Party Food – Homemade Sausage Rolls

When I think of party food, one of the first things that comes to mind are Sausage Rolls.  Now I am a bit of a Sausage Roll snob, they need to have crisp flaky pastry, veggies that you can actually identify in them and of course a yummy flavour.

When it comes to making them, I don’t really follow a specific recipe. It’s more about adding whatever I have in the cupboard and fridge at the time.  In the past I’ve used honey, oyster sauce and steak sauce as ingredients.  The last batch I made was for our big boy’s 2nd birthday, so I added a few extra veggies to help balance out all the cake the kids ate.

For me, the only accompaniment you should EVER serve with sausage rolls is homemade sauce.  Since we didn’t have any ‘bought’ sauce in the pantry, I begrudgingly parted with some of my Mum’s homemade sauce for our party guests to enjoy.

Sausage Rolls

For the sausage rolls pictured above, I followed the below recipe:

6 sheets of ready made puff pastry

500g beef mince

2 carrots – grated

1 zucchini – grated

4 slices of rindless bacon – diced

1 large brown onion – grated

2 eggs – 1 egg for mixture and the other is for egg wash

1/4 cup tomato sauce or tomato chutney

1/4 cup bbq sauce

2 tablespoons sweet chilli sauce

2 tablespoons dried thyme leaves

Salt and Pepper to taste

Sesame seeds to garnish if you wish

– Preheat oven to 200 degrees

– Remove pastry from freezer and allow to thaw slightly.

– Combine mince, veggies, 1 egg, sauces, thyme and salt and pepper in a bowl.  Using a large spoon mix until ingredients are evenly distributed.

– Lightly beat remaining egg into a cup.

– Cut a sheet of pastry in half, then using your hands, place meat mixture in the middle of the pastry sheet and then fold pastry over the top.  Repeat until all of the meat/pastry has been used.

– Cut the sausage rolls into smaller pieces, brush with egg wash and sprinkle with sesame seeds if you wish.

– Bake in for approximately 20 minutes, or until pastry has turned golden brown.  The baking time will vary depending on the size of your sausage rolls.


Happy Birthday Nan

Whilst browsing through the Myer Spring/Summer homewares catalogue, I came across a mixing bowl that instantly reminded me of one that my Nan used to have.  I can remember sitting in her kitchen watching her mix cakes and other goodies by hand.  Over the weekend when I just happened to find myself in a Myer store, I was very excited to find the bowl and find it was also 30% off!


My new 'Nana Bowl' and one of her recipe books

My new ‘Nana Bowl’ and one of her recipe books


Today would have marked her 106th birthday (she passed away in 2007 shortly before her 100th birthday), and to honour this I’m sharing her recipe for homemade pasties.

This pastry is super easy to make, and well worth the effort.  The original ingredients for the filling are pretty simple, and I’ve added a few extra things to give them some more flavour.


Pastry (short pie crust)

4 oz self raising flour (1/2 cup)

4 oz plain flour (1/2 cup)

pinch of salt

4 oz of butter/marg/lard (this sure shows the age of this recipe!)

4 tbsp water


* Sift all dry ingredients together in a large bowl

* Rub in butter until mixture resembles bread crumbs

* Add half of the water and stir through using a knife, continue to add water until dough forms

* Knead dough until smooth, let it rest in the fridge for 15minutes



500g of mince (can use either beef or lamb)

2 grated potatoes

1 grated onion

1 grated carrot

1/2 cup of frozen peas

1 tablespoon of dry mixed herbs

1 clove of garlic

2 tablespoons of tomato relish/sauce

salt and pepper to taste

1/2 cup of milk for glaze

* Roll out pastry and cut into rounds the size of a saucer and brush edges with a small amount of water to moisten

* Add filling mixture to centre of round

* Bring sides of pastry together at the top to enclose filling. Pinch the pastry together to secure

* Top with milk glaze an bake in a 190 degree oven for 35 minutes or until golden and cooked through

** Makes approx 6 pasties.

Nan's Pasties

Nan’s Pasties


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