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Caramelised Onion & Thyme Sausage Rolls

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You’re in for a treat! Imagine biting into a perfectly flaky sausage roll filled with a succulent mix of caramelised onions and thyme-infused sausage.

You’ll find it’s not as difficult as you’d think. We’ve broken down the steps, so you can easily recreate these mouthwatering morsels at home.

So, roll up your sleeves and let’s get started on your new favourite snack: caramelised onion and thyme sausage rolls. You won’t regret it!

Sourcing the Ingredients for Caramelised Onion & Thyme Sausage Rolls

You’ll need to hit the grocery store to gather all the necessary ingredients for your caramelised onion & thyme sausage rolls. Start with the pastry; you can either buy pre-rolled puff pastry or make your own from scratch.


For the filling, you’ll need good quality sausage meat, onions, fresh thyme, and a clove or two of garlic. Don’t forget the butter and sugar for caramelising the onions.

While you’re there, grab an egg for the egg wash that’ll give your sausage rolls that beautiful golden finish. You’ll also need some salt and pepper for seasoning.

Trust me, it’s worth the effort to get everything you need in one trip, so you can dive straight into cooking when you get home.

Steps to Prepare the Caramelised Onion

We’ll start off by slicing up the veggies and cooking them until they’re golden and sweet. You’ll need a large onion, which you’ll peel and slice thinly. Heat a bit of olive oil in a pan, then add your onions. You’ll want to cook them slowly, on low heat, stirring occasionally.

This slow cooking brings out the natural sugars in the onions, which will caramelize, giving your onions a rich, sweet flavor. It’s a slow process, so don’t rush it. Patience is key here.

Once they’re nicely browned and caramelized, add some fresh thyme leaves. The thyme adds a wonderful aroma and flavor, making your caramelized onions perfect for your sausage rolls.

Crafting the Thyme-infused Sausage Filling

Next, you’re going to make the filling for your pastry, which involves combining ground meat with a variety of seasonings.

Grab your ground sausage and pour it into a large bowl. You’ll need to add in finely chopped caramelised onions, remembering that these add a sweet, rich depth to your meat.

Now, it’s time to bring in the thyme. Sprinkle the dried leaves over the sausage mixture, allowing the earthy aroma to permeate the meat.

Don’t forget the salt and pepper, they’ll enhance the flavours. Once you’ve added all your seasonings, get your hands dirty and mix everything together. Make sure all the ingredients are well combined.

This thyme-infused sausage filling will elevate your pastry to new heights of deliciousness.

The Art of Rolling the Perfect Sausage Roll

Mastering the technique of rolling is essential as it determines how well your pastries hold their shape during baking. It’s all about patience and precision.

Start by placing your thyme-infused sausage filling in the center of your pastry sheet. Carefully fold the pastry over the filling, ensuring it’s snug but not too tight. Don’t rush this – it’s important. Use a little water to seal the edge, and then cut the roll into your desired lengths.

Now, you’re almost there. Just one more step. Lightly score the tops of the rolls with a sharp knife. This isn’t just for decorative purposes; it lets the steam escape during baking, preventing your rolls from bursting.

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You’ve got this! Your caramelised onion & thyme sausage rolls will be a sure hit.

Baking and Serving Suggestions for Caramelised Onion & Thyme Sausage Rolls

Once your pastries are perfectly rolled, it’s time to consider the best ways to bake and serve them for maximum deliciousness.

Preheat your oven to 200°C (180°C fan) mark 6. Brush the tops of your sausage rolls with a beaten egg for a glossy finish. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes until golden and crisp.

Let them cool slightly before serving; they’re delicious warm but just as tasty at room temperature. If you want to elevate the flavor profile, serve them with a grainy mustard or a tangy chutney.

If you’re hosting a party, consider a sausage roll station complete with a variety of condiments for guests to customize their own.

There’s no limit to the ways you can enjoy these delectable treats.

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Caramelised Onion & Thyme Sausage Rolls

You're in for a treat! Imagine biting into a perfectly flaky sausage roll filled with a succulent mix of caramelised onions and thyme-infused sausage.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Servings 8


  • 6 pork sausages
  • 2 tbsp caramelised onion chutney
  • 1 tsp wholegrain mustard
  • 1 tbsp chopped thyme
  • 320 g sheet puff pastry
  • 1 beaten egg
  • ½ tbsp poppy seeds



  • Heat the oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Squeeze the meat from the sausages into a bowl and mix with the chutney, mustard and thyme. Unravel the pastry and roll out until one side measures 43cm. Arrange the sausagemeat down the centre of the pastry. Use the egg to brush along the bottom of the pastry. Bring the pastry around the meat, and seal the edges with a fork, then cut into eight. Brush with a little more egg and sprinkle with the poppy seeds. Transfer to a lined baking sheet and cook for 25 mins or until golden.


What Are Some Suitable Side Dishes to Serve With Caramelised Onion & Thyme Sausage Rolls?

You’re wondering about suitable side dishes to pair with your main course. Consider serving a tangy coleslaw, roasted vegetables, or a fresh green salad. They’ll complement the savoury flavours without overpowering them.

Can I Freeze the Sausage Rolls Before Baking? if So, How and for How Long?

Absolutely, you can freeze your sausage rolls before baking. Just place them on a baking sheet, freeze until solid, then transfer to a bag or container. They’ll keep for up to three months.

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Are There Any Vegetarian or Vegan Substitutes for the Sausage in This Recipe?

Absolutely, you can swap out the sausage for vegetarian or vegan alternatives. There’s a variety out there, like soy-based sausages or even lentils. Just make sure you’re still seasoning them well for flavour.

Is There a Specific Type of Onion That Works Best for Caramelisation?

You’re not limited to a specific onion type for caramelisation. However, yellow onions are often preferred as they’ve got a nice balance of sweetness and flavour that’s enhanced when caramelised. Experiment to find your favourite.

What Are the Nutritional Facts for These Caramelised Onion & Thyme Sausage Rolls?

You’re asking about nutritional facts. They can vary depending on the recipe’s specifics. Typically, you’d look at calories, fat, carbohydrates, and protein. For an accurate breakdown, you’d need the exact recipe details.

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And there you’ve it! You’ve created scrumptious caramelised onion & thyme sausage rolls.

The sweetness of the caramelised onion paired with the earthy thyme makes for a tantalising treat.

Whether you’re serving them at a party or simply enjoying them for a weekend brunch, these sausage rolls are sure to be a hit.

So, don’t wait, it’s time to get rolling and let your kitchen be filled with this mouth-watering aroma.


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Meet Sue Perera, the culinary aficionado behind our captivating recipe hub. An imaginative and talented young woman, Sue has an unwavering passion for all things food – especially those aromatic wonders, cinnamon and thyme. Her deep-seated love for these two unique spices inspired the birth of this website, but don't be fooled – her culinary repertoire extends far beyond these two ingredients.
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