Meatrolls – Dragonriders of Pern

“Menolly had detoured to the Lower Caverns and shared with him the handful of meatrolls she’d cadged from the cooks.”

Dragonriders of Pern, by Anne McCaffrey


These are terrible. A curse, in that, so-easy-to-make addictive sort of way. 

I made a single batch, and they were gone in minutes. I couldn’t make out all the words around the mouthfuls, but from the wild gesticulations, and later exhortations to  please make them again, they seemed to be a great success with the test subjects.

You can use whatever variety of sausage you like. I happened to have some wild boar sausages handy, and they suited the recipe admirably. If you can get game sausage of any kind, it’s definitely worth a try, as they help defamiliarize the experience. In any case, the resulting combination of puff pastry (how could you go wrong?) and juicy sausage is a long tried and much loved pairing. The outer pastry shell stays flaky, while the inside soaks up some of the flavorful juices from the meat. 

This recipe also has the added appeal of making small enough meatrolls that they would be snitchable from the kitchens of castle, fortress, or cottage, as Menolly proved in the books. Double win!

Pernese Meatroll Recipe

Prep: 5 minutes          Baking: 20 minutes

Makes 12 rolls (it won’t be enough!)


  • 1 lb. package pork sausagemeat
  • 1 (17.25 ounce) package frozen puff pastry sheet, thawed
  • 1 beaten egg
  • poppy or sesame seeds (optional)

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F, and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Unfold the sheets of puff pastry, and cut lengthwise down the middle. Make five more cuts width-wise so you have 12 long pieces total. Divide the sausage meat evenly between the strips of dough, then seal the ends together with a swipe of egg.

Arrange the sausage rolls on the prepared baking sheet. Brush with egg, and sprinkle with seeds. Bake for around 20 minutes, or until they’re puffed up and a nice golden brown. Allow to cool slightly before serving.


12 thoughts on “Meatrolls – Dragonriders of Pern

    • They’re awesome! And crazy easy to make. The only downside is that they disappear so quickly, like that one amazing appetizer at a wedding reception that you can’t find more of… 🙂

  1. You know, I found myself thinking of you while I read Mercedes Lackey’s The Firebird. I wondered how you’d make the apples from the Katschei’s orchard, especially since you’ve made the ones from Snow White.

    Anyway, thoroughly enjoyed reading the reactions to your meatrolls! 😀 Made me wish I were there, LOL.

  2. I made these last night. On behalf of everyone who has had no experience with the puff pastry, a little more detail in the section on construction would have been useful. They were still pretty popular, and I have been given the green light to try again. I’m almost sure I know what to do differently. 😀

      • I actually used filo and there were just so many layers to the dough. And I couldn’t tell if the ones in the picture were rolled or folded, if they were baked open on the end, or cut open for the photo. The children were fascinated by the papery quality of the dough and are coming up with all kinds of ideas for making treats with it in the future.

      • Ah, yes. Filo dough is much trickier to work with than puff pastry. I’m hoping to do a baklava recipe at some point, which will include some details for working with filo. Glad the kids liked the dough, though, and I hope you’ll share what they come up with! 😀

  3. Quick question about the sausagemeat – would straight up sausages work (my local farmer’s market has emu sausages and venison summer sausages that I’m looking at for this), or is there something I should know when shopping for the meat for this?

    • Oh, those both sound wonderful! They will absolutely work brilliantly for this. I loved the boar that I used, but any other sausage, quirky or not, will work well. I’m jealous of your farmer’s market! 😀

      • i’m over in Madison, WI – the lady who breeds emus is apparently got on a TV show for it, and we always have a few venison dealers. 😀

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