is a Sausage Roll?
A sausage roll is a pastry snack. You can buy it at a store and also get it from a bakery. It is popular in the countries in the Commonwealth of Nations, and you can buy them at any time of day.
British sausage rolls are also easy-to-prepare handheld breakfast or snack that you can eat on the go. They’re usually made with a white, flaky pastry dough and filled with meat (usually pork) mixed in spices like salt, pepper, nutmeg, allspice, and sage.
The filling for sausage rolls is traditionally cooked before they’re wrapped in the dough, but you can also use raw meat and cook them while preparing the pastry.
Sausage Rolls are also very popular in Australia. The Brits might invent the rolls, but Australia has adopted it and makes their own version. Australian Sausage Rolls are seasoned, fresh sausage or spicy sausage, wrapped in a flaky, buttery pastry. They are delicious for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, or as an appetizer.
Puff Pastry Vs Pie Crust Sausage Rolls
The most common sausage rolls use puff pastry to envelop the mince. However, pie crust sausage rolls have become very popular nowadays. What is the difference between the two doughs?
Pie crust (also known as pie dough or shortcrust pastry) and puff pastry have essentially the same ingredients. Water, flour, butter, a pinch of salt, and sugar. But the way they’re made is the biggest difference between them because it dictates just what the end result will be like.
You can make your own homemade pastry or pie crust dough, or just buy frozen store-bought puff pastry or pie crust.
About Puff Pastry
In baking, puff pastry – also known as pâte feuilletée – is a laminated dough.
When you laminate dough, it means that you are making many layers of dough. You do this by wrapping the dough around unsalted butter, and then rolling it out and folding it over on itself many times.
The final product is golden brown, crispy, thick but light. You can see the layers in it.
Puff pastry is more delicate and you can taste the butter. The buttery puff pastry is flaky and a little more savory than pie crust.
Puff pastry is going to have a crisp and crunchy texture. There will be layers of air between the dough. It will make the final product satisfying to eat.
About Pie Crust
When making a pie crust, there is no need for lamination since you do not want to create a puff pastry with the layers and flaky pieces created by it.
Pie crust is made of fat like butter or shortening, flour, and salt.
This dough is a lot thinner, and it’s crumbly and crispy. It doesn’t have as much rise as puff pastry, but it tastes good.
In pie crust, you will get a rich taste. It is like cookies. The crust is crispy and crumbly and tastes buttery.
Pie crust has a much shorter texture with a more delicate, crumbly texture. It is thicker, crumbly, and hearty. It will still be crispy and flaky though.
Puff Pastry Vs Pie Crust Sausage Rolls: Which One Will You Choose?
It actually depends on your preferences.
If you like light, flaky and buttery sausage rolls, then you need to use puff pastry. The rolls will have flaky sausage foldovers.
If you like your sausage rolls rich, crumbly, and melt in your mouth feeling, then die pie crust can give you that.
However, if you have leftover puff pastry or pie crust in your freezer, just use any of those. Both doughs are great for sausage rolls.
Easy Step by Step Sausage Rolls Recipes
Here are two easy recipes for sausage rolls, both with pastry puff and pie crust as wrappers. You can also make mini sausage rolls with these recipes.
Classic Puff Pastry Sausage Rolls Recipe
- 1 medium onion, finely chopped
- 2 tablespoons minced fresh chives or 2 teaspoons dried chives
- 2 teaspoons minced fresh basil or 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon white pepper
- 1 teaspoon paprika, divided
- 1-1/4 pounds bulk pork sausage meat
- 1 package (17.3 ounces) frozen puff pastry, thawed
- Preheat oven to 350°C.
- Mix the first 6 ingredients and 3/4 teaspoon of paprika. Add sausage and mix it gently.
- On a floured surface, roll out the pastry strip into a rectangle. Then cut the long way into 3 strips.
- Put 1/2 cup of sausage mixture on each strip. Fold over the sides and pinch them together to seal. Then cut it into 6 pieces.
- Put your meat on a rack. Place it in a baking tray that is 15x10x1 inches wide. Sprinkle the top with paprika.
- Bake for 20-25 minutes, until golden brown and the sausage cooked.
Simple Pie Crust Sausage Rolls Recipe
- 2 (9 inch) frozen pie crusts, thawed and ready to bake
- 1 pound sausage meat
- 2 teaspoons prepared mustard
- Preheat oven to medium heat 220°C. Lightly grease a baking sheet.
- Place the dough on a flat floured surface. Spread mustard on it. Spread the sausage meat filling onto each piece of dough. Use a spatula to flatten down the sausage so it is as thin as possible.
- Roll the pie crust into a long tube shape, seal with a bit of water. Cut the tube into pieces that are around 1/2 inch thick.
- Bake for 18 minutes or until sausage is cooked and the crust is golden perfection.
How long do cooked sausage rolls last?
Sausage rolls last 1-2 days in the fridge. If they are in there for too long, the pastry will get soggy.
Can I freeze sausage rolls?
Yes, you can freeze sausage rolls cooked or uncooked. Put them in a plastic freezer-safe bag and then store them in the freezer for up to three months.
How do I reheat frozen sausage rolls (uncooked)?
To reheat from frozen, you can either let them completely thaw or put them in the oven for a little longer.
How do I reheat cooked sausage rolls?
We recommend heating the rolls in the microwave for a minute or two first, then finishing them in the oven for 5-10 minutes.
How do you keep sausage rolls from getting soggy on the bottom?
Higher-fat sausages make more oil and liquid. This can make the bottom of your sausage roll pastry feel wet and soggy. You should choose a lower-fat sausage to avoid this problem. Try to find a good quality sausage that is less than 70% meat for best results.
How do I know when they’re cooked?
When sausages are cooked at the right temperature and for the right amount of time, they will be ready. But if you’re still not sure, cut one open to see how it looks.
Why are sausage rolls unhealthy?
Sausage rolls are a food that you can get fat from, with high-calorie diet, so they are not so healthy. The meat and the pastry together make it possible to get more than double the amount of fat in your diet.
As a solution, use lean meat or organic pork sausage for the sausage filling.