Ingredients

How to make it

  • Dough:
  • Add yeast and sugar to warm water to dissolve and proof.
  • In a large bowl add flour and salt. (I use my standup mixer to make the dough using the dough hook)
  • Add vegetable oil to water then pour into bowl with flour and salt. Mix well.
  • Turn dough out onto a floured board and knead adding as much flour as needed to make a soft elastic dough. (again I use my standup mixer instead of placing on a floured board.)
  • Place dough in a clean large bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Allow dough to rise to about twice its size. Punch dough down and rise for a second time.
  • While the dough is making its second rise you can prepare and cook the filling.
  • Filling:
  • Cook ground beef in a 12 inch skillet over medium heat. Make sure to break up large pieces of meat as it cooks.
  • Add onion and cabbage to meat stirring together to combine.
  • Add a cup of water and continue cooking, uncovered, until cabbage and onion are tender and cooked through. (15-20 min.). Cool.
  • Shape:
  • Divide dough in half. (makes it easier to work with)
  • Roll out into a square. Cut dough into 4x8 inch rectangles. Place filling on one half of the dough. Fold dough over filling to make a square. Press sides together and seal well.
  • Place sealed runzas on a cookie sheet. (you need to leave at least an inch or two between runzas since they will rise. I get 6 runzas on one cookie sheet)
  • Continue process until all dough is used.
  • Allow the runzas to rise 15- 30 minutes. Brush with melted butter and bake for 20-30 minutes at 350 degrees F. or until runzas are golden brown.
  • Remove from oven and serve with mustard on the side. Or you may cool on a rack then freeze for future use. These are great reheated in the microwave.
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Baked to a nice golden brown.   Close
Your finished runza. Yummo!   Close

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  • MistressMaddie 3 years ago
    These look amazing want some now ty!
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  • lovebreezy 5 years ago
    I haven't made these in years, you've inspired me to do so again. Wonderful pictures and history.
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    " It was excellent "
    greekgirrrl ate it and said...
    Your recipes are great! I can't believe I haven't run into one yet after being here for 6 months!
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  • dottiet 6 years ago
    I've had these but they didn't have the seasoning you added. I think I may try them with corned beef and cabbage and some shredded swiss cheese. Kinda like a Ruben bierock. Thanks for the post.
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    " It was good "
    haolewife ate it and said...
    Those all sound good!
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    bitsyskitchen ate it and said...
    Oh yay! Glad you liked them. I made some yesterday for a friend.. Another way to make them is with a barbecue beef or you can add taco seasoning to the ground beef.. Something different..... I've also seen breakfast ones made with eggs and ham or bacon. Havent tried those yet though.
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    haolewife ate it and said...
    I just made finished making these and had my first taste! They are so good! My next batch I'm going to add cheese. Thanks again!
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    bitsyskitchen ate it and said...
    Cool! I hope you enjoy them. We love them here.
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    " It was good "
    haolewife ate it and said...
    Originally I am from Western Nebraska and am so excited to have found this recipe! I can't wait to make them and have a taste of home. Thanks!
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  • mslisa 6 years ago
    Sounds good---different too---I think I'll add some mushrooms
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  • watson2167 7 years ago
    This recipe is so fascinating...i have to try it for sure..thanks so much for sharing....
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    " It was excellent "
    thepiggs ate it and said...
    I've seen the runzas as a Eastern European food. I have been wanting to try them for some time.
    Evidently these are very popular in Nebraska, where they're a main feature at a local chain of restaurants.
    Yummmmm
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    bitsyskitchen ate it and said...
    They are kind of like a pastie and the same idea as far as the miners meals. But a pastie uses beef, potatoes and onions and is made in a pie dough instead. Served with ketchup. I make those too. : )
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  • debra47 7 years ago
    Fascinating recipe. What is the background for the runzas? It sounds like something I see in the bakeries where I live in England called Cornish Pasties. They were originally created so miners could have a nutritious, healthy meal for lunch.
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