Food: US vs UK Sausage Rolls

usukby Phyllis Irene Radford

The Daughters of the British Empire was founded as a social club for War Brides who emigrated to the US with their GI husbands. It quickly evolved into a national organization that raises money for charity. I was Regent of the Black Watch Chapter based in Milwaukie, Oregon, for several years. Our fundraiser was hosting a tea tent at the local Highland Games. Attendees at the time registered near 10,000. In subsequent decades the number has doubled. We all agreed that we HAD to have scones with jam, Empire Biscuits, lemon bars, hot tea, and iced tea.

The 3rd
weekend in July gets hot, even in Oregon. But then one of the older ladies went all dewy-eyed and wistful for sausage rolls. The members who worked for a living rolled their eyes and changed the subject. It seems the sausage rolls they remembered were extremely labor intensive with homemade phyllo dough and homemade sausage. Some even remembered the pig and calf Papa slaughtered for the hand-stuffed sausage. Highland farmsteads and all that. For the tea tent we compromised. This recipe is reduced for family appetizers rather than the 16 dozen each of us made for the tea tent along with a similar quota of scones. If you want puff pastry, or phyllo dough, you can buy it in the freezer compartment of your local grocery store.

1 package heat and serve sausage—any flavor
1 roll of refrigerator crescent rolls

Wrap a sausage in a triangle of dough. Place on a cookie sheet and bake
according to the instructions on the package plus an extra minute or two to
make sure the dough is fully cooked around the sausage, otherwise it stays
gooey. Let cool on a wire rack. Serve still warm or cold. If they last that long.


About Phyllis Irene Radford

Irene Radford has been writing stories ever since she figured out what a pencil was for. A member of an endangered species—a native Oregonian who lives in Oregon—she and her husband make their home in Welches, Oregon where deer, bears, coyotes, hawks, owls, and woodpeckers feed regularly on their back deck. A museum trained historian, Irene has spent many hours prowling pioneer cemeteries deepening her connections to the past. Raised in a military family she grew up all over the US and learned early on that books are friends that don’t get left behind with a move. Her interests and reading range from ancient history, to spiritual meditations, to space stations, and a whole lot in between. Mostly Irene writes fantasy and historical fantasy including the best-selling Dragon Nimbus Series and the masterwork Merlin’s Descendants series. In other lifetimes she writes urban fantasy as P.R. Frost or Phyllis Ames, and space opera as C.F. Bentley. Later this year she ventures into Steampunk as someone else. If you wish information on the latest releases from Ms Radford, under any of her pen names, you can subscribe to her newsletter: Promises of no spam, merely occasional updates and news of personal appearances.


Food: US vs UK Sausage Rolls — 2 Comments

  1. These were useful appetizers in the sixties, IIRC. My mother served them! I also have a cheese ball variant buried in my recipe file somewhere.

  2. There are not dissimilar items available pre-made and frozen in trays — case your frozen food section. I have bought them in huge boxes at Costco. But go into the cultural context, Phyl. You say these are appetizers. So you are serving them before sitting down to the main meal? At cocktail parties, while people hold alcoholic beverages and exchange witticisms? In bars, over a beer?