Why should kolaches have all the fun? The jalapeño/cream cheese mini-bolillos from El Bolillo panaderia are an instant Houston classic, drawing inspiration from the way Tex-Czech sweet rolls come filled with an array of multi-culti ingredients, from boudin to ranchero sauce.
You can tell the savvy El Bolillo brain trust was thinking in kolache terms, because they also offer rectangular sausage-stuffed pastries that look mighty Tex-Czech. But really, it's those splendid baby bolillos you want, crackly of crust and slashed dramatically to allow the green jalapeño cartwheels and soft cheese to peek through.
These fat, pointy little torpedoes are gorgeous. They're also great with coffee as a breakfast that will get your blood pumping (El Bolillo pours local Katz brews from big thermos jugs) as the capsaicin and caffeine enter your system. Grab your tongs and silver platter, pluck up a half dozen at 50 cents each, and freeze some individually in foil to heat up in the oven all week long.
Can boudin bolillos be far behind? Personally, I'm hoping for a bit of bacon to go in with those green chiles and cheese. Just think of the possibilities.
El Bolillo, 2517 Airline Drive, 713-861-8885; 2421 S. Wayside Drive @ Gulf Freeway, 713-921-3500; 7610-D Office City Drive, 713-643-2625)