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Texas Sausage Kolaches (Klobasneks)

5/5 (1)
1 hr 20 mins
Vadim Rachok
05.01.2024
31.03.2024
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These Texas Sausage Kolaches are a breakfast pastry made with a sweet, fluffy breading surrounding cheese-filled sausage. Make them at home for a hearty and delicious breakfast!

These Texas Sausage Kolaches are a delightful twist on a classic breakfast pastry. The combination of fluffy dough, savory sausage, gooey cheese, and a hint of jalapeño creates a symphony of flavors. As a chef, I appreciate the cultural influence behind these kolaches, with Czech roots adding a unique touch to Texan breakfast tradition. Whether you're a local or trying them for the first time, these kolaches are a delicious journey for your taste buds!

All About These Sausage Kolaches…

Texas Kolaches are a popular breakfast pastry in Texas made with fluffy yeast dough, sausage, cheese, and jalapeno.

These pastries were brought to Texas by Czech immigrants. Although most Texans refer to them as “kolaches,” Czech Texans clarify that this name only applies to sweet pastries filled with fruit jellies. The savory version with sausage filling is actually called a “klobasnek.” However, donut shops still label both varieties as “kolaches.” So, if you order a “sausage kolache,” you will receive the savory version.

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Sausage Kolaches Ingredients:

Dough

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  • Flour: Gives texture to kolaches by providing structure and bulk to the dough.
  • Dry Yeast: Acts as a leavening agent, helping the dough rise and become light and fluffy.
  • Milk: Adds moisture and richness to the dough, contributing to its tenderness and taste.
  • Sugar: Add the sugar to feed the yeast.
  • Salt: Enhances the flavor of the dough and regulates yeast activity.
  • Chicken egg yolks: Add richness, color, and flavor to the dough, making it more tender and flavorful.
  • Olive oil: Contributes to the texture of the dough and adds a touch of flavor.
  • Butter: Adds richness and flavor to the dough. The result is a tender, buttery dough.

Filling

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  • Sausages: These are used as a filling for the kolaches. They provide a savory element that contrasts with the sweetness of the dough.
  • Parmesan cheese: Adds a salty and savory flavor to the filling, which enhances the overall flavor of the dish.
  • Thyme: Provides an aromatic and earthy flavor to the filling.
  • Marinated jalapenos: Add a spicy kick to the filling and balance out the flavors with a little heat.
  • Sesame seeds: Sprinkled on top of the kolaches for added texture and flavor.

How to Make (Step-By-Step):

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  1. To knead the dough: Add yeast to warm milk (up to 104 degrees F (40 degrees C)), and let stand for 5 minutes. 
  2. Then, in a large bowl, mix 18 ounces (510 g) of flour, sugar, and salt. Add milk and yeast and knead.
  3. Next, add two egg yolks and 50 ml water, and mix well. Add 2 ounces (60 g) of softened butter and knead for 3-4 minutes until the dough becomes elastic.
  4. Add 0,5 ounces (15 g) of olive oil and grease the surface of the dough.
  5. Then, cover the dough with a towel or plastic wrap. Place in a warm place for 1 hour – 1 hour 20 mins.
  6. When the dough has risen, place it on a floured table, roll it out, and divide it into 8 equal parts. Roll each part well into balls.
  7. Then, roll each piece into a rectangular shape.
  8. Place the sausage on the edge of the dough, sprinkle with Parmesan cheese, and wrap so that some of the sausage protrudes from the dough.
  9. Place on a parchment-lined baking sheet, cover with a towel and let rise in a warm place for another half hour.
  10. Brush each dough piece with egg yolk and sprinkle with coarse sea salt, thyme, pickled chili, or sesame seeds. 
  11. Preheat the oven to 356 degrees F (180 degrees C) and bake the kolaches for 25 minutes. 
  12. Once cooked, allow them to cool for 20-30 minutes. Enjoy!

Chef Recipe Tips:

  • You can mix the egg yolks with melted butter and brush the dough on top for even more flavor and aroma.
  • Feel free to add your favorite spices and dishes to the kolaches.
  • You can use other hard cheeses instead of Parmesan.

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How to Make Kolaches Ahead?

You can make kolaches in advance and bake them the next day to save time. Prepare them the night before and reduce the second rise (after they are prepared and on the baking sheet) to only 30 minutes. Place in the refrigerator overnight, covered tightly with plastic wrap. The next morning, take them out of the refrigerator and let them stand at room temperature while you preheat the oven and bake according to the instructions.

