Pork & Fennel Sausage Rolls

Prep: 45 mins ||  Cook: 30 mins  ||  Makes: 8 large or 16 mini rolls


1 teaspoon fennel seeds, plus extra to sprinkle

1 teaspoon brown mustard seeds

1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds

1 onion, finely chopped

80g sliced pancetta, chopped

450g pork mince

1 1/2-2 cups (105g-140g) soft white fresh breadcrumbs (made from day-old bread)

1/3 cup roughly chopped flat-leaf parsley

Finely grated zest of 1 orange

2 eggs, lightly beaten

375g block frozen puff pastry, thawed (or puff pastry sheets)

Sesame and poppyseeds, to sprinkle

Tomato chutney or sauce, to serve


Preheat oven to 200°C and line a tray with baking paper. Toast spices in a dry frypan over medium heat for 1-2 minutes until fragrant. Pound the spices in a mortar and pestle until finely ground. Set aside. Return pan to medium heat. Cook onion and pancetta for 5 minutes or until onion softens, stirring. Add spices, then cool.

Add onion mixture to a large bowl with pork, crumbs, parsley, zest and half the egg. Season and mix well, then refrigerate until needed.

Roll out pastry on a floured surface to a 5mm-thick, 40cm x 28cm rectangle, then halve into 2 long rectangles. Shape pork into two 40cm sausages, about 4cm wide. Place 1 sausage on each pastry rectangle, then roll up to enclose. Turn rolls seamside down, brush with egg and sprinkle with fennel, sesame and poppyseed. Cut on an angle into 5cm pieces, then place on tray and bake for 20-25 minutes until golden and cooked. Serve with chutney.