Pork, Apple & Fennel Sausage Roll Recipe & Bilpin Apple Picking

22 Apr
April 22, 2014

With a very generous supply of apples at Belly Rumbles HQ at the moment, I seem to be adding them to all sorts of dishes. The apples are the result of an apple picking trip to Bilpin a little while back.

Pork Apple & Fennel Sausage Rolls

Our first port of call on our Bilpin adventure was Saliba Fruits. The Saliba family is one of only a few commercial apple growers left in the Bilpin area. They have been growing, packing and distributing apples for 41 years. A family business started by Joe Saliba’s father.

Saliba Fruits Saliba Fruits Saliba FruitsLife at Saliba Fruits is very hands on; Joe prunes all his beloved trees himself by hand. The apples are also picked by hand before heading to the shed for further processing. Apples are then given a wash before they are sorted and packed ready for distribution. All apples are packed on the same day as picking to ensure the finest quality of product. Saliba Fruits do not offer pick your own apples, but you are more than welcome to drop in and purchase a box of freshly picked apples.

Joe & Lilly Saliba Saliba Fruits Saliba FruitsIf you are after a ‘pick your own’ experience then Bilpin Springs Orchard is the place for you.

Originally a commercial orchard sending their produce to market, but 19 years ago, in order to survive, they transitioned to a ‘pick your own’ establishment, open to the public. They love educating their customers and the orchard is very popular with school groups. The orchard uses minimal chemicals and prefers to rely on natural methods in growing their produce.

Sara McCleary Belly RumblesBilpin Springs is a true orchard experience giving you a sense of seasonal produce. If it’s not in season, then you won’t be able to pick it, quite simple really. There were many families there when we visited, and it really did bring a smile to my face seeing so many children getting a true understanding of where their food comes from.

Bilpin Springs Orchard Bilpin Springs OrchardBilpin Springs OrchardOn arrival you will be given instructions on where you are able to pick that day. Grab a basket or two, head off and explore. We were here for the apples, but also available for picking are many seasonal fruits, like peaches, plums, lemons, oranges and even berries.

Bilpin Springs Orchard Bilpin Springs Orchard

Once you have finished picking, head back to the shed to have your fruit weighed and then pay per kilogram. Fruit does not get any fresher than this and there really is something very satisfying about picking your own.

Apples shine brightly as the star in a recipe, but they shine in a supporting role too. My pan-fried chicken waldorf sandwiches wouldn’t be the same without the use of apple. And when the craving for sausage rolls came upon me, using apple was an obvious step. Apple and pork go so well together.

Pork Sausage Rolls

The apple in these sausage rolls, lighten and round out the pork and fennel flavours. There is a very subtle sweetness added by using apple, but only ever so slight.  A very simple recipe when using store bought puff pastry. Of course feel free to make if from scratch if you wish.

Do you enjoy using apples in savoury dishes?

Sara xxx

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Pork, Apple & Fennel Sausage Rolls
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The apple in these sausage rolls, lighten and round out the pork and fennel flavours. There is a very subtle sweetness added by using apple, but only ever so slight. A very simple recipe when using store bought puff pastry.
Serves: 12 pcs
  • 1 large sheet
  • 500 g lean pork mince
  • 1 white onion, finely diced
  • 1 apple, finely grated
  • 1 tablespoon fennel seeds
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground white pepper
  • 1 egg, beaten
  1. Preheat oven 200 deg C (390 deg F). Line a baking tray with baking paper.
  2. In a medium bowl place pork mince, onion, apple, fennel seeds, salt and pepper. Using clean hands, mix well until completely incorporated.
  3. Cut your puff pastry in half to create two same sized pieces, square or rectangle, depending on the shape of the original piece.
  4. Divide mince mixture into two equal quantities.
  5. Working with one piece of puff pastry at a time, place mince mixture down one side of the pastry, making a large sausage shape. Roll the mince up in the pastry, sealing the edges with beaten egg.
  6. Cut the roll into six smaller rolls. Repeat this step with the remaining pastry and mince.
  7. Place rolls on baking tray and bake in the oven for 20 minutes, then turn your oven down to 180 deg C (360 deg F) for a further 20 minutes or until golden and cooked through.
  8. Serve immediately with your favourite sauce.

Belly Rumbles visited Bilpin as a guest of Aussie Apples with much thanks.

Saliba Fruits
2327 Bells Line of Road, Bilpin NSW 2758

Bilpin Springs Orchard
2550 Bells Line of Road, Bilpin NSW 2758

Saliba Fruits


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7 replies
  1. john | heneedsfood says:

    I do love a good sausage roll so something tells me I’d like these little fella’s!
    john | heneedsfood recently posted..Kangaroo Prosciutto

  2. nags says:

    it’s so interesting to see your pics and so your perspective from that trip. i have never used apples in a savory recipe, very interesting!
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  3. Peter G | Souvlaki For The Soul says:

    The apple picking looked like fun! And I love this recipe Sara! Yummo!
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  4. Helen (Grab Your Fork) says:

    Love picking your own fruit! And those sausage rolls look delish!
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  5. Trent @ Food Assault says:

    What a fun adventure and the sausage rolls look amazingly juicy inside too. I’m gong to give these a try for sure. Thx Sara!
    Trent @ Food Assault recently posted..The Butcher’s Block, Wahroonga

  6. Maureen | Orgasmic Chef says:

    “…His beloved trees..” says it all, doesn’t it? People who love what they do are so much fun to be around. Just like you!

    I can’t think of a better sausage than one with apple in it. Definitely trying this when I get home.
    Maureen | Orgasmic Chef recently posted..Tasting Australia – Words to Go Forum, Adelaide

  7. Amanda@ChewTown says:

    Such a fun day all round! Love your use of apple in the sausage rolls. Scotty’s been asking me to make him sausage rolls for ages… the moment he sees this post he’ll be bugging me again. Maybe I should just get you to make some and bring them round ;)
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