America has been introduced to the humble sausage roll - and it has caused a stir
Americans are sampling sausage rolls for the very first time after The New York Times ran a feature on the pastry-based delicacy and provided readers with a no-fuss recipe.
David Tanis, who writes the newspaper's weekly City Kitchen column, described a sausage roll as "a pleasantly spiced homemade sausage that's easy to make with a pound or two of ground pork shoulder."
The article also stated that the tasty snack is particularly loved by the British and the Australians.
Baffled readers soon started to react to the news of the gastronomic treat.
One Twitter user, @higureanghel wrote "Whats a sausage roll. Is it a rolled sausage?"
Another Twitter user @jennytablina confirmed that they are an unknown entity in the USA "My fiancée is American, pasties and sausage rolls don't really exist out there at all."
Traditionally, a sausage roll consists of a sheet or sheets of puff pastry formed into tubes around sausage meat and glazed with egg or milk.
In the UK, the bakery chain Greggs sells 2.5 million sausage rolls per week, or around 140 million per year.
The New York Times' recipe for sausage rolls is a little different to the traditional version, but this is certainly a step in the right direction.
This revelation may lead the U.S. to discover meat pies and pasties, which is sure to lead to more online hysteria.