- half a bag of frozen bread dough (approx 2-3 loaves worth)
- 2 lbs ground beef (from Skagit River Ranch)
- 3/4 head of cabbage
- 1 onion
- 1 shallot
- a good bit of fresh minced garlic to taste (I used about 2 tablespoons)
- garlic salt
- black pepper
- butter (to brush the tops with)
Preheat your oven to 350. Grease your baking pans. Punch down your risen dough, divide it up into manageable sections (I have a pretty small work space, so I just do about a fist sized ball at a time) & roll out your first section on a floured surface. Roll the dough to about 1/8 inch thick (or thicker if you like your piroshkies more bread than meat. Personally I like them meaty.) Cut the dough into squares about the size of your hand (I use a pizza wheel to cut my dough, but always on a cutting board. Don't damage your counter top!). Scoop filling onto the middle of your dough square & pinch the ends together to make a little pocket. I like to make mine kind of burrito shaped, but you can make them any shape you like. Place your little bundles into your prepared pan. They should look similar to this:
Runzas ready for the oven!
Brush the tops of the buns with butter so they brown-up nicely in the oven. Bake at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes, or until they look like this:
I ended up making about 20 Runzas & had some extra dough left to make a small loaf of bread. Nothing wasted! :) We'll be serving these to our friends on Thursday night & hopefully taking the leftovers for lunches.
While all of this crazy Runza madness was going on last night I was simultaneously experimenting with turning the previous night's home made dough failure into a success by experimenting with making crackers. Since the oven was indisposed all night, I made the majority of these in the toaster oven & they turned out just dandy!
- unrisen bread dough
- 6-8 oz shredded cheese (I used sharp cheddar)
- cayenne pepper (optional)
- italian seasoning & dried parsley (though you could use fresh whatever-you-have! Rosemary would be really good...mmm...)
- garlic and/or regular salt
So there you have it. One dough-related-Sad turned into a healthy-snack-related-Happy! :)