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Runzas II (Bierocks)

Runzas II (Bierocks)

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nancy schaefer

Ground beef, onions, and cabbage wrapped in bread dough and then baked. Can be made smaller and served as an appetizer. We called these sandwiches Bierocks. I assume they must have originated in Europe and each country has a name for them. I have heard them called Runzas also. They really are simple. I have found that I cannot substitute anything for the MSG. They just lose the flavor. If your ground beef is too lean, these tend to be dry. I sometimes add cheese to them to offset this problem. I have also added fennel seed, about 1 teaspoon, although the recipe does not call for it.

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  • Calories:
  • 371 kcal
  • 19%
  • Fat:
  • 15.9 g
  • 25%
  • Carbs:
  • 39.6g
  • 13%
  • Protein:
  • 15.1 g
  • 30%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 42 mg
  • 14%
  • Sodium:
  • 539 mg
  • 22%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

Directions

  1. Divide thawed bread dough into 6 pieces and roll into balls. Saute onion in a large saucepan until browned; add beef and cook until beef loses its red color (overcooking beef will cause Runzas to be very dry). Stir in cabbage and MSG, cover and steam until cabbage is wilted.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  3. Remove beef/cabbage mixture from heat and let cool. Roll each dough ball into a 5 x 5 inch square. Fill center of each square with about 1/2 cup of beef mixture. Bring opposite corners of dough square together and seal. Place smooth-side-down on a lightly greased cookie sheet and flatten slightly.
  4. Bake in preheated oven for 20 to 25 minutes. Remove from oven and butter top of each pastry as soon as they come out of the oven.
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KittyFanatic
34
2/13/2006

Well, no one in our house can eat MSG, so that made this one questionable! But, it is much like a recipe for something I had in Colorado (diff name, but can't remember it at the moment!). You really don't need the MSG - just cook the cabbage in chicken or beef broth. Use Mrs. Dash for extra zing, and it is a very good sandwich. You can also use refrigerated dough instead of bread dough - just as good!

MARK J
27
8/19/2003

just like my aunt used to make. add one can of cream of celery soup to ground beef after draing grease for added flavor I also put mozarella shredded cheese in mine, and sometimes sliced mushrooms. get creative, I sometimes spread pizza sauce first then the meat cooked without the cabbage, add cheese and mushrooms and it is a pizza runza

APRILYNNE3
24
8/31/2008

This is a great recipie, very similar to my mom's recipie. she did not add MSG, she would add lipton onion soup mix to the ground beef as well as cabbage and onions. A lot more flavorful to those of you who said it was too bland! Next time I make these I think I will try the cheese! Yummy!