Sausage Rolls

Everyone loves these Sausage Rolls! A tender and flaky crust with a cheesy, soft sausage center. Dip these sausage rolls in marinara sauce or honey mustard!

I’m going to go so far as to say that these sausage rolls are kind of like the Italian sausage cousin to Pigs in a Blanket. Same concept, just different packaging, really. Little bites of meat wrapped in a buttery, flaky crust. These are hands down one of the best party foods going.

sausage rolls on a plate for appetizers

An Easy Party Appetizer!

Of course you can make these sausage rolls for a fun dinner night at home—I promise your kids are going to love you for it. But for appetizers, these little guys take the cake. Serve them with your favorite dipping sauce and the party is on.

This appetizer recipe can also be made ahead of time to make your party a lot easer. We’ll get into more details about how to do that down in the post, but just know that these babies are going to be a recipe staple for years to come.

How To Make Sausage Rolls

These appetizers are really very easy to make, ever our kids get in on the action! Start by rolling out the puff pastry into approximately a 13″ x 11″ rectangle. There are typically two sheets of puff pastry in each package, so let’s start with one at a time here.

Now, cut the rectangle into three strips lengthwise, like you see here.

sausage rolls on puff pastry for appetizer recipe

Now to make the filling, add the sausage, parmesan cheese, mozzarella cheese, dried basil, garlic powder and an egg. Mix the filling together and then divide it into approximately 6 logs.

Line the sausage filling onto each strip as shown in the photos above. Using an egg wash, brush one long side of each roll and then roll up the sausage roll, making sure to tuck in the sausage filling.

Fold in each side and tuck underneath the roll. Place seam side down on a parchment lined baking sheet. Again, make sure that the bottom seam is completely sealed with no sausage leaking out.

Puff pastry rolls filled with a sausage and cheese filling

Repeat this process with the second sheet of puff pastry; you’ll want to use 2 baking sheets because the puff pastry expands as it cooks. Brush the tops of each roll with an egg wash (an egg beaten with a splash of water) and then bake at 425 degrees for 20 minutes.

Just take a look at these golden brown flaky beauties! Let these babies cool for at least 5 minutes before slicing into bite sized pieces and then serve.

Sausage Rolls on a baking sheet

Can You Make These Appetizers Ahead Of Time?

The answer here is yes, but they are best when freshly made. But if you do need to make these sausage rolls ahead of time, here’s how you do it!

  1. Make the recipe from start to finish and let the sausage rolls cool. Cut into pieces and then place in a container or a resealable freezer bag in a single layer.
  2. Freeze for up to a month.
  3. Place the frozen sausage rolls on a parchment lined baking sheet and bake at 400 for 12-15 minutes, until the rolls are heated through. If the rolls get a little dark while reheating, cover loosely with foil.

Sausage rolls cut into pieces on a plate with dipping sauce

Can I Make These Sausage Rolls With Turkey Sausage?

Definitely! Really any kind of sausage will work. Spice it up with a spicy Italian sausage, chicken or turkey sausage, too! You can even add different kinds of cheese like Monterey Jack or cheddar. Any kind of good melting cheese will work.

Sausage Rolls stacked on a plate

How Do You Thaw Puff Pastry?

Following the instructions on the box is the best bet, but I do have some tips for you. First of all, try to avoid thawing the puff pastry in the microwave. I know there are instructions for that on the box, but I just don’t think that it thaws properly that way.

The best way to do it is to let the puff pastry thaw on its own and then roll it out. But do unfold the puff pastry as soon as it lets you so that the halves don’t stick together when the puff pastry defrosts fully.

appetizer recipe with puff pastry and Italian sausage

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sausage rolls on a plate for appetizers

Sausage Rolls

  • Author: Dan
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 40 appetizers 1x

Everyone LOVES these buttery, flaky Sausage Rolls! A perfect party appetizer, serve with a variety of sauces for dipping. These sausage rolls can be made ahead of time and frozen, too!

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Ingredients

  • 1 package frozen puff pastry, thawed according to the package directions (2 sheets to a package)
  • 1 1/2 pounds Italian sausage, loose or removed from casings
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 eggs (1 for the filling, 1 for an egg wash)
  • Flour, for dusting

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Add the sausage, parmesan cheese, mozzarella cheese, basil, garlic powder and 1 of the eggs (beaten) to a bowl. Mix well and set aside.
  3. Dust a board lightly with flour and then roll out one of the puff pastry sheets to approximately a 13″ x 11″ rectangle. Cut the puff pastry into three strips, lengthwise. (Refer to the post for pictures.)
  4. Divide the sausage filling in half and then divide the half into thirds. Place one third of the sausage filling onto each strip of puff pastry, forming a log down the center of each strip of dough.
  5. Use the remaining egg to make an egg wash (beat the egg in a small bowl with a splash of water) and brush along one side of each strip of dough.
  6. Roll the dough up lengthwise over the sausage filling, sealing at the seam. Tuck the ends under the roll and then place on a parchment lined baking sheet seam side down. Repeat with the remaining rolls and then repeat this process for the second sheet of puff pastry. (You’ll need to use 2 baking sheets to make sure the rolls don’t stick together as the bake.)
  7. Bake for 20 minutes, rotating the pans halfway through if one side is getting too brown, and then remove from the oven.
  8. Let the sausage rolls cool for at least 5 minutes (10 is better, they will still be hot!). Slice into bite sized pieces and serve with your choice of dipping sauce.

Recipe Notes

To Freeze: You can make these sausage rolls completely ahead of time, let them cool, cut them and freeze. When ready to bake, place frozen sausage rolls on a parchment lined baking sheet and bake at 400 degrees for 12-15 minutes until warmed through.

  • Category: Appetizers
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American

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