Surprise Sausage Bundles Recipe
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Surprise Sausage Bundles Recipe

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Kielbasa and sauerkraut star in a tasty filling for these scrumptious stuffed rolls, which make a great dinner with soup or salad. My family also loves leftover bundles right out of the refrigerator for a quick lunch. -Barb Ruis, Grandville, Michigan
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 45 min. + rising Bake: 20 min.
MAKES:16 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 45 min. + rising Bake: 20 min.
MAKES: 16 servings


  • 6 bacon strips, diced
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 can (16 ounces) sauerkraut, rinsed and well drained
  • 1/2 pound 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
  • 1 cup warm water (120° to 130°)
  • 2 tablespoons butter, softened
  • Poppy seeds

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 each) equals 233 calories, 12 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 46 mg cholesterol, 671 mg sodium, 24 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 7 g protein.


  1. In a large skillet, cook bacon until crisp; remove to paper towels. Reserve 2 tablespoons drippings. Saute onion in drippings until tender. Stir in the 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.
  2. In a large bowl, combine contents of the roll mix and its yeast packet. 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.
  3. 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 cooking spray. Let rise in a warm place for 15 minutes.
  4. Beat remaining egg; brush over bundles. Sprinkle with poppy seeds. Bake at 350° for 16-17 minutes or until golden brown. Serve warm.
    Freeze option: Freeze cooled bundles in a freezer container, separating layers with waxed paper. To use, reheat bundles on a greased baking sheet in a preheated 325° oven until heated through.
    Yield: 16 servings.
Originally published as Surprise Sausage Bundles in Taste of Home August/September 1998, p25

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Reviewed Feb. 7, 2015

"I just wanted to let you all know, that I have been making these delicious rolls for many years. As a matter of fact, I just made a batch for supper tonight. But I always add some diced celery and green bell pepper to the onion. Don't be afraid to use turkey smoked sausage, turkey bacon and top with sesame seeds. Because they turn out great every time! My family had a great meal with yummy surprise sausage bundles and spinach tortellini soup. Give them a try!"

Reviewed Jan. 4, 2014

"Every year for New Year's Day I always make sauerkraut for my family but this year I wanted to try a new recipe using sauerkraut so I tried this. It was a big hit and very Delicious!! The only thing I did different was make homemade rye rolls instead of buying a packet. I will be making these again and not just for New Year's Day!"

Reviewed Jan. 7, 2013

"These were so good, and heated up so nicely in the microwave. I'm making them again tonight with leftover kielbasa sauerkraut casserole, and I'm also going to stuff some rolls with leftover meatballs."

Reviewed Jan. 4, 2011

"These were very good but I think next time I will reduce the brown sugar. They turned out a bit too sweet."

Reviewed Sep. 19, 2010

"These freeze well. They really taste good!"

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