Surprise sausage bundles is frequently on the menu at the Ruis home since it’s a versatile meat that’s quick to cook. “I especially like using Italian sausage in Italian entrees,” says our winner. From Barb Ruis of Grandville Michigan.
6 bacon strips, diced
1 cup chopped onion
1 can (16 ounces) sauerkraut, rinsed and well
1/2 pound fully cooked smoked kielbasa or
Polish sausage, coarsely chopped
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
1/4 teaspoon caraway seeds
1/8 teaspoon pepper
1 package (16 ounces) hot roll mix
2 eggs, divided
1 cup warm water (120° to 130°)
2 tablespoons butter, softened
In a skillet, cook bacon until crisp; remove to paper towels.
Reserve 2 tablespoons drippings. Saute onion in drippings until tender.
Stir in sauerkraut, sausage, brown sugar, garlic salt, caraway and pepper. Cook and stir for 5 minutes. Remove from the heat; add bacon. Set aside to cool.
In a bowl, combine contents of hot roll mix. Stir in one egg, water and butter to form a soft dough.
Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 5 minutes. Cover dough with a large bowl; let stand for 5 minutes.
Divide dough into 16 pieces. On a floured surface, roll out each piece into a 4-in. circle.
Top each with 1/4 cup filling. Fold dough around filling, forming a ball; pinch edges to seal.
Place seam side down on greased baking sheets.
Cover loosely with plastic wrap that has been coated with nonstick cooking spray. Let rise in a warm place for 15 minutes.
Beat remaining egg; brush over bundles.
Sprinkle with poppy seeds. Bake at 350° for 16-17 minutes or until golden brown. Serve warm. Yield: 16 servings.
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