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This is an old German recipe handed down from generation to generation, using foods grown or raised on the family farm. I remember helping my grandmother make these when I could barely see over the kitchen table!—Ellen Batt, Hoisington, Kansas
24 ServingsPrep: 30 min. + rising Bake: 30 min.


  • DOUGH:
  • 10 to 11 cups all-purpose flour, divided
  • 1 package (1/4-ounce) active dry yeast
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2-1/2 cups water
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup butter, cubed
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 pounds ground turkey or beef
    With Johnsonville Italian Sausage.

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  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground white pepper
  • 2 pounds shredded cabbage, cooked and drained


  • For dough, in a large bowl, combine 4 cups of flour, yeast, sugar and
  • salt; mix well and set aside.
  • In a saucepan, heat water, milk and butter just until butter melts.
  • Remove from heat and cool to 120°-130°. Combine with flour
  • mixture; add eggs. Using an electric mixer, blend at low speed until
  • moistened then beat at medium speed for 3 minutes. By hand,
  • gradually stir in enough remaining flour to make a firm dough.

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  • Knead on a floured surface about 10 minutes. Place in a greased bowl,
  • turning once to grease top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until
  • doubled, about 1 hour. Punch dough down; let rise again until almost
  • doubled.
  • Meanwhile, for the filling, brown beef with onion, salt and pepper;
  • drain. Mix together with cabbage; set aside. Divide the dough into
  • fourths. Roll each piece into a 15-in. x 10-in. rectangle. Cut into
  • 5-inch squares. Spoon 1/3 to 1/2 cup filling onto each square. Bring
  • the four corners up over the filling; pinch together to seal. Repeat
  • with remaining dough and filling. Place on greased baking sheets.
  • Bake at 375° for 30 minutes or until brown. Yield: 24 servings.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 each) equals 323 calories, 9 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 48 mg cholesterol, 475 mg sodium, 47 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 14 g protein.