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Irish Sausage Roll (with a twist!)

Irish Sausage Roll (with a twist!)

Irish Sausage Rolls

This recipe is a twist on a traditional Irish sausage roll recipe. It is made with some traditional Irish sausage meat with a few extra ingredients.

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I was experimenting a little bit with size and shapes when I made these which is why my photos are not that brilliant, but believe me the results were great and everything went while it was still hot!

Traditional Sausage Rolls Recipe

Authentic Irish sausage rolls have a nice light puff pastry around a tasty herby sausage meat.

prepared ingredients

In this recipe for Irish Sausage Rolls the ingredients are based on some pork sausage meat (80% ground pork) from traditional Irish sausages.

I used some spring onion and black pepper flavoured sausages from Aldi that are just delicious. They already include some spices so you do not have to add much of your own. I squeezed the sausage meat from the sausages by hand.

I used the same type of sausages in my hot sausage sandwich and cold sausage sandwich recipes. They are sooo good 🙂

In this sausage roll recipe, I have also added some garlic, tomato, spinach and mustard to spice them up a bit and add something different.

chopped tomatoes

You could of course also add some herbs of choice, but I chose not to as the sausage meat was actually tasty enough on its own.

Shillelagh Irish Pub in the Hague

When I lived in the Netherlands I used to go often to visit the Shillelagh Irish Pub in the Java Street, den Haag, on a Saturday afternoon.

add tomatoes

Add the tomatoes to centre of the fried meat

The primary reason was that they always covered the Six Nations and other international rugby matches and the pub would fill with ex-pats, and a great atmosphere. Especially on St. Patrick’s day!

The secondary reason was that they would serve up delicious homemade snacks at half-time.

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One of these were homemade sausage rolls, hot from the oven, that were just what the doctor had ordered after a few nice pints of Kilkenney. Great half-time food!

Unfortunately, it seems that the Shillelagh in the Hague is no longer in existence. A shame, as I have spent many a happy hour there over the years.british sausage rolls

Irish Sausage Roll Recipe

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This recipe is not like the one used at the Shillalagh. It is a bit different. But it works and I hope you will try it.

It just depends on having a great sausage meat to use and a nice light puff pastry.

sausage roll recipe with a twist

Irish Sausage Roll with a twist

Let me know how you get on!

Make your own sausage rolls

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Irish Sausage Roll (with a twist!)

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

Make your own Irish sausage rolls at home with some tasty Irish Pork Sausage meat and a few extra surprising ingredients! Hope you enjoy!


  • 1 shallot, finely chopped
  • 450g Irish Sausage meat (I used some spring onion and cracked Black pepper pork sausages from Aldi)
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 roll puff pastry
  • Handful of spinach
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1 tomato
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1-2 tbsp English Mustard


    1. Fry the garlic and shallot together for about 2 minutes. Then add to a mixing bowl with the sausage meat and mix together well by hand.
    2. Finely chop the spinach and add to the bowl.
    3. Season with salt and pepper to suit, and mix all the ingredients well together.
    4. Chop the tomato, removing the pips and wet part, so as to retain the meaty fleshy part.
    5. Then form the mixture into equal sized cylinders roughly 10cm long and 3cm diameter.
    6. Fry these in a pan in some vegetable oil, turning regularly. Remove from the pan when browned on all sides, and allow to cool.
    7. Then slice the sausage-shaped meat longitudinally in the middle and add some chopped tomato.
    8. Roll out the pastry sheet on a lightly floured surface. Spread some mustard where you are going to place the sausage and cut the pastry to suit. Then wrap the sausage in the pastry, making sure you crimp and seal the ends.
    9. Place some small diagonal cuts in the pastry to allow steam to escape during cooking. Then place the parcels on a non-stick surface, or parchment paper.
    10. Baste with melted butter (or egg wash) and then cook in the oven on a baking tray at 190C for about 30 minutes.
    11. They should be ready when the pastry has cooked.


Serve up warm, but it is also great cold.

Cold Sausage Sandwich
Hot Sausage Sandwich
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