Homemade Vegetarian Sausage Rolls

Sometimes there is just nothing cuter than a guy in love. I’m such a sap that when I hear or see people being kind and generous to their special someones, but what gets my heart a-melting is when he or she is proud of their partner. I feel sorry for anyone Veggie Dad has cornered on a club-going Friday night, tipsily detailing everything I’ve ever done as if it is the second coming of cheesus.

A staunch veg friend of mine emailed me recently with a recipe he wanted to pass on from his girlfriend. “All props to her, I’m just the middleman”, he says. My heart melts. How sweet that he took the time to send me something I might like because his girlfriend made it and he was so enthused by what she’d done he had to share.

I posted a picture on both Instagram and Twitter when I made these vegetarian sausage rolls, and was immediately awash with people wanting to know how to make it. I knew it would be a hit! I love a good sausage roll, but they can be very dodgy, and veg ones are no exception. This one, true to most recipes like this, looks and sounds like a drunk three-year-old randomly dumped the ingredients into a blender. However, it works. I don’t know how, but soldier on – the end results justify the means!

Here is Tara’s recipe – and if you make it, let me know how you go and I will pass it on! Thanks Tara <3


3 eggs
1 cup cottage cheese
½ cup crushed walnuts
2 ½ tabs. Soy sauce
1 medium onion
1 ½ cups breadcrumbs
1 ½ cups rolled oats
1tsp dry vegie stock
2 tbs. Grated Parmesan-style cheese
3 sheets frozen puff pastry

1. Blend walnuts, eggs, cottage cheese, onion and soy sauce together.
2. Mix rolled oats, breadcrumbs, seasoning and Parmesan cheese together. Add blended mix.
3. Cut pastry sheets in half and spoon a layer of mixture down the middle of each sheet.
4. Roll up the sheets and seal with milk.
5. Cut each roll into four and brush with milk or melted butter.
6. Place on a greased tray (I just used baking paper) and bake at 180 degrees Celsius fan forced for about 30 minutes.


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  • flyingdrunkenmonkey

    Oh they look good! I think I'll have to give them a go :) I've never actually had veg “sausage” rolls.

  • Eva

    Cute! These are pretty gluten-y, but I've had my eye on some brown rice pastry on the Foodo website, so this might be a good excuse to buy some and see if I can make them work!

  • http://www.herestheveg.blogspot.com Cindy

    Yum!! These look eerily similar to a recipe handed to us from a friend-of-a-friend back when we lived in Brisbane. I think our non-sausage rolls might be cousins. :-D

    • sassy

      you could try replacing the nuts with chick peas

  • http://cakecrumbsbeachsand.blogspot.com/ Peggy

    YES!! I have been waiting for this recipe since salivating over your photo on instagram. Thank you, I will be enjoying these next weekend. xo

  • Amandabrooke

    Great…thanks for sharing a meat free 'sausage roll'…I'll be making these for sure!

  • http://paddingtonpantry.wordpress.com/ Jen

    Brilliant! I'm going to have to try these out on my vegetarian, I'm sure he'll love them!

  • http://www.moolollybar.com.au Spencer

    Thanks for the recipe. My sister would love it!

  • veggiemama

    YOu don't know what you're missing!

  • veggiemama

    FOODO! FOODO! Go for it :)

  • veggiemama

    I think it's quite the popular recipe! I”ve seen it round the traps :)

  • http://theblogstylist.com Bree @ The Blog Stylist

    That looks FREAKING delicious! Bookmarking NOW!

  • veggiemama

    Let me know how you go if you make them!

  • Kylie

    Wow! These are amazing. Just made them today with my daughter. We had no walnuts, so substituted almonds, and no oats (my husband had fed the last to our chickens as we had run out of food!) so used a 5 grain porridge mix that I whizzed up. These are amazing! A must for anyone to try!

  • veggiemama

    So clever! I'm pleased you liked them :)

  • Jess

    Since getting food poisoning from mince, meat is pretty much off the cards & mince is ALWAYS off the cards so finding alternatives to things I used to love makes me so happy!! These were AMAZING! And so easy. 
    I'm taking them to a work morning tea & I'm sure they'll go down a treat. Yet another successful recipe from this blog. Thank you :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Anthony-Neilsen/100001392315400 Anthony Neilsen

    Just add 500g of mince and they'll be good to go!

  • http://www.theveggiemama.com Veggie Mama

    Yep, haven't heard that one before!

  • http://www.theveggiemama.com Veggie Mama

    Oh my gosh, how bad is food poisoning! I got it from chocolate… worst ever. I think these are great, so happy you liked them too x

  • Rebecca322

    I like you was sceptical ,but I have just made a batch of sausage rolls but instead of cottage cheese I used a veggie friendly fetta. Well let me tell you ,they taste fantastic. Highly recommended.

  • http://www.theveggiemama.com Veggie Mama

    Oh man, that is such a good idea!

