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runzas (bierocks)

(1 rating)
Recipe by
Becky Graves
Del City, OK

If you grew up in Nebraska, these were a favorite food !! I found this recipe on Sweet & Saucy. The picture is from

(1 rating)
yield 10 serving(s)
prep time 1 Hr 40 Min
cook time 30 Min
method Bake

Ingredients For runzas (bierocks)

  • 4 1/2 c
    all purpose flour, divided
  • 1/4 c
  • 2 pkg
    (0.25) active dry yeast
  • 1 tsp
  • 3/4 c
    milk, 1% or 2%
  • 1/2 c
    butter flavored crisco
  • 2
  • 1 lb
    lean ground beef (i use 93/7 or 95/5 so i don’t have to drain it)
  • 2 sm
    yellow onions, chopped
  • 4 c
    chopped cabbage
  • 1 tsp
    course salt, plus more for seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp
    pepper, plus more for seasoning
  • 1 1/4 c
    shredded mild cheese, ( or any cheese of your choosing), optional

How To Make runzas (bierocks)

  • 1
    Method: In a large mixing bowl, place 1 3/4 cups of flour, sugar, yeast, and salt. Heat milk, water, and shortening to 120F – 130F. (I heated the mixture in a saucepan on the stove and used a candy thermometer to check the temperature.) Pour over flour mixture; add the eggs. Beat with an electric mixer on low until blended. Beat an additional 3 minutes on high. Stir in the remaining flour (2 3/4 cups); knead dough on a lightly floured surface until smooth and elastic (about 6 – 8 minutes). Place dough in a greased bowl; cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled (about 1 hour.)
  • 2
    Meanwhile, brown beef and onions in skillet. Add cabbage, salt, and pepper; cook until cabbage is wilted and starting to become translucent. Continue seasoning filling with additional salt and pepper to taste.
  • 3
    Punch dough down. Divide into 10 equal pieces and roll each piece into a square on a lightly floured surface. Top each square with 1/3 cup meat mixture and 2 tablespoons of shredded cheese. Fold dough over the filling, crimp edges tightly to seal, and place on greased baking sheets. (I used a pizza stone; you could also line your baking sheets with parchment [but NOT wax paper].) Bake at 350F for 20 minutes or until golden brown. Serve hot