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Texas Sausage Kolache (Sausage Rolls)

You know those delicious sausage kolache filled with cheese that you find in the donut shops all over Texas? Well…I’ve been obsessed with these yummy breakfast pastries since I moved to Texas, and now I’ve found the EASIEST and yummiest way to make it right in your own home!

Hint: No kneading needed…and still maintaining that delicious yeast bread quality!

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Rhodes Bake-N-Serv. All opinions and texts are mine.

A plate of two sausage kolaches with more sausage kolaches in the background

Looking for classic well loved Texas foods? Don’t forget to also check out my authentic Texas Chili, Queso, and Breakfast Tacos!

What is Sausage Kolache?

Sausage Kolache is a delicious yeast bread pastry wrapped around a cheesy sausage (or Jalapeño sausage for spice lovers out there). It is originally a Czech Republic pastry brought by Czech immigrants to Texas.

Over time it has evolved into this sausage roll pastry that is sold in pretty much every donut shop across the state, and is one of the most popular breakfast food.

Fun fact: what is widely know as Sausage Kolache today was once upon a time more accurately known as Klobasnek. “Kolache” is the name given to a similar pastry but with fruit filling. Over time, these sausage Klobasnek became conveniently known as “Sausage Kolache”.

So I’m running with the Sausage Kolache name for now because you know…when in Rome (or in this case…Texas), do what the Romans (Texans) do. 🙂

Texas Sausage Kolaches stacked on a plate

The Easiest Sausage Kolache Recipe!

I have tried making sausage kolache from scratch, where I knead the dough and wait for it to rise, and I think they are wonderful

However, when I want “from-scratch” quality without all the hard work, Rhodes make this possible. AND even more delicious than when I made it from scratch!

Rhodes Yeast Dinner Rolls are seriously perfect for this. These rolls come frozen in dough form. Let them defrost/rise and use them as the the pastry for these sausage kolache.

They are called dinner rolls, but they are seriously so versatile and they are made for Texas Sausage Kolache!

We have been using Rhodes for years (check out these Cheesy Garlic Rolls using the same Rhodes dough!) and recently discover that it makes the best Sausage Kolaches as well…and the rest as they say, is history.

Sausage Kolache the Rhodes way is how we do sausage kolache is our household these days!

Why it’s awesome:

  • so convenient – no kneading required!
  • the fluffiest, freshest, best tasting dough EVER! It taste like homemade dough without all the efforts of homemade. WIN-WIN-WIN!
  • makes as good as store-bought kolaches. Yes you heard it. Just like the ones sold in donut shops. Now you can make it at home and eat it in your pajamas!
A plate of two Texas sausage rolls with a bag of Rhodes frozen dough in the background

How to make Texas Sausage Kolache

To make sausage kolache, first grab the frozen dough and let it rise for 3.5 – 4 hours.

If your room is colder (especially during winter months), it might take a bit longer. The temperature of your room really makes a difference to the rise time.

Once it rises, use a rolling pin and roll dough into oval/rectangular shape, with its length about the same as the length of the sausage.

sausage placed on a rolled out dough on cutting board

Then wrap the dough around the sausage and seal. Apply pressure well to seal tightly.

sausage rolled in dough on cutting board

Place dough + sausage seam side down on a baking sheet line with parchment paper or baking mat.

And then let it rise a little longer.

Patience, my friends. Patience. 😉

Brush with egg wash then bake Sausage Kolache at 375ºF for 15-17 minutes, or until the top is golden brown.

Dough should rise and become this soft, fluffy bread with a golden brown crust.

And that’s it! You just made yourself a homemade sausage kolache!

Cheesy savory sausage and that soft pillow-y bread with a hint of sweetness all in one delicious bite. Yum!

Two sausage kolaches on a plate

I highly recommend pairing these sausage kolaches with some iced or hot coffee. I’m feeling the iced coffee thing lately because it’s about 100ºF outside as we speak…

Do they keep well as leftovers?

Yes! Store sausage kolache in the fridge for up to 5 days and pop them into the microwave for 20-30 seconds to heat them up.

Not only are sausage kolaches great grab-and-go breakfast for busy mornings, they make great snacks for kids’ lunch boxes as well.

Tips and Tricks

  • Pat dry sausage before wrapping it with dough.
  • Make sure to let the dough rise well and not short cut the process. Rising the dough well will ensure a nice fluffy soft bread texture.
  • Remember to cover the dough during the first rise to prevent it from drying out.
A stack of sausage rolls with one that is already bite into on the top of the stack

I often tell my husband that if we ever move away from Texas, Texas Sausage Kolache and Breakfast Tacos are two things that I will miss so dang much. And I have only lived here for four years .

