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God made yeast, as well as dough, and loves fermentation just as dearly as he loves vegetagion. Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), American poet, essayist.
Never had a Runza? This is an old German
recipe that my mother learned to make when I was quite young. She perfected
the recipe and would make Runzas for our family on special occasions. We all dearly loved these meat and cabbage filled
rolls and now that I have my own family I make Runzas, on occasion, for them. There a little work, but well worth it!
2 pkg. Active dry Yeast
2 cups warm milk
1/2 t. salt
2 eggs - beaten
1/2 cup shortening, margarine or butter
7 to 8 cups all-purpose flour
Put yeast and milk in a bowl. Let sit for 5 minutes. Add
sugar, salt, eggs and softened butter.
Mix. Gradually add flour while mixing. Add flour until dough pulls together into a ball. Knead for 4
or 5 minutes or until dough is smooth. (This really works best with a free-standing mixer with a
Put in a greased bowl, cover with a towel and allow to rise
Punch down and let it rise again.
Remove dough from bowl and divide into thirds.
On a floured surface, roll one portion of the
dough to 1/4 thickness. Cut into 5"or 6 squares. (Reserve dough you cut off to reroll.)
Give each square an extra roll with the rolling pin before
2 lbs ground beef
1 head of cabbage finely shredded
Lots of salt and pepper
Brown ground beef. Add
shredded cabbage and cook over medium heat until cabbage is
softened. Add salt and pepper to taste. It takes a lot!
Start this about halfway through the second rise of the
dough. Set aside until dough is
Put a large mound of filling on the center of each dough
square. Pull opposite corners of
dough together and pinch to hold. Pull the opposite two corners together and use your fingers
to pinch all edges together to seal in filling. Turn Runza over and put on a cookie sheet lined with
parchment paper (helps to keep any leakage from staining your cookie sheet)
Space Runzas about 1 inch apart. When cookie sheet is full
put a towel over it and let it rise for
about 15 minutes.
Bake Runzas in a 350 degree oven for 15 to 20 minutes
until they are a deep brown.
Remove from oven and rub butter on the top of each Runza.
Cool on cooling rack or eat them now!
I made 28 Runzas from this recipe. Runzas can be cooled and then frozen.
To reheat just put one in the microwave for one minute.
Package them in individual bags and they make a GREAT
Idea: Try different fillings. Barbecued beef would be good. You could add cheese and/or onion to the recipe above,
dough is a sweet dough so if you find yourself with some leftover, you
can make it into cinnamon rolls!