Runzas are a Nebraska classic made by my mother-in-law. To make this recipe you will need the following:
- 1 cup warm water
- 1/4 cup butter, softened
- 1 package (1/4 oz) active dry yeast
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 3 cups bread flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 lb ground beef
- 1 cup cabbage, chopped
- Hot sauce
Yield: 10-12 Runzas
The great thing about this recipe is you can completely customize it! I have used many different bread recipes and filling combinations - it's never gone wrong. A couple of my favorites are a biscuit dough with breakfast gravy and a pretzel dough with pulled pork!
Step 1: Making the Dough
Pour 1 cup warm water and ¼ cup softened butter into large bowl. Add one package yeast and allow to sit for 5 minutes.
Add 2 tablespoons sugar, 3 cups bread flour, and 1 teaspoon salt to a smaller bowl
Step 2: Knead
Slowly add flour mixture, mixing after each addition until the dough comes away from the sides. Knead on a floured surface until smooth
Step 3: Punch It
Place dough in a bowl lined with butter, turning once to coat. Cover and let rise for an hour in a warm area. Punch down. Let rise for another half hour.
Step 4: Brown Beef
While the bread rises, brown 1 lb hamburger meat in pan with salt, Worcester, and hot sauce to taste, about 7-10 minutes. Add cabbage and cook until slightly translucent, about three minutes. Set aside.
Step 5: Fill the Runzas
Grab about a 1/4 cup of dough and flatten into a circle. Add 2-3 tablespoons of meat mixture. Pull dough together and pinch closed around the filling.
Step 6: Bake Them!
On a pan lined with parchment paper, bake the runzas for 15-20 minutes in a 375 degree oven. Serve with ketchup or barbecue sauce. This makes 10-12 runzas