Cabbage Burgers (or by my Grandma, rest her soul, Kraut Berok)
1 lg. head cabbage, chopped
2 lg. onions, chopped
Garlic powder to taste
2 lbs. hamburger
Salt, pepper to taste (we prefer LOTS of pepper)
Frozen loaves of bread dough from frozen section at grocery store or better yet, those round frozen dinner rolls from the frozen section.
The night before you want to make the runzas, thaw the frozen bread dough in the fridge. On game day, get up early and follow the directions on the bread package to get the dough to rise. Seems like we fired up the oven to it’s lowest temp, then turned it off, and left the dough in there in a huge bowl. You will be amazed how big the little frozen loaves get. Use three loaves the first time so you’ll have plenty. If memory serves, you might only need 2 for one batch of runzas.
OK, so dough is rising. Chop up your cabbage, place in steamer and cook until tender. You can just use a large covered pot – put an inch or two of water in the bottom and boil until cabbage is done. This smells up your house – sometimes I do it outside. Chop up onion, and brown hamburger with onions and garlic until the hamburger is cooked. Drain grease.
Place all ingredients in a large bowl, add salt and pepper to taste and mix thoroughly. Set aside. Get risen dough out of oven. Make sure you have a clean counter top, and sprinkle down with flour. Tear off a chunk of dough (golfball sized?) and roll into about a 6-8 inch square. You may have to trim the edges – use the trimmed pieces on the next piece. Once you have several squares, get a large spoon, and place a mound of cabbage/hamburger/filling mix in center of square. Fold up each corner and pinch in the middle. Make sure the seams are overlapping, then place seam-side down in a large casserole dish (9x11 or whatever you have). Fill up the dish with more runzas, then bake at 350 degrees until the tops turn lightly brown. Brush with butter as they cook to keep the tops from drying out too much. Let cool. Makes 12 to 15 runzas, if I recall correctly.
Open cold beverage, grab a couple of your superb runza’s, and watch the Huskers kick some rear end.