The ultimate makeover: Sausage rolls

Contains pork – recipe is for non-Muslims only
Angela Nilsen sends calories packing with her healthier version of these picnic favourites

  • Prep:25 mins
    Cook:20 mins
    Plus chilling
  • Easy

Nutrition per serving

  • kcal 99
  • fat 5.5g
  • saturates 2g
  • carbs 6.8g
  • sugars 0.3g
  • fibre 0.6g
  • protein 5.9g
  • salt 0.27g


  • 1 tsp rapeseed oil
  • 1 plump shallot, finely chopped
  • 100g green lentil, drained weight from a 400g can
  • 300g lean pork mince (8% fat), preferably organic
  • 50g fresh white breadcrumbs
  • 2 tsp finely chopped tarragon
  • good pinch dry mustard powder
  • good pinch grated nutmeg
  • ½ x 375g sheet of ready-roll puff pastry
  • 2 tsp semi-skimmed milk, to glaze


  1. Heat oven to 220C/200C fan/gas 7. Line a baking sheet with baking parchment.

  2. Heat the oil in a small, non-stick frying pan. Tip in the shallot and fry for a few mins until softened. Leave to cool. Meanwhile, mash the lentils in a bowl with the back of a spoon, then stir in the rest of the ingredients, the shallot, a small pinch of salt and a good grating of black pepper. Chill for 20 mins (not essential but makes it easier to shape).

  3. Halve the filling. Lightly flour the work surface and, using your hands, roll each half, one at a time, to a 28cm-long sausage shape (picture 1) – dust more flour on the work surface if it starts to stick. Set aside.

  4. Roll out the pastry on a clean, lightly floured work surface to a 28cm square. Cut in half to give 2 rectangles. Lay one of the sausage shapes along one of the long edges of one pastry rectangle. Roll the pastry around it to almost enclose (picture 2), then brush a little milk down the opposite long side. Roll the join underneath and press lightly down to seal. Trim off the ends to neaten if necessary, then slice into 8 rolls (picture 3). Place on a baking sheet, with the joins underneath. Using the blunt side of the knife, make 3 indents on top of each roll (picture 4). Repeat with the rest of the pastry and filling. Brush the tops with a little milk.

  5. Bake for 18-20 mins until golden and slightly puffy. Remove from the sheet and cool on a wire rack. Serve warm or cold.

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