I decided that I needed to try making them. It looked fairly simple, with the hardest element being the rough puff pastry. You'll find the recipe I followed here
The first thing I discovered was that the dough was far too sticky - in fact I had to add a whole lot more flour. But once I'd done that, it was surprisingly easy - all that rolling and re-rolling succeeded in distributing the butter to make lots of layers.
The chutney also took slightly longer than I expected but again was well worth it, and even though it took about ten minutes more to make, it's not difficult, and is little more than stirring.
As for the sausagemeat, the pack I bought was 500g so I bought two sausages from the meat counter at Waitrose to make up the weight.
Once the pastry and chutney is made, really it's just an assembly job.
Ready to go in the oven.
I regularly make homemade potato wedges (wedges of potato tossed in oil and salt and then put in the oven for 30 minutes) so served these with them and some spaghetti hoops at the kids request.
This is not the best picture and this wasn't the prettiest roll, but they were devoured so fast I only had time to take one photo! Oh my they were so tasty I never want to buy another sausage roll again! The kids loved them (although not the onions so much) and REALLY liked the pastry.
So, tonight I thought I'd make them again, but what with the baby's jabs today and not feeling 100% I thought I'd try a cheat's version. The children really loved these, including the pastry, and I left the onions out (although if you wanted to you could put some Branston (or other brand) pickle in.
A 375g pack of ready rolled puff pastry (such as Jus-rol or own brand equivalent)Approximately 600g sausages (the pack I had was 681g)
An egg, beaten
Preheat the oven to 220°c
Roll out the dough and cut into 6 equal rectangles
Skin the sausages and squish two together (6 times) to get 6 bigger sausage shapes
Place the sausage shape at one of the short edges of the pastry (this is where you'd add a spoonful of pickle, if you wish) and roll up, so the join sits underneath.
Place the six sausage rolls on a baking tray and brush with beaten egg
Slash the tops of the rolls 6 times-ish
Put into the oven with potato wedges if you like, and as I did tonight, corn on the cobs
Bake for 30-35 minutes
You can see that they look like sausage rolls, and I can vouch for the fact that they taste like sausage rolls too! I actually preferred the sausages to sausagemeat as it seemed juicier.
Try both and tell me which you prefer?