Turkey + Cranberry Sausage Rolls

No christmas morning is complete without sausage rolls in our family- a tradition from when I was my daughter's age. The cranberry gives a lovely sweetness and you really know its Christmas when you can smell these baking. If you eat pork and fancy going that step further wrap the turkey 'sausage' with two pieces of parma ham before covering in pastry. Its. Amazing.


Makes 8 individual or 1 large sausage roll


250g turkey (or chicken mince)

3 spring onions, roughly chopped

1 garlic clove, roughly chopped

1 tbsp dijon mustard

1 tbsp cranberry sauce

2 sheets puff pastry, defrosted  

1 egg, beaten


Place the turkey in a large mixing bowl. Put the spring onions, garlic, mustard and cranberry sauce in a food processor and blitz down into a paste before adding into the turkey. [Note: I add 1/2 tsp sea salt here but leave out if you want to]. Using your hands mix together and once everything looks evenly distributed wash your hands. Place a large sheet of clingfilm on your work surface. Divide the turkey mixture into two. Place one half lengthways along with clingfilm and roll into a sausage using the clingfilm. Twist the ends to secure and place in the freezer for 1 hour to set a little. Repeat with the second half.

To assemble: once you are ready to make the sausage rolls unroll the pastry on a lightly floured work surface. Cut in half lengthways so you have two long rectangles. Using the beaten egg, lightly brush a border around the edge of the pastry. [If using parma ham place 2 slices lengthways on both pieces of pastry]. Remove the turkey from the freezer and place along the length of  the pastry. Now fold one long side of pastry over the sausage to meet the other (and thus create the sausage roll) and using your finger tips press down to seal. Brush with egg and if you want individual rolls then cut each roll into 8 or leave as one big sausage roll. Now using scissors cut a slit in the pastry of each roll or every 2-cm if making one large one. Scatter with black sesame (or white if you can't find any). Bake for 20 (or 30 minutes) depending on if you make individual or one large one.