Sold in snack bars or in the charcuterie section of the supermarket, ready to take home and heat up in the oven, a friand is a rectangular or cylindrical puff pastry filled with sausage meat (chair à saucisse), pâté, seasoned ground meat (viande hachée), ham and cheese, or cheese and mushroom etc.
In French, friand also means ‘very fond’ and many peoplare are friand de friands. At home or in restaurants, they can be an entrée; mini ones often appear as amuse-bouches.
A French sausage roll, however, is a saucisson brioché.
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