Monday, April 1, 2013

C is for Cabbage Burgers

Recipe originally posted in March 2012, I've updated with changes I've tried out this year. MUCH better dough! Faster time too.

I did not invent this recipe, but it is my version of what was given to me. :) Tweaked with the advice of my dear German Grandma, Lydia. The smell of onion cooking takes me right back to her kitchen. this month would have been her 99th birthday. It's been a bit more than 3 years since she left us, and I miss her lots. How else would I have learned to love sauerkraut enough to brave trying it on apples? ;) The following recipe has nothing to do with that. ;)

Cabbage Burgers

 8 cups all-purpose flour (plus 2-3 cups for kneading)
2 tbsp. yeast  [I used SAF Instant, worked wonderfully]
4 tbsp. sugar
2 tbsp. salt
4 cups hot water (120-130 degrees)

mix dry ingredients well and slowly add warm water, until a good dough forms. Knead and add flour as needed (until not sticky) for about 8 minutes and put aside in a warm place to rise for 20 minutes. That's it!

   1 and 1/2 lbs ground beef, browned with
   1 onion diced
season with salt and pepper to taste
   add 6 to 7 cups finely chopped cabbage (1/2 a large head, or one small head)
mix with meat and onion mixture and let cook until only slightly wilted. The cabbage will finish cooking in the oven.

Divide dough in four parts, each rolls out to make 6 squares (make a rectangle and cut). Spoon cabbage mixture in the middle of each square, and pull in the corners of each to make a square pocket. Turn over and let rise in a greased pan until double, then bake at 350 until golden brown.

A variation my husband loves, is to omit the meat and cook the cabbage with lots of black pepper, until it is completely caramelized. Then wrap with dough and bake as above. Very yummy, very spicy. Something akin to Hungarian Cabbage Strudel, which I also plan to try sometime in the future. But that is another post all-together. :)

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  1. Sounds like a yummy sandwich! Does it taste kind of like a Runza? (I see you are living in Nebraska, which is why I ask...I haven't had one of those in years, but it is something I remember eating on trips through Nebraska when I was younger). Visiting you today from the "Blogging through the Alphabet" linky! :-)

    1. Yes, just like a runza! <3 those! Thanks for dropping in!

  2. Can you please come cook for me??


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