“ Brand: Jus-Rol / Type: Snacks „
Obviously with Christmas having not long departed we have some little party food bits left over in the freezer so once a week we have been having little party food teas and I must see that I have been enjoying them immensely as I get to have a little bit of everything and enjoy all my favourite things without ending up stuffed and I usually have a nice party food lunch as well the following day to take to work with me.
One of the items that we had left over was a bag of Jusrol Frozen Party Sausage Rolls which I purchased at half their usual price of £2.00 from my local Sainsburys. These sausage rolls are found in the freezer section and keep for quite a few months providing their are kept frozen.
The sausage rolls can be cooked direct from frozen so I simply brushed all mine with some egg yolk and I managed to cram all 50 of the sausage rolls on to a large baking tray and fit them all in to just one shelf of the oven. They cooked for around 30 minutes as I had lots of other bits cooking as well and they took on a lovely brown colour on the top where they had been brushed with the egg although I did notice that a fair amount of fat was released from these and if I cook them again I will be sure to space them out more over two baking trays or cook them in batches as they did not seem to agree with being all shoved together on one tray and although I had thoroughly brushed them and the tray I still found that a fair few had got stuck to the bottom of the baking tray and when I removed them there was basically the bottom of 50 sausage rolls stuck to my baking tray. This was definitely a downside for me as it meant lots more washing up and elbow grease was required to get my baking tray nice and clean again!
The sausage rolls were a lovely brown crisp colour and besides having the majority of their bottom layers missing they had a lovely crisp bite to the top and a slightly moist bite to the bottom. The layers of pastry were lovely and very crumbly and flaky and delicious while the sausagemeat brought a welcome addition of delicious moist meat to the flaky, sometimes dry pastry. The quality of the sausagemeat was fairly good and it was nice and well cooked without being overdone or having any pink bits remaining. Overall the sausage roll was very nice and my only little complaint really was about them being a tad greasy because of the amount of fat that they released and being a little soggy and damp on the bottom. I did blot them all with kitchen towel and leave them to rest on some for a few minutes to get rid of the excess grease but I could still definitely feel it on the sausage roll.
Ingredients: Water, Wheat Flour, Vegetable Oil and Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Pork (8%), Rusk, Pork Fat, Soya Flour, Salt, Pork Rind, Wheat Starch, Sage, Emulsifier: Mono- and Diglycerides of Fatty Acids, Stabiliser: Diphosphates, Sugar, Antioxidant: Ascorbic Acid, Sage Extract, Whole Egg Powder, Egg White Powder, Spice Extracts, Yeast Extract, Modified Corn Starch.
I was very surprised to see that there was just 8% pork in these sausage rolls as it certainly felt like the meat was good quality and there was more of it but that just goes to show really!
100g of uncooked sausage rolls contains 307 calories, 6.9g protein, 17.2g carbohydrate (of which 0.5g sugars), 23.4g fat (of which 10.6g saturates), 0.9g fibre & 0.5g sodium. While these are unhealthy I think most people would be aware of that before seeing the nutritional information and while I quite enjoy sausage rolls I always try and have some will power with them because it's not nice going mad on the food as then I just feel guilty for days afterwards.
I did quite enjoy the quality of these sausage rolls and if I was having a party food tea again then I would not hesitate in buying them but I would ensure that I brushed them well (again!), turned them a couple of times during cooking and kept them a little more seperated on the baking tray. Also, I would ensure that I drained away some of the excess fat throughout the cooking process as this is what I think made them all stick to the bottom and gave the whole thing a bit of a soggy bottom!