Midwestern Meat Pies Recipe
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Midwestern Meat Pies Recipe

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When I moved to the Midwest in 1966, I discovered many ethnic foods that I had never heard of before. One of my friends introduced me to runza, and it quickly became a popular dish with my family.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 35 min. + rising Bake: 20 min.
MAKES:12 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 35 min. + rising Bake: 20 min.
MAKES: 12 servings


  • 4-1/2 cups all-purpose flour, divided
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 packages (1/4 ounce each) active dry yeast
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 pound lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • 2 small onions, chopped
  • 4 cups chopped cabbage
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 each) equals 368 calories, 13 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 56 mg cholesterol, 443 mg sodium, 48 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 14 g protein.


  1. Place 1-3/4 cups flour, sugar, yeast and salt in a large bowl. Heat the milk, water and shortening to 120°-130°. Pour over flour mixture; add the eggs. Beat with an electric mixer on low until blended. Beat 3 additional minutes on high. Stir in the remaining flour; knead until smooth and elastic, about 6-8 minutes.
  2. Place dough in a greased bowl; cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.
  3. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, cook beef and onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Add the cabbage, salt and pepper; cook until cabbage is wilted.
  4. Punch dough down; roll into twelve 6-in. squares. Top each square with 1/3 cup meat mixture. Fold into triangles. Pinch edges tightly to seal, and place on greased baking sheets. Bake at 350° for 20 minutes or until golden brown. Serve hot. Yield: 12 servings.
Originally published as Runza in Country June/July 1992, p51

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Reviewed May. 18, 2013

"I did cut the sugar down to 1/4 cup, but loved these, I cant wait to make again. the dough is so easy to work with, and just so so so good."

Reviewed Apr. 20, 2013

"I first found this Taste of Home recipe on another site with 5 stars and many reviews. That was several years ago, and my family has thoroughly enjoyed it ever since. In fact, I find it even better than the runzas I can purchase in the restaurant. The bread by itself is amazingly good, and the base recipe for the filling is also good enough for 5 stars.

However, I do make some changes to suit my family that we think make it even better. We like the Swiss Mushroom Runzas sold in the restaurant, so I add fresh mushroom to the skillet while browning the meat and onion. I often use a little extra hamburger too, since we like them meaty. I usually double the salt and pepper and add a little garlic powder to give it more kick. And, I add a half can of cream of mushroom soup to help it hold together. I make my dough in the bread machine. When it comes out, I divide it in half and keep dividing until I have 16 balls. Yes, it will make that many! I wanted smaller portions for my kids, and these are still good sized. I roll out each one into a circle in a bit of flour, add a slice of Swiss cheese, and a full 1/3 cup of filling. (I've found that the slice of cheese works better than shredded. It not only helps keep the top smooth, but it also adds some insulation to keep the hot filling from "melting" and tearing the dough. I'd let the filling cool first if you don't use cheese.) Then, I just pull up the sides around the filling, turn it over, lay it on my pan and bake. Delicious! I've also froze these and had good results."

Reviewed Dec. 2, 2012

"The Runza allergen information states there are no eggs in the Original Runza. I haven't used this recipe for that reason."

Reviewed Dec. 2, 2012

"The Runza allergen information states there are no eggs in the Original Runza."

Reviewed Jun. 14, 2012

"This is delicious! Try adding 1-2 cups of grated cheddar cheese. Rolled the dough into circles and folded in half."

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