My Mother-In-Law’s English Sausage Rolls for Dinner

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I don’t think I had ever had a sausage roll before I met my husband. But when he and I started dating, a tin of about a dozen or so would arrive in the mail before each Christmas and more than half a dozen would quickly disappear because of a new (and now continued) obsession I had with these little masterpieces.

I have since had my mother-in-law scribe her original recipe for me and for my husband, who loves them, and for our children to have for the future. She and my father-in-law are originally from England, where they grew up eating these treats. I keep the recipe protected in a plastic sheet because traditions like these ought to be preserved. In fact, I adore these savory pastries and my mother-in-law so much that I included the recipe in a class cookbook at my son’s preschool to pass it on to other families that might enjoy them over the years as either appetizers, snacks or for a main course at dinnertime. But mostly, the recipe carries on and preserves a very special family tradition on my husband’s side of the family.

I even made them in a mini version for my son’s annual “Art Night” event and they were gobbled up by kids and adults alike.

And nothing could be simpler to make. The ingredients include:

-1 package of folded puff pastry dough
-1 pound of any type of sausage you like, casings removed or bought in bulk
-One beaten egg or melted butter

Preheat your oven to 375 degrees. Start by removing the puff pastry from the container and unrolling it lightly onto a floured surface. With a pizza cutter begin to cut 3 inch strips down the length of the dough. Pull about 1 1/2 tablespoons of the raw, loose sausage and roll into a small log shape to about 2 inches in length. Place the sausage log starting at the bottom of one of the strips of pastry and roll the dough around it. Cut with the pizza cutter where the pieces of dough meet, press ends together and place seam-side down onto greased baking sheet. Don’t worry about sealing the ends. Do this until you have used all of the sausage and dough.

Next, brush the top of the sausage rolls with either beaten egg or melted butter and place them into the oven for about 18 minutes or until they are golden brown and you see some fat being rendered. There you have it! We usually like to serve them with the hot, English dry mustard that you mix with water. So yummy and comforting. They make great after school snacks for kids, too!

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