Australians divided over iconic ‘devon roll’ snack many have ‘never heard of’

An image of a dish described as an “Australian delicacy” has caused division on social media: while some praise it, others find it repulsive.

The image of an “Australian Pig in a Blanket” or “Devon Roll”, which consists of mashed potato and onion stuffed into a piece of Devon (also known as stras) and held together with a toothpick, was shared on the popular Facebook group page “Meanwhile in Australia”.

The snack became popular in the last century, but many Australians report still eating it in 2024.

“Why aren’t these served at children’s birthday parties anymore? Who said there is no fine dining in Australia,” asked the person behind the picture.

Reactions from social media users were mixed, with some saying they remembered this uniquely Australian treat from their childhood, while others said they had never eaten it but didn’t feel like they had missed out.

“Honestly, I’ve never eaten this and I’m not really keen on it! It looks absolutely disgusting,” said one social media user.

Another added: “I had to add mayonnaise and onions to the mashed potatoes and the mashed potatoes were rough rather than fine.”

“I remember when my kids were little we had this for dinner one night and it was amazing lol,” said another.

One social media user commented: “I can honestly say, hand on heart, I’m Australian and I’ve never had one in my life.”

“Some people call them sausage rolls or mash and Devon rolls but I love them, a must have for parties,” commented one fan.

“I had them as a kid, my mom made them for parties, and then I made them for my kids’ parties, and now they make them for their kids.”

Another said: “I love them and still make them. Our parents called them ‘sausages in a dressing gown’.”

“It was a summer meal at our house. Devon and mashed potato rolls and salad….yum,” said another excited person.

One commented: “I’ve never heard of this before, but I don’t feel like I’ve missed anything at all.”

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