, Step by step

Cranberry and orange sausage rolls

A festive twist on a favorite party treat!

Mark Stower, Director of Food and Service.

Preparation Time: 30 mins

Cooking Time: 20-30 mins

Serves: 12


  • Step 1

    Pre-heat the oven to 180C.

  • Step 2

    Place a large saucepan over a medium heat and add a little cooking oil. Add the shallots, garlic, cranberries, stir then cover with a lid and allow to soften gently for around 5 minutes. When ready, take off the heat and leave to cool.

  • Step 3

    Place the sausagemeat and chopped parsley into a bowl and add the cooled shallot and cranberry mixture. Add the orange zest, season with salt and pepper and mix together thoroughly – by hand is best!

  • Step 4

    Roll out the puff pastry to form a long oblong about 15cm wide and 30cm long. Place the sausagemeat mix onto the long front edge of the pastry, forming it into a long sausage shape.

  • Step 5

    Beat your egg and add the splash of milk to make an egg wash. Brush this over the remaining exposed pastry, keeping at least half back for the next stage.

  • Step 6

    Gently lift the front edge of the pastry and roll it away from you, wrapping the sausage meat in the pastry and forming a long roll. Brush the roll with the remaining egg wash.

  • Step 7

    With a sharp knife, cut the roll into individual pieces the size that you require, place on a baking tray and place in the oven. Leave until the pastry is golden brown, then remove and place on a wire rack to cool.


No Christmas feast is complete without sausage rolls, especially if they are home-made. Mark’s December recipe with added cranberries, shallots and orange zest is a delicious twist on the traditional sausage roll.

Oranges have long played a role at Christmas – probably because they were one of the few fruits available in the winter in Northern Europe. In days gone by, when fruit was a luxury, an orange in the stocking on Christmas morning would have been greeted with as much joy by a child as a new toy – very hard to believe today!

The cranberry is a native North American plant. Cranberries are traditionally served with the Thanksgiving Day turkey in the USA, apparently introduced on the first Thanksgiving celebration because of their important health giving properties – among other things they are a good source of vitamin C.

Cranberry sauce may not have featured in Victorian Christmas feasts but is now usually served with our Christmas turkey. A small type of cranberry grows in Northern Europe and was used in Scandinavian liquors and cranberries do get a mention from Mrs Beeton as a pudding ingredient.