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Bierocks, right out of the oven
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Bierocks or Runzas

You can use any meat for your bierocks, and you can either grind the meat or dice it. I prefer to use both shredded cabbage and sauerkraut here, but you can use one or the other if you like. My seasonings reflect the Eastern European tradition of these buns, but you can play with it if you'd like. Once made, bierocks will keep in the fridge for a week, and are good cold. 
Prep Time2 hrs 30 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time2 hrs 55 mins
Course: Snack
Cuisine: Polish
Keyword: baking
Servings: 8 people
Calories: 452kcal
Author: Hank Shaw



  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1 packet of yeast
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • ¼ cup room temperature butter
  • 3 1/2 cups bread flour, plus more for dusting


  • 1 pound tender meat, diced small (see above)
  • ¼ cup butter
  • 2 cups shredded cabbage
  • 1 cup chopped sauerkraut
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • Salt and black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 tablespoon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons malt vinegar
  • ¼ cup beer (lager or pilsner)


  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten, for brushing the bierocks
  • 2 tablespoons seeds (poppy, caraway, sesame, etc)


  • Bloom the yeast in the warm water for 10 minutes, then mix all the remaining dough incredient together in a bowl. Knead on a floured surface for 5 minutes, then cover and let rest 1 hour.
  • Make the filling. Heat the butter in a large pan and cook the cabbage, sauerkraut and onions over medium heat until soft, about 5 minutes. Add salt and black pepper to taste. Stir in the thyme, mustard, vinegar and beer and simmer until the liquid is all gone. Turn off the heat, and, when this is cool, mix well with the uncooked meat. Set in the fridge.
  • After the first hour has elapsed, punch down the dough, knead a few more times, then roll into a ball, cover and let sit another hour.
  • When the dough has about 30 minutes to go, take the filling out of the fridge. It is important that it goes into the bierock at room temperature. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Grease a baking sheet well.
  • Cut the dough into eight pieces. Set the pieces you are not working on under plastic wrap or a damp towel. Divide the filling into eight parts, too.
  • Roll a piece of dough into a ball, then flatten it to about 1/3 of an inch thick. Roll the outer inch of the dough thinner, to about ¼ inch thick or even thinner if you can – this makes what will become the bottom of the pastry match better with the top. Add some filling and bring the dough up all around it to seal. Set the dough seam side down on a floured surface and gently shape it into a flattened ball with your hands. Set on the greased baking sheet and repeat with the other pieces of dough.
  • When all your bierocks are made and on the sheet, paint them all with egg and sprinkle with the seeds, plus a little more salt.
  • Bake for 25 minutes, and cool a bit before serving. These are excellent at room temperature, too.


Calories: 452kcal | Carbohydrates: 50g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 140mg | Sodium: 589mg | Potassium: 347mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 461IU | Vitamin C: 10mg | Calcium: 43mg | Iron: 3mg