The ultimate makeover: Sausage rolls

The ultimate makeover: Sausage rolls

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Prep: 25 mins Cook: 20 mins Plus chilling


Makes 16
Angela Nilsen sends calories packing with her healthier version of these picnic favourites

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freeze before baking

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal99
  • fat5.5g
  • saturates2g
  • carbs6.8g
  • sugars0.3g
  • fibre0.6g
  • protein5.9g
  • salt0.27g
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    For the filling

    • 1 tsp rapeseed oil
      Rapeseed oil

      Rapeseed oil

      If you want a light alternative to other cooking oils, rapeseed is a great choice and has…

    • 1 plump shallot, finely chopped



      Related to the onion (as opposed to being a younger version of it), shallots grow in clusters at…

    • 100g green lentil, drained weight from a 400g can



      The lentil plant (Lens Culinaris) originates from Asia and North Africa and is one of our oldest…

    • 300g lean pork mince (8% fat), preferably organic
    • 50g fresh white breadcrumbs
    • 2 tsp finely chopped tarragon



      A popular and versatile herb, tarragon has an intense flavour that's a unique mix of sweet…

    • good pinch dry mustard powder



      A condiment made by mixing the ground seeds of the mustard plant with a combination of…

    • good pinch grated nutmeg



      One of the most useful of spices for both sweet and savoury

    For the pastry

    • ½ x 375g sheet of ready-roll puff pastry
    • 2 tsp semi-skimmed milk, to glaze


    1. Heat oven to 220C/200C fan/gas 7. Line a baking sheet with baking parchment.

    2. Heat the oil in a small, non-stick frying pan. Tip in the shallot and fry for a few mins until softened. Leave to cool. Meanwhile, mash the lentils in a bowl with the back of a spoon, then stir in the rest of the ingredients, the shallot, a small pinch of salt and a good grating of black pepper. Chill for 20 mins (not essential but makes it easier to shape).

    3. Halve the filling. Lightly flour the work surface and, using your hands, roll each half, one at a time, to a 28cm-long sausage shape (picture 1) – dust more flour on the work surface if it starts to stick. Set aside.

    4. Roll out the pastry on a clean, lightly floured work surface to a 28cm square. Cut in half to give 2 rectangles. Lay one of the sausage shapes along one of the long edges of one pastry rectangle. Roll the pastry around it to almost enclose (picture 2), then brush a little milk down the opposite long side. Roll the join underneath and press lightly down to seal. Trim off the ends to neaten if necessary, then slice into 8 rolls (picture 3). Place on a baking sheet, with the joins underneath. Using the blunt side of the knife, make 3 indents on top of each roll (picture 4). Repeat with the rest of the pastry and filling. Brush the tops with a little milk.

    5. Bake for 18-20 mins until golden and slightly puffy. Remove from the sheet and cool on a wire rack. Serve warm or cold.

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    Lisa Stacey's picture
    Lisa Stacey
    16th Dec, 2013
    Very nice sausage rolls, I like lentils so these were a winner for me. They def need a bit of somethong else to flavour them. I played around with adding cranberries (festive), then did a batch with a small amount of chorizo, another batch with dijon and half fat cheese, all were pretty good, but don,t scrimp on the seasoning.
    18th Jan, 2013
    I have made these many times, with various tweaks to the recipe. I now add just a tiny pinch of tarragon as find it too overpowering. I add two shallots which I fry in a mix of oilwith a touch of butter and season it Well. Pork is very bland without proper seasoning. I buy Duchy organic minced pork from Waitrose it's 8% fat and very reasonably priced. A very cheap meal that not only looks great but tastes great too
    ger9955's picture
    21st Nov, 2012
    Thought these lacked flavour and would welcome some suggetsions on how to improve it ?
    28th Apr, 2012
    Loved these. Turned out great and were so tasty. Didn't include the mustard powder or tarragon though as didn't have them in the house but still were lovely :)
    26th Aug, 2011
    Worked well. Nice sausage rolls
    libby0's picture
    25th Jul, 2011
    I loved the green lentils in this they gave a lovely texture but for me there was too much bread. I was unable to find 8% fat pork was much higher I am afraid. I didn't like the tarragon with the pork. But I would make it again, leave out the bread and add sage instead of tarragon and nutmeg.
    3rd Jul, 2011
    Love this recipe - would really recommend it. Much lighter than 'regular' sausage rolls. (I used double the lentils).
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