My Mum’s sausage roast circa 1984

Serves 6-8




1kg minced pork shoulder

300g minced pork belly

15g table salt

1tbsp toasted fennel seeds, ground to a powder

2tsp dry oregano

3 cloves of grated garlic

1tsp cayenne pepper

2 dry bay leaves, ground to a powder

100g dry breadcrumbs

50g soft butter

Zest of 1 lemon

1tbsp whole toasted fennel seeds

1tsp dry chilli flakes

3tbsp chopped fresh parsley

100ml white wine

150ml pork stock

a little vegetable oil




Place the minced pork shoulder and pork belly into a large mixing bowl. Add the table salt, ground fennel seeds, dry oregano, garlic, cayenne pepper and the ground bay leaves. Get your hands in and start to work the mix together. You need to knead this like a bread dough and work it for a least 5 minutes. This helps to work and stretch the proteins and forms a tighter mix that will hold its shape better. After this time, add the breadcrumbs, fennel seeds, dry chilli flakes, white wine and the chopped fresh parsley. Mix together with your hands. This helps to work and stretch the proteins and forms a tighter mix that will hold its shape better.


Roll a sheet of large tin foil on to a surface and rub it with soft butter. Place the sausage meat onto the foil in the shape of a log. Try to make it tight together so there are no gaps. Once you have made a giant sausage, roll the tin foil over the top and secure the ends tightly, like a Christmas cracker. Place the roll into the fridge to firm up for at least 2 hours but preferably overnight.


Pre-heat the oven at 180°C and take the tin foil roll out of the fridge and place onto a flat baking tray. Roast in the oven for 40 minutes after this time, unravel the tin foil and place the sausage back into the oven and roast for a further 10-15 minutes until it goes a golden brown roasted colour.


Meanwhile reduce the pork stock to a glaze, and use it to glaze the sausage roast when it comes out of the oven.


It is now ready to serve with all of your normal vegetable roast garnish or some braised white beans or anything else that you fancy!