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Jalapeno Popper Roll with Thyme Cheese Sauce

Jalapeno Popper Roll with Thyme Cheese Sauce

What if you could enjoy a Bacon Jalapeno Popper roll, a classic BBQ appetizer into a dish that can be enjoyed any time of the day - in a cinnamon roll form? Sounds like the perfect combination! Creamy, salty, spicy and cheesy goodness!!!
Course Breakfast, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine American

Equipment

  • Stand mixer
  • Small pot
  • 2 Dutch ovens or 13x9 pan,
  • Frying pan
  • Rolling pin
  • Plastic wrap

Ingredients
  

Dough

  • ½ cup warm water
  • 2 teaspoon instant dry yeast
  • 3 tablespoon shortening or bacon fat
  • 2 tablespoon white sugar
  • 1 ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup warmer water 120F
  • 1 large egg beaten
  • 2 cups whole wheat flour or all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • ¼ teaspoon dried oregano
  • 2 cups whole wheat flour if using all purpose, add additional ¼ cup

Filling

  • ¾ cup jalapenos raw or 1/3 to ½ cup roasted jalapenos, finely diced
  • 5 eggs beaten
  • 8 oz cream cheese (1 package), cut in ½” cubes at room temperature (soft)
  • 1 cup of bacon cooked, chopped and crumbled (~12-16 slices)
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheese optional

Thyme Cheese Sauce

  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • ½ teaspoon mustard
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne
  • 1 ½ tablespoon butter
  • 2 tablespoon whipping cream
  • 1 cup 1% milk
  • ¼ tablespoon thyme
  • 1 cup Old/sharp cheddar cheese
  • 2 oz cream cheese

Instructions
 

Dough

  • In a liquid measuring cup, combine the water and warm to 110F. Add yeast let stand until bubbly or foamy, about 5 minutes.
  • In a stand mixer with a dough hook, add shortening or bacon fat, sugar and salt and warmer 120F water. Mix until most of the fat/ shortening is melted and soft floating on top of the water. Allow to cool to 110F or warm (but not hot)
  • Add 2 cups of flour, thyme and oregano into shortening water mixture and mix until smooth
  • Add yeast mixture and beaten egg to dough mixture, mix on slow speed until mostly combined.
  • Add remaining 2 cups of flour and continue to mix on low to medium until combined
  • Mix/ knead for 2 minutes on low speed in stand mixer. Dough will be very wet.
  • Increase to medium speed for about 8 minutes when the dough becomes elastic (or knead by hand on a counter for 15 minutes. Dough will be wet, try to resist urge to flour the counter too much, as the moisture keeps dough soft when baked).
  • Place dough into a into a greased bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise in warm area until doubled, 1-2 hours.

Filling

  • On a pan, roast the whole jalapenos in 400F oven for 15 minutes, where the skin blisters
  • Immediately place in a bowl with plastic wrap to steam and loosen the skin for at least 15 minutes
  • Peel skin off.
  • Slice jalapeno in half lengthwise. Trim off stem, use a small spoon to scrape jalapeno seeds.
  • Finely dice jalapenos.
  • Partially cook scrambled eggs in a frying pan, so it is partially runny, place into bowl and set aside.
  • Once dough is doubled, gently roll dough out into 24”x 16” rectangle that is ¼” thick
  • Using fingers, lay out cream cheese cubes and spread cream cheese across the dough (this works best when cream cheese is room temperature and soft)
  • Crumble and spread partially cooked scrambled eggs on dough
  • Spread jalapenos, bacon crumble and shredded cheese (optional) onto the dough.
  • Roll dough along the long edge and pinch the end of the dough to the roll and allow to sit on the seam.
  • Slice into 12 pieces across the roll or 1.5” across the roll, place rolls with spiral showing into 13x9 greased or parchment laid pan with spaces in between or 2 10” dutch ovens
  • Allow the rolls to rise for 1 hour (this will mostly fill in the gaps).
  • Preheat oven to 375F.
  • Bake rolls for ~30 minutes until dough is 195F and rolls are browned on the top.

Thyme Cheese Sauce

  • In small heavy pot, melt butter and whisk flour, mustard, cayenne until thickened and smells nutty.
  • Slowly whisk in whipping cream and milk
  • Bring milk mixture to gently boil (small bubbles) while whisking to prevent lumps and burning.
  • Turn heat to low heat. Cook milk mixture on medium heat until frothy and thickened about 7 more minutes
  • Turn off the heat. Add cream cheese, cheese and thyme and whisk to melt the cheese until smooth.
  • Drizzle thyme cheese sauce on hot rolls. Enjoy!
Keyword bacon, cheese, creamed cheese, Jalapeno, popper, thyme