Homemade shortcrust sausage rolls are edible love
What are shortcrust sausage rolls? Only a way to a Brit’s heart! Nothing says love more than a little pastry filled with homemade pork sausage meat. I should know because I have been buying people’s love and goodwill with these sausage rolls for a while now.
For instance, when I first met my husband, I fed him my homemade sausage rolls. He proposed 6 months later. On my wedding day, my mom and I nervously ate Gregg’s sausage rolls before squeezing into our dresses. She was so happy, that she didn’t even need Xanax for the big day (I wish I could say the same for me).
When my in-laws come for a visit, I make sausage rolls as a welcome snack after hours upon hours on a plane. Not are they a welcome treat but they also help to fight jet lag.
Needless to say, these baked sausage rolls are near and dear to my heart. Share them with someone you love, that’s if you can avoid hoarding the rolls and eating them all by yourself.
How the sausage meat is made
Making sausage, or at least the meat filling is easier than you may think. Two key things to remember when you are making sausage meat is to keep everything cold and try your best not to overwork it.
Keeping it cold will not only help in cutting up and mincing the meat but will also keep the fat from melting and getting everywhere other than where you want it to go.
Season your meat before mincing it as this will prevent it from getting overworked since you don’t have to further mix it in once it is minced. Other than that, just get yourself and a good and reliable meat grinder and start experimenting with different seasonings and meat mixtures.
Which should you use for sausage rolls: shortcrust pastry or puff pastry?
In the past, I usually made my homemade sausage rolls with pre-made frozen puff pastry. Not only was this super easy and super delicious but it was also SUPER flaky. So flaky in fact that I ended up wearing that puff pastry all day.
So, if you are the type of person who doesn’t mind a big flaky mess, then go ahead and use puff pastry for your sausage roll. Personally, I like to use shortcrust pastry for my sausage rolls. I feel that it makes the rolls more substantial and hearty which nicely compliments the homemade sausage meat inside.
For me, shortcrust pastry makes each sausage roll a meal as opposed to a snack. Being that this type of pastry can be a tricky thing to master, you can always use pre-made frozen shortcrust pastry when you make sausage rolls. This will help save you time and any frustration trying to get the pastry just right.