Nigerian Sausage Rolls

Store-bought puff pastry, ground pork, and seasonings are used to make sausage rolls. Quick, simple, and guaranteed to satisfy. They’re great as a snack, an appetizer, or even breakfast! Everybody sure loves them.

What is a Sausage Roll?

This dish is a savory snack or appetizer made from sheets of puff pastry, accompanied with a meaty filling made of sausage, onions, garlic, egg, and spices.

It is made up of a pastry dough wrapped around a well-seasoned sausage Meat. The pastry used for this rolls is very similar to the one used for the Nigerian Meat Pie or Chicken Pie. Bake them right away (or freeze for future use) and pair it with your favorite dipping sauce!

If you grew up in Nigeria in the 1990s, you’ll be familiar with the gala brand of sausage rolls, which are usually sold by street vendors. When we buy this gala sausage, we often buy a popular drink called la casera to go with it, and by the time you’ve finished eating it, you’ll feel satisfied as if you’ve just eaten a full course meal.

How To Make Sausage Rolls

There’s nothing complicated about this recipe, I promise. Cook off onion, garlic, celery and bacon, then just mix the filling (I use my hands!), place on puff pastry, roll and bake. 30 minutes later, your self control is going to be seriously tested as you try to resist taste testing just one more, just one more.

Once cooked, the inside will still look a bit pink because of the bacon. But it’s very easy to tell that it’s cooked because the texture of the meat is completely different to when it’s raw.

Also, there’s no way that that the inside would not be cooked by the time the pastry is a deep golden brown which takes a good 30 minutes.

FAQ

Here are the frequently asked questions about Sausage rolls:

Do You Have To Put Breadcrumbs In Ground Beef?

Putting breadcrumbs in ground beef is necessary because breadcrumbs act as a binder to keep the protein together so that while baking, it doesn’t shrink, leaving you with a tough texture.

What Can I Use Instead Of Breadcrumbs In Sausage Rolls?

There are a couple of options available you can use instead of breadcrumbs like Rice Krispies, oats, crushed cereal, crushed chips, nuts etc.

Is Sausage Rolls A Nigerian Snack?

Sausage rolls does not originate and is not only eaten in Nigeria. There are English sausage rolls and the Scottish type. What’s the difference? The meat used is all the difference. The English use ground pork for filling and the Scots use ground beef for filling.

Reheating

You may also bake up these rolls and freeze or refrigerate. Just reheat them when ready to serve. To reheat, pop them in a 350 F oven and bake for about 10 minutes straight off from the fridge. Or if they’re baked and frozen, defrost them for an hour at room temperature and heat them up in the oven for 5 minutes.

Let me know in the comments below if you have any addition, questions, or comments about this Nigerian sausage roll recipe.

Nigerian Sausage Roll Recipe

This recipe is the gold standard way of making Nigerian Sausage Roll which involves baking.
Prep Time 25 mins
Cook Time 35 mins
Total Time 55 mins
Course Snacks
Cuisine Nigerian
Servings 6

Ingredients
  

Ingredients for sausage roll dough 

  • 250g of plain flour
  • 120g of cold unsalted butter
  • 1 teaspoon of baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon of salt
  • 1 tablespoon of sugar, optional
  • 10-15 tablespoons of cold water or as needed
  • 1 egg, for egg wash.

Ingredients for sausage roll filling

  • 200g of ground pork meat
  • ½ teaspoon of black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon of ground nutmeg
  • ¾ teaspoon of minced garlic or dried coriander leaves, optional
  • ¼ teaspoon of salt

Instructions
 

  • With the aid of a food processor or fork, combine your pork meat, black pepper, minced garlic or dried coriander leaves, salt and ground nutmeg. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl, add your plain flour, baking powder, salt and sugar. Mix with your hands or spatula to combine well.
  • Add your cold butter and mix thoroughly with your hands to get a crumbly texture, just like breadcrumbs.
  • In little increments, add your cold water and mix well. Keep doing this till you get a non-sticky dough. Place on a lightly floured surface and knead for a couple of minutes. DO NOT OVERWORK YOUR DOUGH then allow your dough to rest for about 30 minutes.
  • Break and whisk your egg then set aside for later use (egg wash).
  • Preheat the oven to 200 degrees Celsius or 400F.
  • Get out your dough from its resting place, place on a lightly floured surface and divide. Roll out the portion of dough cut out with a rolling pin till you get the thickness you prefer and a rectangular shape.
  • Place your sausage meat on the dough, fold then seal with your egg wash using a pastry brush. Repeat the process till your dough has been exhausted.
  • Place sausage rolls on a baking tray lined with parchment paper or aluminium foil. Make a few holes or cuts with either a fork or knife on the top of your sausage rolls and brush with your beaten egg ( Egg wash).
  • Bake sausage rolls in a preheated oven of 200C (400F) for about 25 minutes or till golden brown.

Notes

  • For good quality dough, it’s advisable to use a butter with high fat content OR mix both butter and margarine in the proportion of your choice OR can use only margarine.
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    Always use cold butter
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    I’ve also noticed that there are “should be there” spices added to the meat of choice. They are: Black pepper (or any type of ground pepper), Salt, Nutmeg, Breadcrumb (This is applicable when using ground beef. Reason being to soften it.) and any other herbs or spice of choice like garlic, ground coriander etc.
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