19 March 2011

Homemade Runzas

So I finally did it. After 5 years living in Colorado nowhere near a Runza I finally made my own homemade Runzas!

At work, we usually have a little pot-luck about once a month so we had one on St. Patrick's Day to celebrate. My friend Gerri, a fellow Nebraska native, convinced me that Runzas were easy to make and that I should prepare them for 12 people. So I did.

Little did I know what an undertaking this was. They turned out to be delicious and everyone on my team was raving about my "credenzas" or "garbanzos" or whatever they were called.

I won't claim the recipe since I found it online, here's the link...

Let me just say that this was the first time I have ever prepared a recipe that calls for lard so I was a little hesitant. It calls for a half cup of lard and it does make quite a bit (about 12 runzas and I made a casserole with the scraps)

The dough was surprisingly the easiest part, although my trusty KitchenAid mixer did most of the work.

Here's the before and after of the dough. It's a yeast dough so I was just giddy with excitement to see what It looked like after rising!

Dough, before and after

The most time consuming part was chopping up all of the onions and cabbage and by the time I had to put them together I was pretty much over it. The dough isn't very easy to work with and it's difficult to seal the Runzas so they don't pop open when they bake.

Therefore I have decided that I will only make them again if the Pope or Bear Grylls are coming to dinner.

All in all they took about 3 hours so this does not qualify for an easy weeknight dinner but it is faster than driving back to Nebraska.


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  1. They look delicious! These are Brad's specialty...he's loves making them. And that's fine by me, because it is definitely time consuming. In fact, when he made them for our Christmas party, he had enough time while making them to get drunk! How amazing! :)

  2. Yeah those were good! I will let Brad be the official Runza maker of the bunch! I wish I would have gotten drunk making them.

  3. I thought Brad's runzas were especially good. When I make them, I combine my mom's bread dough recipe and Kait's meat recipe. I'll try to post it sometime on my blog. It's not too hard, but definitely time consuming! Yours look delicious.

  4. I would love to try that! Two AWESOME cooks right there!