Jalapeno sausage Kolaches are pillowy puffs of soft dough filled with gooey cheese and jalapeno sausage. They are related the the fruit Kolache but are a heartier, more filling way to start the day. You might also hear them called Klobasnek or Klobasnicky. Others say that they aren’t proper Kolaches at all but should be called sausage rolls. Personally, my mouth is usually too full to argue about something this delicious.
For this recipe you’ll need: active dry yeast, sugar, ground ginger, milk, unsalted butter, egg, sugar, salt, all purpose flour, cooked jalapeno sausage links, grated cheddar cheese
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When Is a Kolache Not a Kolache
When I posted my fruit Kolache recipe I had no idea y’all would pounce on it and ask for more. I promised the jalapeno sausage Kolaches recipe and so here it is.
The dough is the same basic dough with a little less sugar in it than the fruit Kolaches. As it bakes the juices from the sausage kind of seep into the dough giving it even more flavor. And, anyone with a real Texas-Czech background with tell you that these aren’t Kolache at all but Klobasnicky.
Whatever. They’re delicious.
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If you’re looking for something a bit sweeter? Try these White Chocolate Hot Cross Buns!
Easy Breakfast on the Go
This, y’all, is a classic Texas breakfast to go. You can find jalapeno sausage Kolache in nearly every convenience store along I-35. That’s not to say that you’ll want to EAT them from the convenience store… just that they’re there. Personally, if you’re making that drive, I suggest that you stop in West. There’s a large Czech community there and that’s where I stop when I am headed down to Austin or where ever. You’ll definitely want to eat the sausage Kolache from there!
I can’t remember when I had my first Kolache, I just know that since then I’ve loved them The dough is so pillowy soft that it’s addictive. Although I normally choose the sweeter fillings there is definitely a time and a place for this savory bun!
Dallas to Austin Means a Stop in West
A few years ago my husband, daughter, son in law, and I were traveling down to Austin for the day. It was a combined business and pleasure trip so we left super early in the morning. When we got to West my husband pulled in to one of the bakeries to get breakfast. Neither my daughter nor my son in law had ever see the multitude of Kolaches that were in that place! There must have been 50 different kinds. It took us all quite a while to decide.
Tips for Making Jalapeno Sausage Kolaches
The dough is very sticky and you’ll be tempted to put too much flour in. Don’t do it! Your kolache will be too dense and heavy.
Also, you’ll see other recipes that call for a 350F to 375F oven. The higher temperature and shorter cooking time in my recipe keeps them soft. Trust me.
Generally some kind of sausage is the meat inside a Klobasnek, which is what a “meat” Kolache is usually called.
Most Texans with a Czech heritage hold a distinction between a Kolache (fruit) and a Klobasnek (meat), which is a Kolache variation. A true Kolache by these standards is only filled with fruit or cheese fillings while a Klobasnek/ Klobasniky is a similar pastry filled with meat.
The Kolache originated in Eastern Europe sometime in the 1700s. The original product was a pastry filled with fruit. It came to the United States with Czech immigrants – the meat filled Klobasniky were first made by Czechs that settled in Texas.
Yes, you can freeze them either baked or unbaked. If you freeze them unbaked let them thaw overnight in the refrigerator before baking.
More Homemade Breakfast Rolls
- Fruit Kolache – Ok, this really is a Kolache! Soft, sweet puffs of yum filled to overflowing with sweet, ripe fruit.
- Cream Cheese Kolache – These are my very favorite. Creamy, tangy, sweet cheese filling. Sometimes I put a spoonful of cherry filling on top of the cheese before baking.
- Cinnamon Rolls – Big as Texas and bursting with sweet spicy cinnamon flavor and covered with gooey icing. If these were illegal I’d spend the rest of my life in jail.
- Cream Cheese Crowns – Kind of like a cinnamon roll, kind of like a danish… Kind of like heaven on a plate.
Sausage & Cream Cheese Crescents from Plain Chicken are looking like next Saturday’s breakfast to me.
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I buy a large amount of yeast at a time. A one pound bag is almost the same price as the small jar in the store! Parchment paper keeps the bottoms from burning, keeps the homemade Kolaches from sticking, and helps give the crust the texture that is a sign of a good Kolache.
Jalapeno Sausage Kolaches Recipe
Call these puffy pillows of delicious addiction Kolache or Klobasnek or Klobasniky but definitely put them on your brunch table soon! They are SO good.
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Jalapeno Sausage Kolaches/ Klobasnek
- 1/3 cup water 110F
- 1 tablespoon yeast
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 1 pinch ground ginger
- 2/3 cup milk , 110F
- 2 tablespoons butter, , melted
- 1 egg , , room temp – beaten
- ¼ cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 3 ½ cups all-purpose flour, may need up to 4 1/2 cups
- 10 cooked jalapeno sausage links
- 10 tablespoons cheddar cheese, grated
- Mix the water, yeast, teaspoon of sugar, and ginger in a small bowl.
- Set aside for 5 minutes.
- In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment mix the milk, melted butter, egg, sugar, and salt until smooth.
- Add 1 cup of the flour and beat on low until blended.
- Add in the yeast mixture and beat just until blended.
- Remove the paddle attachment and replace it with a dough hook.
- Knead the dough with the dough hook adding flour 2 tablespoons at a time until the dough doesn’t stick to the sides of the bowl.
- Knead for 3 minutes longer.
- Remove the dough from the bowl and form it into a ball.
- Run with melted butter and place in a greased bowl.
- Cover with a clean tea towel and let rise until doubled, about 1 ½ hours.
- Punch down the dough.
- Divide dough into 10 portions.
- Roll each into a 5-inch x 2 ½-inch rectangle.
- Sprinkle 1 tablespoon of grated cheese down the center, lay a cooked sausage on top, and wrap the dough around the sausage and cheese, pinching to seal.
- Place seam side down on parchment lined baking sheets and let rise 30 minutes.
- Bake at 425F for 8 to 10 minutes or until golden.
- Turn off oven, open door, and let rest 3 minutes more.
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