Sausage rolls are a party favourite for everyone. I once went to a wedding and they were one of three options at the buffet dinner menu, (the other options were party pies and mini-quiches) and all came out of a box. But hey, they’re cheap and according to most people taste pretty good (I’ve never been a fan of commercially bought sausage rolls – but that’s just me).
The only problem is, the enormous amount of preservatives, colours and flavours just makes reaching for a boxed sausage roll SO not worth it!
Here’s a list of ingredients off of boxed brand I found with Google :
Pastry: Wheat Flour(48%), Water, Vegetable Shortening(28%)(Vegetable Fats, Vegetable Oils, Salt, Emulsifiers(471, 475*), Antioxidants(320, 310)), Salt, Colour(160a). Meat Filling: Ground Beef(33%), Water, Onion(13%), Breadcrumbs(Cereals, Yeast, Salt, Gluten, Vegetable Oil, Soy Flour, Emulsifiers(481, 471, 472(e)).
All those numbers! I don’t even know what they mean. AND only 33% of the filling is actually meat? Uuuuummmmmmm….yeah no thanks. You’d be hard pressed to find store-bought sausage rolls without some sort of extra ingredient in it to make it last. Not to mention it’s pretty much impossible to get vegetarian versions (let alone vegan ones!) Sad Face 🙁
I don’t think people really understand the ease of home-cooking sometimes. How much more of an effort is it to buy ingredients, wiz them in a food processor, roll and bake? Maybe 10 minutes more effort and an extra thing to clean up (ONE EXTRA THING!). Trust me, that little extra effort tastes so much better and is so much better for your body. The great thing about this recipe is that you can double or even triple the ingredients and freeze the uncooked rolls. That way when you fancy some home-made convenience, just pop them in the oven for half an hour and voila! It’s a Win-win-win-win situation really.
These rolls are made with tofu and vegetables with added seasonings making them totally yum and totally healthy (as far as a sausage rolls go). This is a basic flavor combination but feel free to experiment with what tastes good and what you like. Let me know what you come up with in the comments so I can try them out too!