Bierocks - Old Fashioned Volga German Hamburgers
Bierocks were a staple food item at family gatherings(weddings, reunions, funerals, etc.) in the central Kansas town I was raised. Grandma's recipe for this baked Volga German sandwich has been handed down through the generations. Basically a meat/cabbage mixture filled sweet roll that makes a great main dish, or in smaller sizes, an excellent appetizer. They reheat well, so I tend to make large batches and freeze for quick n easy meals. I have seen recipes across the internet adding shredded cheeses, or heaven forbid-a frozen dough, but the old German ladies never did!!
- SWEET DOUGH:
- 2 cups warm water
- 2 (.25-ounce) packages active dry yeast
- 1/2 cup milk
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup margarine, softened
- 2 eggs
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 8 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 cup shortening
- 1 pound ground beef
- 1 pound German sausage-casings removed
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 medium onion, finely chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 3 tablespoons salt
- 1 1/2 teaspoons lemon pepper
- 2 tablespoons prepared mustard
- 1 head cabbage, shredded (not diced or chopped!)
- 1 cup water
- 1/2 cup melted butter
Preparation time 10mins
Cooking time 80mins
In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Let stand until creamy, about 10 minutes. Mix in milk, sugar, margarine, eggs, salt, baking powder, and 1/2 of the flour. Beat until smooth; add shortening and remaining flour until dough pulls together. Place in oiled bowl. Cover and let rise for 1 hour.
In a large skillet, brown hamburger and sausage together. Drain, saving drippings in the skillet, and set aside.
Add the 2 tablespoons olive oil. Saute onion, garlic, salt, lemon pepper, and mustard for 1 to 2 minutes.
Add the cup of water, cabbage, and meat mixture. Simmer 30 minutes.
Drain any excess fluid. Cool until lukewarm-about the same time it takes the dough to rise.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Coat a cookie sheet with non-stick spray.
Punch down dough and divide (20 pieces for appetizers; 10 pieces for entrees).
Roll each piece of dough into a 1/8-1/4-inch thick square on a lightly floured surface and add filling (2 to 3 tablespoons for appetizers; 4 to 5 tablespoons for entrees).
Fold corners to the center and pinch to seal edges. Place on prepared cookie sheet with pinched edges down. Let rise for 1 hour. If desired, brush dough with melted butter or egg wash (1 egg white with 2 tablespoons water).
Bake in the preheated oven for 15 to 20 minutes, or until golden brown.
Brush with butter (if not already done) and serve warm.
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