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Mini sausage and ham party rolls

Sat, 5 February, 2022

Mini sausage rolls or tiny ham and cheese pastries are the classic party fodder, and completely deservedly so. Make ahead, bake on the day, disappear in minutes.

mini party sausage rolls

Party rolls for party people! But seriously – no fancy ceviche or baba ghanoush canapes can beat old-fashioned puff pastry sausage or ham and cheese rolls.

The best party food

I realised that a while ago while preparing a buffet for a New Year’s Eve do. I had a plan that included Thai beef salad, with mini tacos or gem lettuce leaves to wrap the salad in.

There were going to be smoked salmon and balsamic parcels, prawn salad kebabs and crudites with a labneh dip. And when I shared those exciting plans with one of my prospective guests, she asked: ‘But you’ll make those little sausage pastries too, right?’

Let’s be honest – party food is not, nor is it supposed to be the healthiest nosh. Plus, fatty and carby foods are good to soak up the booze when cocktails are involved. And everybody loves them.

mini party ham and cheese rolls

How to make mini party rolls

It seems like a tedious, fiddly process but it is not that at all. A couple of sheets of ready puff pastry will make a lot of mini rolls – unless of course you want to stand up to the challenge and make your own rough puff pastry.

The sausage rolls are best made with chipolatas, considering their size. Buy the best quality sausages you can. I recommend removing the casing as it might be unpleasantly chewy and stringy in the rolls.

They can be made days ahead and baked on the day of the party, festively brushed with egg wash.

The ham and cheese rolls are a variation on the theme. Good ham, grated cheese and a favourite relish – I do recommend red onion marmalade – rolled up into puff pastry, is a sure hit. The cheese will leak as it is wont to do but it’s not a problem – it will look quite attractive, like a crisp lace.

mini sausage rolls

How to handle puff pastry?

Puff pastry is pretty resilient, unlike filo for instance which you have to keep covered and drown in oil while you work with it. Let the puff pastry sheet come to room temperature when you remove it from the fridge, otherwise it might crack.

But make sure the finished products are very well chilled before baking; at least half an hour or more, and going straight from the fridge to the oven. Otherwise the butter contained in the pastry in copious quantity will melt and escape the dough before the pastry is sealed by baking.

That’s why it is not only handy but advisable to prepare the pastries ahead, so they have time to chill.

mini ham rolls

More party food recipes

Celery sounds like the party food nobody ever eats, but not in this preparation: celery salad with furikake will definitely change your outlook on celery.

Asparagus wrapped in filo, that’s probably the best thing you can do with asparagus – and filo pastry.

Just like pizza, nachos are gorgeous even when cold and a little soggy. Make a batch of nachos with beef chilli for your next friends’ get-together.

party finger food

More puff pastry recipes

Puff pastry tartlets are another party classic. Here with three kinds of filling: prawn, spinach and bacon.

Posh nosh or pub grub? Burger wellington wrapped in puff pastry is a revelation and one of those easy-impressive recipes.

Tarte Tatin with tomatoes, upside-down tomato pie with the base of puff pastry. So easy. So gorgeous.

Mini sausage and ham party rolls

Servings: 60 mini rollsTime: 1 hour 30 minutes


  • 2 sheets of ready rolled puff pastry (600g/1½ pound)
  • 6 chipolata sausages
  • 200g (7 oz.) cooked ham
  • 1 egg, for glazing
  • English mustard
  • red onion marmalade
  • 60g (4 tbsp.) grated Cheddar and mozzarella


1. Line 2 large baking trays with parchment. Bring the puff pastry to room temperature.

2. Make lengthwise incisions in the chipolatas and take off the casing. Cut the ham slices into strips about 5cm/2 inch wide. Break the egg into a bowl and beat it lightly with a fork.

3. Roll out the first pastry sheet on the worktop or a large chopping board. Brush a line of mustard and arrange the sausages along the edge of the pastry, cutting to size as needed.

making mini sausage rolls

4. Roll the edge up to cover the sausage, brush the edge of the pastry with beaten egg and cut off the rest of the pastry sheet. Seal the seam, cut the roll into portions about 4cm long and arrange on the prepared baking tray. Continue with the remaining pastry and sausages. Chill in the fridge for at least 30 minutes.

5. Roll out the other sheet. Spoon the onion marmalade along the edge, arrange the ham in strips over it then scatter the cheese. Roll the pastry up tightly over the filling, brush with egg, trim and seal the seam. Cut into mini rolls and arrange on the tray. Chill in the fridge for at least 30 minutes.

making mini ham rolls

6. Preheat the oven to 220C fan if possible/425F/ gas 7. If baking one tray at a time, keep the other in the fridge until ready to bake.

7. Make small incisions across the top of each mini roll and brush with egg.

8. Bake for 15 minutes until golden and puffy.

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