It may come as a surprise that one of the most Texan dishes out there was brought to the Lone Star State by Czech immigrants. Kolaches can be sweet or savory; you might find these pastries filled with cream cheese or apricot or blueberry fruit filling topped with powdered sugar, or with a poppy seed filling.

In the 1950s, Village Bakery in West, Texas, put an even more American spin on the kolache recipe with the creation of the klobasniky, or a sausage kolache. It looks a little like the breakfast version of a pig-in-a-blanket, but this savory kolache recipe is so much better.

The kolache starts with a basic pastry dough: dry yeast, milk, butter, eggs, sugar, and salt, then add your and all-purpose flour. A stand mixer makes the process much easier, but you can also mix everything in a large bowl. Once the dough comes together, let it rise, then divide it into 12 dough balls. Each of those sections is rolled out into a rectangle and topped with shredded cheddar cheese, jalapeño slices, and a cooked sausage link.

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and place the kolache on the baking sheet. While the oven preheats, let the kolache rest, then bake until golden brown. While they're going to smell amazing, give the pastries a chance to cool before you try them.

Homemade Texas Sausage Kolache 

Prep Time: 5 minutes | Cook Time: 25 minutes

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INGREDIENTS

  • Dough
  • 2 1/4 tsp yeast (One packet)
  • 1/4 cup lukewarm water
  • 1 cup lukewarm milk
  • 4 tbs butter, melted and cooled
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 4 3/4 cups flour (You may need up to 5 1/2 cups)
  • Filling
  • 12 fully cooked sausage links (We like using pork)
  • 3/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup jalapeño slices

Instructions

In the bowl of your stand mixer (or whichever bowl you plan on mixing everything in), combine the yeast and water. Let rest to proof about 5 minutes.

With the mixer on low, add milk, butter, eggs, sugar, and salt until evenly combined.

Add 2 cups of flour and mix until blended. Add 2 more cups and mix until blended. Add the remaining 3/4 cup and continue mixing. If the dough still sticks to the side of the bowl, continue adding flour about 2 tbs at a time until the right consistency is reached.

Lightly grease the dough and cover with plastic wrap. Let rest at room temperature until the dough has doubled in size, about 90 minutes.

Meanwhile prepare a baking sheet by lining with parchment paper.

Punch down the dough and divide into 12 portions. Roll each into rectangles about 5 inch by 2 1/2 inch long.

Sprinkle 1 tbs cheese in a line down the middle. Layer on a few jalapeño slices, then lay on the sausage. Wrap the sausage in the dough, pinching to seal.

Transfer the kolache to the baking sheet, and place seam side down. Let rest for 30 minutes while the oven preheats to 350 F.

Bake until golden brown, about 25-30 minutes.

Let cool about 20 minutes before serving.

Nutrition Facts
Homemade Texas Sausage Kolache
Amount Per Serving
Calories 196 Calories from Fat 117
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 13g 20%
Saturated Fat 7g 35%
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.2g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Cholesterol 17mg 6%
Sodium 384mg 16%
Potassium 127mg 4%
Total Carbohydrates 14g 5%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 11g
Protein 8g 16%
Vitamin A 3%
Calcium 1%
Iron 6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.