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Italian Sausage Rolls in Parmesan Pastry

These Italian Sausage Rolls in Parmesan Pastry are perfect as an appetizer course with marinara sauce. Or serve them as finger food at parties for any occasion, even New Year’s Eve.

Italian Sausage Rolls in Parmesan Pastry stacked on a white plate

Italian Sausage Rolls in Parmesan Pastry

Originally published  June 2014.

My sister was visiting from Alberta last week  with her two boys and was coming for dinner. I decided an appetizer was in order for the occasion and these Italian sausage rolls were just the ticket.

 I have been working on some new sausage recipes. It has become a bit of an obsession of mine lately, especially with the summer weather allowing me to use the backyard smoker.
Homemade Italian Sausage

A batch of my homemade Italian Sausage!

You know you’re a little obsessed when you find yourself online at 6AM on a Saturday morning, ordering natural salted hog casings! I bought them in preparation for making lots of smoked sausage for summer cookouts.

Italian Sausage Rolls in Parmesan Pastry

Italian Sausage Rolls in Parmesan Pastry (2014 photo)

Do you think that casings sufficient for 100 pounds of sausage will be enough? 🙂

…but I digress, back to dinner with my baby Sis. Since I was already working on my Italian sausage experiments, I decided to try an idea that I’ve had for a while to add Parmesan cheese to my favourite flaky pastry for sausage rolls.

Italian Sausage Rolls in Parmesan Pastry wide shot photo

Italian Sausage Rolls in Parmesan Pastry

Italian sausage rolls, a new favourite!

I just love sausage rolls and I always make a sour cream pastry to surround really good quality sausage. The sour cream really does add a particularly delicious depth of flavour to the buttery pastry that everyone who tries it absolutely loves.

I have to say that that these were the best sausage rolls that I have ever tried. They were just that delicious. I served a very simple marinara sauce with them, made with my favourite canned San Marzano  tomatoes, as a dip which proved to be the perfect compliment to the rich sausage rolls.

15 Minute Shortcut Puff Pastry

15 Minute Shortcut Puff Pastry is the base for this recipe.

A couple of these make a great plated appetizer course or just serve them as scrumptious finger food at your next party. The compliments are virtually guaranteed.

Stay tuned to Rock Recipes in a couple of weeks for my homemade Italian sausage recipe when those natural sausage casings arrive in the mail. They are impossible to find in this town. I’ve got a great Chipotle Thyme Smoked Sausage recipe coming up very soon too. Told ya I was a little obsessed.

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Italian Sausage Rolls in Parmesan Pastry
Yield: 24 sausage rolls

Italian Sausage Rolls in Parmesan Pastry

Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes

An ideal appetizer course or as perfect party food, these fantastic sausage rolls feature a buttery sour cream and Parmesan cheese pastry that's just irresistible.


  • 1 ½ pounds good quality Italian sausage links, casings removed

For the Sour Cream Pastry

  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup very cold butter cut in cubes
  • ½ cup sour cream

For the egg wash

  • 1 egg
  • 2 tbsp water


  1. Be sure the sausages are very well chilled, it will make them easier to handle and roll. I like to put them in the freezer for a half hour or so before removing the casings and rolling them in the pastry.

To make the pastry

  1. Stir together the flour and Parmesan cheese.
  2. Cut butter into the flour and Parmesan with a food processor or pastry blender until mixture resembles a coarse meal. Small pea size pieces of butter should still be visible in the mix.
  3. Stir in the sour cream to form a dough. Separate dough in 2 portions wrap in plastic wrap and let rest in the fridge for about 20 minutes to rest.

To prepare the sausage rolls

  1. Roll each portion of the rested dough into a long rectangle the same width as the sausage links and between 1/8 and 1/4 inch thick.
  2. Using scissors, carefully remove the casing from each sausage and place it on the dough.
  3. Roll the sausage in the pastry, cutting the pastry rectangle in a straight line when the sausage is completely surrounded with pastry and slightly overlaps. Egg wash the edges of the dough where they meet. Press well to seal. Egg wash the tops of the sausage rolls if desired. Cut into individual pieces and place on a baking sheet. Chill for 20 minutes in the fridge.
  4. Bake at 375 degrees F for about 20-25 minutes until evenly golden brown and the internal temperature reaches 175 degrees F on a meat thermometer.
  5. Serve with your favorite marinara sauce as a dip.


The nutritional information provided is automatically calculated by third party software and is meant as a guideline only. Exact accuracy is not guaranteed. For recipes where all ingredients may not be used entirely, such as those with coatings on meats, or with sauces or dressings for example, calorie & nutritional values per serving will likely be somewhat lower than indicated.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size

1 grams

Amount Per Serving Calories 231Total Fat 18gSaturated Fat 8gUnsaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 52mgSodium 302mgCarbohydrates 10gProtein 6g

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Tuesday 29th of December 2020

Hi there. I just want to tell you that I love your recipes and you website. I live in Prospect Bay, Nova Scotia and we have many friends from “The Rock”. I see familiar recipes on your site. Just a quick question. I am curious if you have a gas or electric range and whether you use a convection oven or conventional?

Thanks. Sharon

Barry C. Parsons

Tuesday 4th of January 2022

I've used them all. I currently have a gas stovetop and electric convection oven.


Thursday 1st of October 2020

I tried these following the recipe to the latter and it came out so lovely and tasty. Thanks

Lucy Hall

Sunday 4th of February 2018

I would like to you precook the sausage meat.....otherwise, where does all the grease go? Thanks

Barry C. Parsons

Tuesday 13th of March 2018

Nope it cooks during the time in the oven.

Jean Vallis

Thursday 31st of December 2015

Can I use store purchased - pre cooked sausage that is frozen and thaw.. If yes, would this affect the cooking time or does the pastry. Some of the raw italian sausages also have more grease/liquid in them than others - would that cause soggy pastry?

Barry C. Parsons

Sunday 14th of February 2016

I'd try it.


Friday 7th of November 2014


Barry C. Parsons

Tuesday 18th of November 2014

That's never happened to me. Make sure they are rolled tightly. The pan you used may not be carrying the heat well enough. Did you use a convection oven. Mine are Absolutely never soggy on the bottom. Quite the opposite actually, I always watch them so that the bottoms don't brown too much.

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