Tuesday, January 20, 2009

An Easy Meat Pie

Last night's supper was somewhat of an experiment. I have mentioned that Frugal Village is a great place to find recipes and this was one of them. I did not have all the ingredients the original recipe called for, so I made due with what we had in the refrigerator.

The recipe is called 'Home Made Runza's'. