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Alea’s Bierocks

Posted By Alea On September 28, 2010 @ 5:45 pm In Recipes | 20 Comments

I make Bierocks every fall for Oktoberfest. Happily, this coincides with sales on cabbage. If you have not had a bierock (or Runza as Nebraskans call them) you are in for a delightful surprise! They are the German equivalent of a Hot Pocket, only much tastier.


3 – 1 lb. loaves of frozen bread dough, thawed
1 lb. hamburger
8 cups cabbage, shredded
1 medium onion, diced
2 – 4 cloves of garlic, minced
1/4 teaspoon  pepper
2 tablespoons melted butter, optional


1. Brown the meat, onions, and garlic in a large skillet. Drain the excess fat.

2. Add shredded cabbage and pepper. Cook over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally. Cook until cabbage is completely wilted. 

3. Divide each loaf into 5 pieces. Roll each piece out until it is less than 1/2 inch thick. (When I was just starting out on my own,  I didn’t have a rolling pin, so I just dampened my fingers and pressed the dough into the shape I wanted). Fill the dough circle or square with a 1/2 cup cabbage, onion and meat filling.

4. There are several ways that you can seal the dough.  I will share my two favorite ways.

A. Bring opposite corners of dough together in center. Press open edges together until surface is sealed. This creates a square shaped bierock.

B. Or bring two opposite sides together and press seems together. This results in a half circle shaped bierock. 

5. Turn bierocks smooth side up. Place on a greased cookie sheet. Brush with melted butter if you wish.

Bake at 350 degrees for 18 – 20 minutes or until brown. Serve hot. Makes 15 bierocks (This recipe makes enough for 3 meals for my family of 5).

I use the leftover cabbage head to make Beef Stew with Cabbage and serve it with the bierocks for dinner. Bierocks also make a tasty lunch. Any leftover bierocks can be frozen.

Are you taking advantage of the sales on cabbage? If so, please share how. I always enjoy discovering new ways to prepare in season veggies, especially when they are $o.79 a pound!

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