Friday, September 1, 2017

Everything Sauerkraut Rolls

Everything everything seems to be a recent food trend. So I thought I would hop on the everything bandwagon. I added a homemade Everything mix to these rolls laced with sauerkraut.

I stayed with pretty much the traditional combinations of seeds and spices in making the mix. However, as I was hunting through my cabinets to find the poppy and sesame seeds, all sorts of other combinations started pinging through my baking brain. Chia, cumin and coriander seeds were practically waving at me from the recesses of my kitchen. I ignored them all and went classic. Restraint people. 

One of these days I will experiment with making variations on the traditional Everything mix. But not today.

If you plan it right, assigning yourself other tasks during the rise time it takes to create these, they come together fast and require little work.

I know Trader Joe's sells an already made Everything mix. You can also make your own ahead of time or during one of the rise times. It takes less than 10 minutes if you have all the ingredients handy. 

The rest of the recipe involves mixing some chopped sauerkraut into a simple bread dough. Finished. 

The sauerkraut surprise laced through these rolls is lovely and add a bit of heft. Not enough to be used as a weapon but dense enough to be a meal in itself when accompanied by a salad. The sauerkraut adds, wait for it...sour flavor. The crunchy everything topping provides a flavor explosion in your mouth. What's not to like?

The topping also makes them pretty. Bonus. 

A lovely addition to any early fall brunch lunch or dinner. iI's also not too late to make these for your Labor Day party. These would make a tasty option to serve sliders on from the grill. 

Everything Sauerkraut Rolls
Prep time: 20 minutes
Rise time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Bake time: 30 Minutes
Yield: 1 dozen 
  • 4+3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 packages of active dry yeast (7 grams each)
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • scant 1/2 cup plus 1 cup lukewarm water, divided
  • 2 cups sauerkraut, well drained and chopped into pieces.
  • 1 egg yolk
For the Everything seasoning:


  • 6 tablespoons Poppy Seeds
  • 6 tablespoons Sesame seeds (white or black or a mix of both)
  • 3 tablespoons caraway seeds
  • 6 tablespoons garlic flakes
  • 6 tablespoons onion flakes
  • 1+1/2 tablespoons large grain salt
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Place the flour in a large bowl and make a well in the middle.
  • Dissolve the yeast and sugar in a 1/2 cup of the lukewarm water. When the mixture starts to bubble, pour it into the flour well.
  • Stir the flour from the sides into the mixture. 
  • Cover with a clean kitchen towel and stow in a warm area for 20 minutes. 
  • In the meantime, make the Everything seasoning (Adapted from The Kitchen Whisperer.)
  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. 
  • Place all the seasonings except the salt together in a jar. Seal and give the jar a few shakes. Or take this opportunity to pretend the jar is a maraca and have a dance break with it in the kitchen.
  • Spread the mixture out on the parchment paper. Pop it in the oven and bake for 3 minutes.
  • Remove and let cool completely. Mix in the salt. Reserve 1/4 cup for this recipe and store the re-covered jar.
  • Uncover the dough.Use your hands or the dough hook attachment of your mixer to knead in the rest of the water, the sauerkraut and the salt.
  • Re-cover the dough with the kitchen towel and let stand in a warm place for 30 minutes to rise.
  • Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
  • Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured work surface and knead a few times more. 
  • Form the dough into 12 round shapes and place on the parchment-lined baking sheets. 
  • Cover the pans with kitchen towels and let stand again for 20 minutes.
  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  • Brush the tops of the rolls with the egg yolk. Generously sprinkle the everything mix on top. 
  • Bake for 30 minutes.
  • Remove from oven. Cool and serve. 

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