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  • SLX

    Awesome! Kids loved them and they were so like how I remembered sausage rolls to be like (been veggie for 10 years now). I didn’t quite have enough cottage cheese so added a little feta also. Am thinking I might add a little pepper and fresh herbs next time to see how it goes. Thanks for a great recipe.

    • http://www.theveggiemama.com Veggie Mama

      Yes I am going to do the same… I seem to remember I liked a peppery-sort of filling when I wasn’t veg, and thought about doing that last time! Fresh rosemary would be fantastic in these. And feta! Genius. I make them for kids birthday parties and everyone loves them – they’re a great way for other people to try veg food and not be scared!

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  • M

    These were deliciously moorish! Definitely a keeper!

  • Cat

    I’d love to make these tonight – do you use fresh or dried breadcrumbs?

    • http://www.theveggiemama.com Veggie Mama

      Dried! Good luck :-D

  • Kiro

    I’m coeliac and dairy free – any suggestions for how I could adapt this recipe?

    • http://www.theveggiemama.com Veggie Mama

      Hm, that is a good question. Try soft tofu instead of the cottage cheese? You might need to add more breadcrumbs if it is a bit watery. And any vegan cheese for the parmesan :)

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  • Kat

    Thank you so much for this recipe!! Everyone goes crazy for them and are always surprised when I tell them they were made without meat! I’ve tried a few different veg roll recipes and this is by far the best one I’ve come across.

    • http://www.theveggiemama.com Veggie Mama

      Oh thank you, I love it too! Everyone comes to my parties because they know I’ll be serving these :)

  • Nicole

    WOW!!! As a vegetarian I was actually disturbed by how much these looked and tasted like the sausage rolls from my memory! Fantastic recipe…I’m sure the meat eating hoards at my sons upcoming birthday will have NO IDEA these are not meat! Mwwaaahahaha

    • http://www.theveggiemama.com Veggie Mama

      Haha how good are they?! and without those weird gristly bits :)

  • Erin

    Is there anything you can substitute for the nuts?

    • http://www.theveggiemama.com Veggie Mama

      That’s a very good question, I genuinely don’t know! I’ve racked my brain, but am at a bit of a loss…

      • JAS

        am just wondering if tinned/drained chick peas would do the job for those who have allergies…just a thought…

  • Sally

    would these be ok to make the day before, store in the fridge and bake the next day?

    • http://www.theveggiemama.com Veggie Mama

      Yep, absolutely! Good to freeze uncooked too ;)

      • Sally

        thank you! looking forward to making these for my daughters birthday, Ill let you know how we go!

  • Bec86

    As someone who recently gave up meat I can say I quite enjoyed these. I might mix in some grated vege and BBQ sauce next time but I would definitely make them again. Thanks for sharing the recipe, I’m really enjoying exploring vegetarian options and this one is a win :)

  • Emily

    These really do taste great! i made them a few months ago and they were enjoyed by meat eating friends and my children, as well as my vegetarian husband. Just about to make them again for my 12 year old daughter who has recently made the decision to go vegetarian also! Thank you!!

    • http://www.theveggiemama.com Veggie Mama

      I’m so pleased! We love them here, too :)

  • mrsdesperate

    These look great. What could I substitute for nuts as my son is allergic?

    • http://www.theveggiemama.com Veggie Mama

      I’ve been racking my brains, but I’m really not sure – I’m so sorry! They’re such an integral part of the recipe and are very difficult to substitute with normally, so I haven’t come up with any ideas :(

      • mrsdesperate

        I’m wondering about mashed potato and pumpkin maybe? Although possibly a bit soft.

        • http://www.theveggiemama.com Veggie Mama

          They’d be delicious, but yes, very soft. It would squish as soon as you bit into it! The nuts are what give the mixture texture and its firmness. I have made these before though, and they don’t contain any nuts: http://www.deliaonline.com/recipes/type-of-dish/pastry/vegetarian-sausage-rolls.html they don’t really taste like regular sausage rolls (and they go a bit flat), but they’re certainly delicious!

        • Donna McGilligan

          What about mushroom and firm tofu or even some cooked brown rice for texture

  • Jessie

    Looks like a lovely recipe, might I just add that parmesan is not vegetarian, you can get parmesan alternatives which are named ‘Italian Hard Cheese’ as for the cheese to be legally named ‘Parmesan’ it has to be made in a certain way, with calf rennet in it!

    • http://www.theveggiemama.com Veggie Mama

      Yes, thank you, I do know that! I wrote this post three years ago, but will amend the wording. After I found out about the law, I started writing Parmesan-style cheese, but this was before that. We are in Australia, so the Parmesan alternatives of which you speak aren’t available to us. We do get some similar cheeses made with non-animal rennet, so I leave it up to the reader’s discretion to use the options they have access to, depending on where they live. I hope that makes sense! :-)

  • TryingtobetheperfectMum

    This recipe is beautiful, just made 72 of them (once chopped) for my daughters birthday party. So simple and easy to whip up. Thanks for the recipe!

