Back in my grad school days, I lived within striking distance of West, Texas. Not to be confused with the geographic region, West is a town as well-known for West Fest and The Czech Stop as it is for being the scene of a tragic fertilizer plant explosion a few years ago.
West, Texas, was settled by people of Czechoslovakian descent, and arguably the best food in town is to be had at The Czech Stop.
While it looks like a gas station (admittedly, it’s next to one), The Czech Stop serves up the very best authentic, homemade kolaches in the state of Texas.
Southerners call kolaches by different names: kolaches or pigs in a blanket, usually. The very best ones are in West.
I tried to duplicate them myself but failed miserably until I happened upon Bob Evans’ Owens Smoked Sausage Kolaches in the frozen foods aisle of Brookshire’s, near the breakfast foods.
A tender sausage link is encased in a mass of flaky doughiness for a heavenly treat that’s easy to heat in a toaster oven or microwave for a quick breakfast or snack. They could easily be a main dish or a party staple as well. Owens sausage, with its world-renown, gives these kolaches a full-bodied flavor that would be enviable in certain other cities.
My son eats them, along with Greek yogurt, every morning.