Homemade sausage roll review

Homemade sausage rolls cooling down

About The Homemade Sausage Roll

It’s been a long year and at times recently, I felt as if I were limping towards Christmas, desperate for a break and for time to do nothing. Christmas is the season of giving and as such, I thought that I’d treat myself to an experiment in pork and pastry. It’s oft been said that effort can get you a long way in life but this experiment reinforced the knowledge that some skill is required also.

For this attempt at home baking, I took my inspiration from this recipe by Gill Meller, and this brilliant tutorial.

It seems for now, I shan’t be quitting the day job.


A flat in Hove that smells of sausages.

1. Appearance

Did the sausage roll look appetising? Was it lovingly displayed in the shop window?

The sausage rolls had a nice rustic look to them but the pastry hadn’t puffed and flaked as I’d hoped. I felt some trepidation when going in for the first bite.


2. Price

How much did you pay for it? Was it good value for money?

£3 for 500g of sausage mince from Rogman Butchers felt like a bargain. I had plain flour, butter and eggs in the flat.


3. Packaging

Was it carefully wrapped? Did it arrive home intact?

No packaging to speak of but the roll retained its structural integrity as I ate,


4. Weight

Did it have a satisfying weight? Was it reassuringly dense?

The rolls had decent weight and density, due to the amount of sausage meat that I’d packed into them.


5. Warmth

Was it warm and ready to eat or cold on arrival?

Oven fresh.


6. Pastry

Was it buttery and flaky? Did it hold together?

The pastry wasn’t great. This was a first attempt but I shan’t be retraining as a pastry chef anytime soon.


7. Quality of meat or filling

Was the filling substantial or did you mainly chew air?

Top quality filling, delicious texture and no gristle.


8. Flavour

Was the sausage roll delicious and well-seasoned?

I didn’t ask what Rogman put in their sausage mince but all the classic flavours of pork, pepper and Sage were present.


9. Satisfaction

Were you left satisfied or wanting more?

I was a little underwhelmed.


10. Bonus Points

Did anything warrant bonus points? Eg. a little pot of mustard or friendly service from the staff?

Bonus points for enthusiasm.




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