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Krautburgers Recipe

Did you know Oktoberfest started last weekend?  I had no clue.

I had the silly notion that Oktoberfest started in October. Crazy, I know.

Anyways…in honor of my German heritage (note my big German schnoz!), I baked krautburgers! They’re basically buns stuffed with ground beef and cabbage, kind of like an inside-out hamburger.  But better.

This is yet another recipe from my mom that was a favorite in our household!  We used to make massive batches of these guys and freeze them for easy meals.  I actually scaled this recipe way down, since I wouldn’t have any space in my already-full freezer for 40 krautburgers!

Krautburgers Recipe : So Very Blessed

You can make these even easier by using frozen bread dough instead of making it, but I’m on my make-all-of-our-breads-from-scratch kick right now.  I actually made the dough on a day when I had a lot of time and froze it.  I moved it into the fridge the day before I was baking these and took it out to rise the morning of.

I also decided to go crazy and throw some cheese on top of half the half during the last five minutes of baking time.  It was a good decision that I’ll definitely be repeating in the future.

Also, I love eating these with ketchup.  For most other finger foods, I prefer honey mustard, honey barbecue, or ranch, but these?  These need ketchup.  It’s probably a nostalgic thing, but goodness gracious it’s a tasty combo!

Krautburgers Recipe : So Very Blessed

Aside from the ketchup, I highly recommend eating these alongside warm German Potato Salad (this recipe is fantastic).  Although, soft, warm, hearty, meat-filled buns go pretty well with just about anything…especially on a chilly Fall day when you want your house to smell like freshly baked bread.

Happy Oktoberfest!

Yields 8

Krautburgers
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Ingredients

    For the Filling
  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • 1 Tbs beef base
  • 1/2 c. chopped onions
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 tsp ground pepper
  • 1/4 tsp celery salt
  • 1/4 tsp seasoning salt
  • 1 cup cole slaw mix
  • For the Dough
  • 1/3 cup dry milk
  • 3/4 cup hot water
  • 1 1/2 Tbs butter
  • 1 Tbs sugar
  • 2 tsp yeast
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 egg
  • 2-3 cups flour

Instructions

  1. Add cabbage and cook till wilted.
  2. Mix dough ingredients and knead well. Cover and let rise in warm place till doubled.
  3. Cook beef and onion with seasonings; drain.
  4. Punch down dough; divide into 8 pieces and roll out for krautburgers.
  5. Fill each piece of dough with about 1/2 cup of filling each.
  6. Let rise an hour before baking.
  7. Bake at 325 degrees for 25 minutes. Brush with butter.
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