Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Pork & Fennel Rolls

Recipe adapted from  Nasi Lemak Lover

2 kg minced pork
150g celery, finely chopped
180g carrot, finely chopped
240g brown onions, finely chopped
2 1/2 tbsp minced garlic
12 tbsp oil
5 tsp ground fennel
4 tsp dried thyme
80g fresh bread crumbs
3/4 tbsp sugar
1 1/2 tbsp salt
1/2 tbsp ground white pepper

10 sheets frozen "Pampas" puff pastry (semi-thawed)
extra fresh breadcrumbs
egg wash (mix 1 egg with 1 tbsp milk and a pinch of salt)
poppy seeds, for sprinkling

  • Heat olive oil in a saucepan, saute minced garlic and onion until aromatic.
  • Add in celery and carrot; continue to cook for a minute.  Set aside to cool.
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine everything in (A).  Blend and stir the meat mixture in one direction until mixture becomes gluey.
  • Cut the pastry sheets into halves.  Shape the meat mixture into logs and coat with extra breadcrumbs.  Then place along the long edge of the pastry.  Roll up the pastry to make into rolls.  Cut into 8.  Place rolls, seam-side down onto the baking tray.
  • Brush rolls with egg wash and sprinkle with poppy seeds. 
  • Bake in a preheated oven of 180 deg C for about 20 minutes or until golden and puffed up.


  1. Oh wow, and thank you for reminding this super delicious rolls! When I'm in Auckland I used to buy these at the frozen shelf but somehow I find the store bought ones are too salty. Of course, nothing beats home made ones. I got to make this one day again! Bet by now, these rolls have all gone.

  2. Hi Mel, I noticed you are always the first one to drop by and leaving nice comments. Thank you very much for your support. Haha, I made these for my nephew's birthday party in September but only get to post them now.

  3. I also noticed this before on Sonia's blog and had bookmarked it then. So cool to see it on yours too! And the results look fantastic- even more reason to finally get around to making it! Yum!

  4. Hi Veron!

    Okok... I'm not as fast and as frequent as Mel. But I'm second today ok!!! LOL!

    How big/small are the rolls?

    1. Hi Alvin thanks for dropping by. BTW the rolls are about 30 cm each.

  5. Veronica, I've also made these pork & fennel rolls for 3 times now. Speaking of that I still have 6 left in my freezer & both my children had a few this afternoon after picking up my son from school. Bourke St bakery is very famous here & the recipe is taken from their book.

    1. They are great frozen and very convenient for kids' after school snack. When I made these I used Sonia's recipe. After that I borrowed the book and guess what my dog bit a chunk out of the book and I ended up having to buy the book from the library. So I am now the 'proud' owner of the tattered copy of Bourke St Bakery, haha.

  6. This is a great idea! for tea time

  7. Yum...these Pork & Fennel Rolls look delicious and definitely will make the perfect snacks. :) Thank you so much for sharing.

  8. I have never tried this but they sure look good. Love savoury rolls, they make perfect finger food!

  9. Hi Veronica,
    Your rolls look so good! They are perfectly made.
    The first time I had these rolls was in Ireland, in a tea party. It's my favourite, I must bookmark this. This would be a great finger food in parties.
    Thanks for sharing!

  10. How much do I love sausage rolls? They look fantastic and pork and fennel is one of my favourite flavours :D

  11. Great to know that you also bought the book, still have few recipes to try out. Thanks for the link.


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