Texas kolaches will put a smile on your face. Especially these because they have my favorite sausage, andouille, pickled jalapeños and cheese.
Since moving to Texas I remember always seeing mini sausages wrapped in a yeasty dough when buying donuts. Kolaches are Czech pastries made of a yeast dough and usually filled with fruit, but a lot of the ones I've seen are mostly filled with delicious smoked sausage.
I used Epicurious kolache dough recipe. I really think it came out great and will be using it again. For the sausage, I brought a pack of small andouille sausage and cut them in half. They were so cute and worked out perfectly. The sauce was my favorite from Sir Kensington's, their special sauce!
Kolaches w/ Andouille Sausage & Jalapeño
- 1 cup whole milk
- 8 tablespoons 1 stick unsalted butter
- 1 tablespoon 1 packet active dry yeast
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 3 1/2 to 4 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 2 egg yolks
- 4 andouille sausage links cut in half
- 1 cup pickled jalapeños diced
- 1 cup cheddar cheese or your favorite cheese blend
- Over medium heat, warm the milk and 4 tablespoons of the butter until the milk is just beginning to steam, but is not boiling, and the butter is melted. Remove from the heat.
- In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the yeast, sugar, salt, and 1 1/2 cups of the flour. Pour in the warm milk mixture and stir until a sticky dough has formed. Cover the dough and let it rest for 30 minutes.
- Meanwhile, beat together the oil and egg yolks. Pour the eggs into the flour mixture and blend until fully incorporated. Slowly stir in enough of the remaining 2 to 2 1/2 cups flour until the dough comes together and is soft but not sticky. Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and knead for about 10 minutes, or until it is smooth.
- Place the kneaded dough in a lightly oiled bowl and cover. Allow to rise until doubled in size, about 1 hour.
Grease or line a baking sheet with parchment paper. After the dough has risen, punch it down and divide into 8 even-size pieces. In your hands, roll the pieces of dough into balls and then flatten them into disks 4 inches in diameter. In the center of each piece of dough, place 1tablespoon of the cheddar cheese, 2 tablespoons diced jalapeño , and 1 half of a sausage. Fold one side of the dough over the other and roll, then seal by pinching on all sides. Place on the baking sheet 1 inch apart, seam side down. Cover and allow to rise for 45 more minutes.
Melt the remaining 4 tablespoons of butter. Brush the tops of the klobasneks with half the melted butter. Top with a pickled jalapeño and a sprinkle of cheese. Bake, uncovered, for 15 to 18 minutes, or until lightly browned.
Kolache dough adapted from Epicurious.com