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Bierock & runza


Reproduced with permission from Recipes from a German Grandma
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German bierocks (also called runzas) are hand-held dinner dishes ..... they are very similar to the Cornish pasty except that they are wrapped more in a bread dough than our familiar pastry.

Retrieved from Wikipedia - Bierock

Bierocks are meat-filled pocket pastries originating in Eastern Europe, possibly in Germany or Russia, as the dish is very common among the Volga German community in the United States. In the U.S. bierocks are found in Kansas, North Dakota, Northwest Oklahoma, and the western states of California, Utah and Montana. The bierock is closely related to the Runza, primarily found in Nebraska. The dish is spelled variously beerock, berrock, bierox and beerrock in the U.S. Typically, the bierock is filled with cooked and seasoned ground beef, shredded cabbage and onions, then oven baked until the dough is golden brown.

Bierocks are close in both name and preparation to the Eastern European Pierogi. There is no doubt that etymologiyally bierock is borrowed from Russian or Ukraninian pirog, or form some other East or West Slavic vernacular.

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Link to a good bierock recipe which also has further information on this German form of the Cornish pasty - HERE. In making the bierock, the ground beef is first fried, then cabbage, onion, garlic, salt, pepper and a little soy sauce is added. This is added to the rolled out dough circle and folded over and sealed. It is then brushed with beaten egg to glaze in the normal way and baked. It sounds like I must try this! There is other information and a series of photos of the process.




Retrieved from Wikipedia - Runza

A runza (also called a bierock) is a yeast dough bread pocket with a filling consisting of beef, cabbage or sauerkraut, onions, and seasonings. They are baked in various shapes such as a half-moon, rectangle, round (bun), square, or triangle. In Nebraska, the runza is usually baked in a rectangular shape. The bierocks of Kansas, on the other hand, are generally baked in the shape of a bun.



Both the bierock and the runza sandwich have German-Russian roots going back to the 18th century. The term bierock comes from the Russian word pirogi or pirozhki and is the name for any food consisting of a filling stuffed into dough. The recipe was passed down from one generation to the next, and was brought to the Midwest of America, and particularly to the states of Kansas and Nebraska, by the Volga Germans.

Originally runzas and bierocks were served to ranch and field workers for lunch. Today bierocks and runzas are enjoyed at any time and can often be found at church fund-raisers and socials in the Kansas and Nebraska area.

Link to a runza recipe

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Acknowledgement: Thanks to Stephen Block for permission to use the bierok photo from the Recipes from a German Grandma page of the The Kitchen web site.

Now you know about pasties or pasty-like dishes from Germany .....


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