So if you do not have donut shops down the street that sell these delicious Sausage Kolache, grab some Rhodes bread and sausages and get the party started!

Heck, even if you have a donut shop down the street…do it as well!! It’s so worth it! TRUST ME.

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A stack of sausage rolls with one that is already bite into on the top of the stack

Texas Sausage Kolache

The easiest sausage kolache recipe! Sometimes known as sausage rolls, cheesy sausage is wrapped around a soft pillowy bread. A popular breakfast and snack in Texas!
4.93 from 78 votes
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Course: Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Rest Time: 5 hours
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 12 serving
Calories: 187kcal
Author: MinShien

Ingredients

  • 12 Rhodes yeast dinner rolls frozen dough
  • cooking spray
  • 12 cheese sausage links fully cooked
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tbsp 2% milk

Instructions

  • Place 12 frozen dough 2-3 inches apart on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or baking mat. Spray the top of frozen dough with cooking oil and cover with saran wrap. Let it rise for 3.5-4 hours.
  • Pre-heat oven to 375ºF.
  • Pat dry sausage links. Using a rolling pin, roll one risen dough into a flat rectangular/oval shape. Place one sausage link on one side of the dough.
    sausage placed on a rolled out dough on cutting board
  • Wrap sausage link with dough. Apple pressure to press and seal dough. Place sausage + dough seam side down on a baking sheet line with parchment paper or baking mat.
    sausage rolled in dough on cutting board
  • Repeat Step 3-4 for the rest of the sausage links and dough balls. Make sure to keep them ~2 inchs apart from each other when placing them on baking sheet – you will probably need two baking sheets.
  • Let rolled sausage+dough sit and rise for 1 hour.
  • Combine egg and milk. Beat to mix well. Brush egg wash onto the top of each kolache pastry.
  • Bake for 15-17 minutes (middle rack) or until top is golden brown. Check at 15 minute mark to see if it is done.
  • Serve and enjoy!

Notes

  • Dough may take longer to rise if room is colder, so adjust accordingly. 
  • Make sure to always place dough on baking sheet lined with parchment paper or baking mat.
  • Cover dough during the four hour rise to avoid drying out dough.

Nutrition

Calories: 187kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 28mg | Sodium: 359mg | Potassium: 104mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 35IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 81mg | Iron: 2mg
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  1. 5 stars
    These are the best!! I have not had a true Texas Kolache since I moved away. I have tried to make the dough myself but takes too long and not as soft as what we were used to, no matter what recipe I tried. I don’t have the Rhodes brand here in my area, but I used frozen Parker House dinner rolls by Bridgeford. It is perfect, just like the little Kolache shop that we loved! Thank you for sharing!!!

    1. Joyous Apron says:

      Yay! Thank you Annie, and I’m so glad you now get to enjoy easy homemade kolaches! I know that’s what I’ll want if we ever move out of Texas!

  2. 5 stars
    THANK YOU! My husband recently returned from Texas and has been RAVING about Kolache!! This recipe was easy and he was THRILLED.

    1. Joyous Apron says:

      I’m so glad you found it! Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  3. 5 stars
    Thank you for sharing this! My kids are obsessed with the kolaches sold at doughnut shops here in Louisiana. I figured it couldn’t be too hard to make, but had no idea these frozen yeast rolls existed. This was SO easy and they came out perfectly.

    1. Joyous Apron says:

      That’s wonderful, Corinne! Love hearing that you all found a way to make them easily! 🙂

  4. What sausage brand do you recommend?

    1. Joyous Apron says:

      I’ve always like Eckrich smoked sausages!

  5. 5 stars
    No kolaches in Oregon. I had them for my whole life around Fort Worth until I retired to the mountains in 2017. The struck thought me today I need to bring them to me by making them if I want any, and who doesn’t? Short, I found your site and recipes. I’ve never heard of Rhodes, but I can get them at the local Kroger-owned local store. I can bake but I’m too lazy. Perfect recipe. No quite like those in West, TX, my kolache home, but close!

    1. Joyous Apron says:

      I’m so glad you found an easy recipe for kolaches! I know if I ever move out of Texas I’ll miss them so much!

  6. If i wanted to add cheese what do i do to keep it from melting out

    1. Joyous Apron says:

      Try putting it in the center and not on the ends.

  7. 5 stars
    These are fantastic, everything is closed when I leave for work so I’m always looking for hand held breakfast items. Thanks

    1. Joyous Apron says:

      Glad they turned out well, Chris!

  8. Can I let it do the second rise in the fridge overnight? I want to serve these early in the morning.

    1. Joyous Apron says:

      Unfortunately it wouldn’t rise much in the fridge. You can refrigerate the dough wrapped around the sausage overnight, remove it from the fridge in the morning and do the second rise in room temperature before baking.