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.