Recently, our daughter who is a flight attendant brought us a kraut bun that one of her pilots had given her. “Kraut bun” just doesn’t sound very appetizing but I agreed to try it. That began a search for the deliciousness that I began craving!
It didn’t take long to find they are called Bierocks. Just about every recipe was the same. I wanted to make sure it was the authentic German version, so I sent my German friend a message and she confirmed it.
Kraut Buns or Bierocks are a German stuffed dough filled with a savory filling of meat, sauerkraut, and onions.
Brown the ground beef with the onion. Add the allspice, salt, and pepper and mix well. Drain the sauerkraut well and combine it with the beef. Remove from heat and set aside to cool.
Roll out the bread dough into 1/4 inch thickness. Cut squares about 3 or 4 inches square. I tend to be more rustic in my cutting and they are never the same size. Place 2-3 tablespoons of the mixture onto each square. Fold the 4 corners to the center and press to seal them tightly. Place on a lightly greased baking sheet. Let rise for about 30 minutes.
This Bierock recipe will make approximately 14 buns depending on the size you cut your dough. This is a perfect recipe for feeding a crowd.
See? Mine are never the same size or shape!
Bake in a preheated 350-degree oven for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown. Brush with melted butter while they are hot.
Heaven on a plate!
KRAUT BUNS (BIEROCKS)
- 1 1/2 pounds bread dough (one basic loaf) homemade or store-bought
- 1 pound ground beef may substitute venison or pork
- 2 cups sauerkraut, drained homemade or store-bought
- 1 medium onion diced
- 1 teaspoon garlic minced
- 1/4 teaspoon allspice
- salt and pepper to taste
- 2 tablespoons butter, melted for brushing after baking
- In a large saute pan, brown the ground beef and onions.
- Drain the sauerkraut and add to the ground beef along with the garlic, allspice, salt, and pepper. Cook for 3-4 minutes until heated through.
- Drain the ground beef mixture and set aside to cool.
- Roll out the bread dough to about 1/4 inch thick. Using a pizza cutter, cut the dough into 3-4 inch squares.
- Place 2-3 tablespoons of the beef mixture onto each square. Fold the four corners to the center and press the seams together to seal.
- Lightly grease a large baking tray. Place the buns on the tray with an inch or two in between. Let them rise for 30 minutes.
- Bake in a preheated 350-degree oven for 25-30 minutes until golden brown.
- Remove from the oven and brush with melted butter.
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