These Incredible Sausage Kolaches are packed with flavor, simple to make, and can be enjoyed anytime! A fluffy pastry shell with a tender sausage link inside, what’s not to love?
If you live in Texas, chances are you’ve heard of kolaches. I grew up in Chicago, so up until I moved to Dallas years ago, I had never heard of them. As far as I was concerned, sausage in a roll was known as “pigs in a blanket”. Furthermore, it wasn’t something typically served for breakfast.
Fast forward to the first time I lived in Dallas (I am now in Houston). My dad went up one morning to get the family donuts and came home with kolaches. My mom and him ate them over enjoying donuts. Crazy, right?! I kept to the donuts, never even trying the kolaches.
Several years later, my hubby jumped on board the “kolache fan” train and now, every time he grabs donuts for the kids….he always comes home with at least one kolache. He’s even branched into getting the jalapeno cheddar ones! Brave, right?!
Well, a few weekends ago, he decided to make some at home. He even used candied jalapenos in a few of them. He made the dough, placed the sausage link inside, added thick cut cheddar, etc.
Not only did they come together pretty quickly, but they were fabulous. I like kolaches, but don’t typically love them. I think its the sausage that I’m not a fan of, but these were quite delicious.
The dough is fluffy and flavorful, the cheese perfectly compliments the sausage, and when all is combined…its quite tasty! The jalapeno kind has a great kick, which really changes things up!
If you’ve never heard of a kolache, definitely give these Incredible Sausage Kolaches a try!
Incredible Sausage Kolaches
- 1 packet highly active yeast
- 2 tsp sugar
- 1 1/4 cup milk
- 1/2 cup butter
- 1 tsp salt
- 2 eggs
- 4 cups flour (all purpose)
- 1 package lil smokies sausages
- cheddar cheese slices, halved
- jalapenos, optional
- 1 egg beaten with tad bit of water (for egg wash)
- Combine the yeast and sugar in a mixing bowl.
- In a small pot, melt the butter with milk. Remove from heat and allow to cool 3-5 minutes.
- Whisk in the eggs to the butter mixture.
- Add this to the yeast/sugar in mixing bowl.
- Carefully add in the flour and salt.
- Use a dough hook on the mixer and mix until a dough ball forms.
- Place dough into a greased, large bowl and cover with a towel. Allow to rise for about an hour. *At this point, you can place in refrigerator overnight to make for breakfast the next morning OR continue on with the directions.
- *If you have refrigerated dough, allow to sit out on counter for 30 minutes before moving to next steps.
- Place the dough on a well floured surface and roll to about 1/8" thickness.
- Cut dough into 14 even pieces.
- Place some jalapenos onto each dough square if using.
- Place cheese halves onto each dough square.
- Line 2 lil smokie sausages onto each dough square to fill entire center.
- Fold the sides of the dough over the filling and place seam side DOWN onto a cookie sheet.
- Place additional jalapenos on top of the jalapeno filled kolaches to differentiate between spicy and not.
- Loosely cover cookie sheet with a towel and allow to rise an additional 30 minutes.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- In a small bowl, create the egg wash by whisking an egg with a splash of water.
- Lightly brush this mixture on top of the filled dough aka kolaches.
- Place cookie sheet in preheated oven and bake for about 25 minutes.
- Remove and enjoy! *Careful, the insides are quite hot, so don't burn your mouth with the cheese or filling!