Is a Kolache the Same as a Pig in a Blanket?

Pigs in a blanket are typically made from crescent dough. Kolaches are made with a sweet, yeast-raised dough that is used to make fruit tarts. This makes the kolaches just a little bit sweeter than the average pig in a blanket. In other words, don’t insult your favorite Texan by calling them “pig in a blanket.”

I think it's no secret to anyone that sausages in dough are not an example of healthy eating. And it's not for nothing, because there is neither quality natural meat here (only processed meat products), nor quality carbohydrates (white flour cannot be considered a healthy source of carbohydrates because it is grain, stripped of its husk, that is, of everything valuable contained in the grain). If you still want to make this dish, I can suggest replacing regular flour with whole grain flour, and sausages with natural sausages made from quality meat mince. The taste will be different from the initially proposed version of the dish, but the difference in its impact on your body will be colossal. Also, I would reduce the amount of sugar (or remove it from the recipe at all).

Jenny Dobrynina
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Texas Sausage Kolaches (Klobasneks)
5/5 (1)
Author:Vadim Rachok
This is a recipe for sausage kolaches that I put together myself. I believe it creates the perfect kolache. I grew up in Central Texas where they were a common sight in every bakery and donut shop. When I moved to Seattle, I found out that they were not as well-known there.
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Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
1 hr 5 mins
Total Time:
1 hr 20 mins
Servings:
4
The ingredients you need
2 and 3⁄8 cups / 19 ounces (540 g) flour 540 gr
0,6 ounces (10 g) dry yeast
8,5 ounces (240 g) milk
1 tablespoon / 0,5 ounces (15 g) sugar
0,25 ounces (7 g) salt
3 pcs (3 yolks) chicken egg
1 tablespoon / 0,5 ounces (15 g) olive oil
4 tablespoons / 2 ounces (60 g) butter
8 pcs sausages (beef or pork)
2,8 ounces (80 g) Parmesan cheese
1 branch thyme
0,5 ounces (15 g) marinated jalapenos
0,14 ounces (4 g) sesame seeds
coarse sea salt
Let’s start !
1
Knead the dough: Add yeast to warm milk (up to 104 degrees F (40 degrees C)), and let stand for 5 minutes.
2

In a large bowl, mix 18 ounces (510 g) of flour, sugar, and salt. Add milk and yeast and knead.

3

Add two egg yolks and 50 ml water. Mix well. Add 2 ounces (60 g) of softened butter and knead for 3-4 minutes until the dough becomes elastic.

4

Add 0,5 ounces (15 g) of olive oil and grease the surface of the dough.

5
Cover with a towel or plastic wrap. Place in a warm place for 1 hour – 1 hour 20 mins.
6

When the dough has risen, place it on a floured table, roll it out, and divide it into 8 equal parts. Roll each part well into balls.

7
Roll each piece into a rectangular shape.
8

Place the sausage on the edge of the dough, sprinkle with Parmesan cheese, and wrap so that some of the sausage protrudes from the dough.

9
Place on a parchment-lined baking sheet, cover with a towel and let rise in a warm place for another half hour.
10
Brush each dough piece with egg yolk and sprinkle with coarse sea salt, thyme, pickled chili, or sesame seeds.
11
Preheat the oven to 356 degrees F (180 degrees C) and bake the kolaches for 25 minutes.
12

Once cooked, allow them to cool for 20-30 minutes.

Nutrition Information
Servings Per Recipe: 4 Calories: 4230
% Daily Value *
 % Daily Value *
Total Fat 13g16%
Saturated Fat 7g34%
Cholesterol 51mg17%
Sodium 367mg16%
Total Carbohydrate 27g10%
Dietary Fiber 1g3%
Total Sugars 6g 
Protein 9g 
Vitamin C 0mg1%
Calcium 100mg8%
Iron 2mg9%
Potassium 111mg2%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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For an extra burst of flavor, consider experimenting with different types of sausage and cheeses. Whether it's a spicy sausage for a kick or a smoked cheese for added depth, variations can elevate your kolaches. Additionally, don't be shy with the jalapeños—adjust the heat level to your liking for a personalized breakfast treat. Enjoy the process of crafting these kolaches, and feel free to get creative with your fillings!

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