What could be better than little smokies or kielbasa plus sauerkraut and caramelized onions nestled in a freshly baked dinner roll? That right there is the flavor combination found in Grown Up Pigs in a Blanket, a new twist on a childhood favorite.
20frozen dinner rollsdefrosted, I recommend Rhodes brand
4-6bacon slicescooked and chopped, about ¾ cup
115 ounce package little smokiesregular or cheese, or about a pound of any variety smoked kielbasa
2tablespoonsEverything Bagel Seasoning or poppy seeds
Prep Dinner Roll Dough
Remove 20 balls of frozen dinner roll dough from packaging. Place rolls about 3 inches apart on a parchment lined baking sheet. Cover with plastic wrap that has also been sprayed with Pam cooking spray. Set on the counter and allow to defrost for three hours.
Prep Filling Ingredients
While the dough is defrosting, cook the bacon and dice into small pieces. You’ll need ¾ cup of chopped bacon. Dice the smoked sausage into bite sized portions. Dice the onion. Heat olive oil in a cast iron skillet on the stove, until the oil starts to shimmer. Add the diced onion and sauerkraut and cook until the onions begin to caramelize and soften and the kraut softens a little, this takes about 10 minutes.
Add cooked and diced bacon and diced smoked sausage then stir in the garlic powder. Set aside until the dinner rolls have defrosted. To ensure safe food handling, be sure to refrigerate the filling ingredients if there's more than 30 minutes or so to wait before the rolls defrost.
Stuff the Dinner Rolls
Once the dinner roll dough is defrosted, on a floured surface or cutting board, roll out each piece dinner roll into a 4-in. circle. After defrosting the rolls will be perfectly soft and ready for this step.Top each flat round with about ¼ cup filling.
Fold the dough around the filling, forming a ball then pinch the edges together to create a seal. Place the seam side down on a baking sheet covered in parchment paper. Cover the rolls loosely with plastic wrap that has been coated with Pam or cooking spray. Let rise for 15 minutes.
Whisk the egg and use a pastry brush to coat each roll with egg, then sprinkle either Everything Bagel Seasoning or poppy seeds on the top of each roll.As another option, skip the topping completely, just brush with the egg wash and bake.
Bake and Serve
Bake for about 15 minutes in a 350° F oven until the tops of the rolls are lightly browned. Serve as an appetizer or as a main course with salad.
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