Wartime Sausage Roll

From the picture, and the ingredient list, you can tell that this is not a traditional sausage roll as we know them today. However, this recipe is much healthier than the puff pastry sausage rolls in the supermarkets, as absolutely no butter is used! The only rationed items that you require are milk (which is optional!) and obviously some of your meat ration. This recipe is also a great way to use up any stale bread, as it requires breadcrumbs. The sausage roll would normally be served with gravy (from Bisto granules), potatoes and carrots.


225g sausagemeat

2 tbsp onion, finely chopped

1 tbsp chopped pickle

85g breadcrumbs

Pinch of mixed herbs

Pinch of pepper

1 ½ tsp salt

2 tbsp vegetable stock or milk



  1. Mix all the ingredients together thoroughly
  2. Pour the mixture into a greased tin
  3. Cover with a lid, and steam for 1 ½ to 2 hours

You can find the original recipe here alongside other traditional wartime recipes