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They were my father's designated birthday meal when I was growing up, and later they became the treat I took to Boys who were away at college. These little cabbage-filled bread packets freeze beautifully and my sons have reported that they go from freezer to breakfast in a microwaved 30 seconds. Also, they don't require cutlery or a plate so no dinnerware is dirtied in the eating of this meal, and that's pretty much a home run in college apartments.
Boy#2 has been home for a few days and asked me to teach him how to make bierocks. I've been sadly remiss in passing along what few culinary secrets I know, so today I'm going to share my most important kitchen secret, which is:
When I cook, I cheat.
In the kitchen I take every available shortcut, use every convenience, and avoid any actual work. So here's my recipe for Bierocks A La MomQueenbee.
First, start with an actual recipe from an actual reputable source. In the case of bierocks, this one.
Then where it has the first list of eight ingredients, and the first set of directions that involve measuring and checking milk temperature and waiting for the yeast to proof and mixing and kneading 10 minutes and letting the dough rise and punching it down and letting it rise again? Cross all of that out and buy a five-pack of frozen bread dough.
Then buy a three-pound package of hamburger. Do a double-take at the price. HAMBURGER COSTS $5 PER POUND, PEOPLE. HOW CAN THIS BE TRUE? While you are marveling at what the world is coming to, throw some pre-shredded cabbage in your shopping cart. Three pounds of this, too, and do not make the same mistake as I did in thinking each package was a pound. It may not be, and you will roll your eyes at your own slapdashedness when you have to do math and figure out how many ounces short of three pounds you have.
Then put a couple of inches of water in the bottom of the biggest saucepan you have and bring that water to a boil. Dump in the cabbage. (Yes, all three pounds. That's why I wanted you using the biggest saucepan you have.) Put a lid on it and let it steam for a couple of minutes. Take it off the heat before the water all boils away; the smell of burning cabbage is unpleasant.
Okay, this recipe is getting longer than Sunday's sermon (which, wow) so I'm going to condense and abridge:
1. Roll one of slabs of bread dough into a 10"x 20" rectangle. It will look more like an amoeba than a rectangle because bread dough is stretchy, but that's okay. Use a pizza cutter to cut it into five-inch squares. (One long cut down from short end to short end, half and half again from long side to long side. Math WORKS, people.)
2. Use your medium sized ice cream scoop to put plops of the
3. Put a dozen or so of these little bundles on a parchment-lined baking pan, then bake at 375 degrees for 30 minutes. Repeat repeat repeat until you are out of dough or filling and all are baked.
4. Eat. Or freeze. Or give away. Whatever. They're yours.
And this is why I'm not a food blogger. I have totally run out of oomph toward the end of this recipe, and this was the simplified version. It's a good thing I cheat or the recipe might have gone on forever.
But the bierocks? They won't last that long.