8 TOP SAUSAGE ROLLS
Cinnamon Cottage 126g €1.75 each
A selection of sizeable plain, black pudding and pork, and apple and sage rolls made for an interesting testing. All of them had the lightest pastry of all samples, and just the right amount too, wrapped around good quality sausage meat, flavours balanced and comforting. They were delicious. Very good value.
Baxter & Greene 170g €2.85 each
In the newly extended Dunnes Stores, Bishopstown Court, Cork, this outlet will warm your sausage roll on the spot. Compact sausagemeat is low on flavour, but naturally meaty, and not over-salted. The light pastry is topped with crunchy seeds. Decent sized, one could (and perhaps should) be shared.
Priory Coffee Co 100g €3.50
Plenty of sausage mixed with black pudding has a good ratio of pastry to meat. The pastry is tasty and topped with seeds. However, while crisp on the outside, the deliciously moist filling keeps the pastry a little soggy on the inside. Best heated a little longer than others,15 minutes at least. Expensive, but large enough for two. To eat in or take away from North Main Street outlet beside Gate cinema.
Tesco 9 mini pork sausage rolls 270g €2
Spicy meat is tasty, but the pastry feels fattier than other samples. Tasters liked them, though.
On the Pig’s Back 75g €1.20 each
Particularly good sausagemeat is mildly peppery and balances well with the pastry. While smaller than some of the others, one is quite enough for one person.
Hassetts Bakery 100g €1.75
Spicy minced pork and a plain sausage flavour provide two good options from this bakery. In a blanket of tasty pastry, the sausagemeat was dense, but the pork looser and spiced with pimento to provide a lively contrast to the pastry. See hassettsbakery.ie for outlets.
Marks & Spencer 12 mini pork sausage rolls 400g €3
Good balance of mildly spiced meat and pastry appealed to tasters who thought one, while mini, was quite satisfying. Available in many sized packs.
Eastman’s 8 sausage rolls 480g €1.40
A more old fashioned style here with a lot of heavier, fatty rather than buttery, pastry. Had to be warmed up to be appealing. Mildly spiced.