Bierocks (German Meat Turnovers) Recipe -
Bierocks (German Meat Turnovers) Recipe
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Bierocks (German Meat Turnovers)

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"Pastry baked with a savory beef, onion, and cabbage filling. This is a recipe from my friend's aunt. She served it during Oktoberfest."

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Original recipe makes 12 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    15 mins
  • COOK

    45 mins

    1 hr


  1. Saute beef, onion and garlic, salt and lemon pepper in a large skillet over medium high heat, until beef is browned. Add cabbage, Worcestershire sauce and caraway seeds. Cook until cabbage is limp; drain liquid from mixture.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  3. On a lightly floured board, roll each loaf of dough into a 12 inch circle. Cut each circle into 6 wedges. Spoon cabbage/beef filling onto center of each dough piece, dividing equally. Pull three points of each wedge up to the center and pinch to seal. Place bierocks on a lightly greased cookie sheet. If desired, brush dough with melted butter or egg wash (1 egg white with 2 tablespoons water).
  4. Bake in preheated oven for 30 minutes, or until golden brown. Serve hot, or wrap and freeze for heating later.
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  • Tip
  • Aluminum foil can be used to keep food moist, cook it evenly, and make clean-up easier.

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Most Helpful Positive Review
Oct 25, 2005

I was surprised that no one had tried using prepared biscuit dough. I made the filling as instructed, but just realized that I left out the salt (fine without it). I had a can of jumbo buttermilk biscuits and also a can jumbo flaky biscuits (8 per can). There was so much filling that I ended up using both cans. I just rolled out a small pizza-sized round about six inches per biscuit, put filling on, folded and crimped them and baked them in the oven for about 15 min., when the tops started to get golden brown. Talk about easy to work with and cooks in half-the-time! Both biscuit doughs were good, but the vote tended toward using the flaky biscuit dough.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jul 23, 2003

Ever in search of the perfect Bierrock recipe, I had to try these even though they were made with frozen dough. I'm not a big fan of frozen dough. The filling was very good nonetheless. The dough left a lot to be desired, which of course, compromised the taste of the bierrock itself. I may try these again with a homemade sweet dough recipe like the authentic 'rocks. Thanks anyway.

Mar 30, 2005

These are *excellent*. They vanish almost instantly at parties. People beg me to make these. I save a ton of time and cleanup when making them by buying the canned Pillsbury "Crusty French Loaf" brand of frozen bread. Instead of being a wad of dough, this bread is packaged as one thin sheet of dough rolled up like a jelly roll. I just unroll it, and voila, perfectly even flat dough ready to go. I just cut it into squares and make filled triangles.

Oct 07, 2002

We first tasted BIEROCKs in Kansas two years ago. At the airport I purchased a Kansas Cookbook just to get the recipe; I haven't found it anyplace else. The book states the recipe was brought to Kansas by the Volga Germans who emigrated from Russia. And are we ever glad they did. I freeze these in foil so our older sons can just grab a few and microwave and eat "on the run." Marian Elizabeth

Aug 29, 2005

Great! This recipe is very similar to what the fast-food chain Runza (in Nebraska) sells as "Runzas," a local favorite. My German grandmother used to make these, as well, and no one ever thought to write it down so it was lost. My only tip is to make sure you drain the meat mixture very well, and that you salt and pepper generously (I omitted the lemon pepper and used black pepper, instead). Definitely brush with butter. Thanks for posting!

Feb 08, 2007

ok so my husband changed this recipe alot when he cooked it, but this was thebase recipe he went off of. the dough - he used thed dough recipe from Pam's Bierocks. The dough turned out amazing. Soft and delicous! He used a chuck steak that he braised with the rest of the spices from the ingredients. Braised it for a few hours. The dough after it was made stayed in the fridge all night. The next day he added the meat after it was shredded to about a cup to a cup and a half of saurkraut and used that as the filling. Was very good. So we changed it quite a bit, but was very good. Just to give you some ideas of what you can do with this recipe. Thanks.

Sep 11, 2003

I made these as appetizers for a surprise birthday party we were giving. I served them with a sweet and hot honey mustard dip. They were a total hit!!

Oct 17, 2002

Family loved these. Very easy to make (once you get the rolling out the dough part down!~). Very inexpensive and filling! A budget lovers dream! Will use a little less worchestshire. Thank you!~


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  • Calories
  • 371 kcal
  • 19%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 39.2 g
  • 13%
  • Cholesterol
  • 45 mg
  • 15%
  • Fat
  • 16.1 g
  • 25%
  • Fiber
  • 3.3 g
  • 13%
  • Protein
  • 15.4 g
  • 31%
  • Sodium
  • 883 mg
  • 35%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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