    • http://www.theveggiemama.com Veggie Mama

      You’re very welcome! Snaps to you for making 72!!!

  • Elizabeth@thebackyardlemontree

    These look like just the thing to make for my nephews first birthday party. They look completely like real sausage rolls.

    • http://www.theveggiemama.com Veggie Mama

      They do! It’s crazy. They’re delicious, also. Don’t forget oodles of tomato sauce!

      • Elizabeth@thebackyardlemontree

        Naturally, never ever forget the tomato sauce.

  • Jeff

    Just made these for my daughter, I got a10 out of 10 for them and she’s a fussy one. Tried them myself and you can’t tell them apart from the meat sausage rolls apart from the fact they’re better then the meat ones you can buy. Easy to make and very delicious, highly Recomend these. Thanks

    • http://www.theveggiemama.com Veggie Mama

      Thanks for the great feedback! So pleased you liked them. I think they’re much better than meat ones, but I’m biased, haha. You really can’t tell, can you!

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  • Kirsten

    Not sure if anyone has suggested this but I have just made a double batch (with the help of a friend) and we used pepitas as a substitute for the walnuts. I’ve just devoured four of them… Totes yum.

    • http://www.theveggiemama.com Veggie Mama

      SUCH a good idea!

  • Georgie Sesto

    I didn’t add walnuts, but I added 1 grated carrot and 1 grated zucchini. They were really really delicious. Especially right out of the oven with some tomatoe sauce. I heated the left overs the next day in the panini press and they were almost just as good. The panini press made the pastry nice and flaky :)

    • http://www.theveggiemama.com Veggie Mama

      Panini press! that is GENIUS!

  • Nean

    Do you use fresh breadcrumbs or dried for this recipe, please. They look delicious. Thanks for sharing.

    • http://www.theveggiemama.com Veggie Mama

      I have used both quite well! So use whatever you have.

  • http://www.thymeandme.com Jade @thyme and me

    I made these yesterday, they were delicious! My husband who is the only meat eater in our family, didn’t even realise that they were vego. Corker recipe Stacey!

    • http://www.theveggiemama.com/ Veggie Mama

      They’re so sneaky, huh! So good :)

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  • Bracken Bear 59

    Made these yesterday for my vegetarian sister who is joining us for xmas. I tried them out on my meat eater of a husband, to see his reaction! Guess what he told me to make these from now on. Said they were SOO much better than the meat ones. You cannot tell the difference and the taste is just AMAZING! Will be a regular for us from now on.
    Great work Veggie Mama.
    Happy Xmas to all

    • http://www.theveggiemama.com/ Veggie Mama

      hahaha I love that reaction! I’ve seen people’s faces when they bite into them. So bloody good! Excellent for hiding veg, too. So glad you love them – and I hope you had a great christmas.

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  • Simone

    Before I became vegetarian I used to be totally addicted to sausage rolls. This recipe makes me so nostalgic, as they taste just like the ones I remember. My kids love them! Sometimes I add carrots and/or zucchini (like others have mentioned) and it doesn’t alter the taste but adds extra goodness. Thanks so much for this recipe!

    • http://www.theveggiemama.com/ Veggie Mama

      So welcome! Glad you enjoy. Love a pastry, haha

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  • http://www.notanotherbabyshop.com.au Holly Sheldon

    These are awesome – thanks so much can’t wait to make a bigger batch for our next party,

    • http://www.theveggiemama.com/ Veggie Mama

      You’re so welcome! I wish my food processor wasn’t broken so I could make them again :-( they’re so good!

  • http://www.goodfoodweek.blogspot.com/ Shari from GoodFoodWeek

    Who doesn’t love a good sausage roll recipe! I’ll have to keep this recipe in mind for when veggo friends pop by for lunch.

  • Regina B

    I just made this one tonight and I’m very surprised that the texture is very close to the original sausage roll. I might put some extra ingredients to boost the flavour. Thanks for sharing the recipe :)

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  • Sarah

    These look amazing & I can’t wait to make them but what does 2 ½ tabs. Soy sauce equate to in volume?? Thanks!

    • http://www.theveggiemama.com/ Veggie Mama

      Oh my goodness, I have no idea! I am bad at math. All I know is 2 1/2 tablespoons equals 1.25 ounces.

      • Sarah

        Oh I misunderstood!!! I understand tablespoons – sorry & thanks for the reply!

        • http://www.theveggiemama.com/ Veggie Mama

          oh no problem! I wanted to leave the recipe just as she gave it to me but I guess that’s open to confusion then! so sorry :)

  • Kaila Ahern

    I just made these but I added 1 carrot. I made them in my TMX & then in the oven as per usual. They are amazing. I have never had vegetarian sausage rolls, couldn’t even stand the thought of them but I am so glad I tried them. Delicious. Thankyou!

    • http://www.theveggiemama.com/ Veggie Mama

      You’re so welcome! They’re great, aren’t they? Good on you for trying them! You won’t know how you lived without them before haha.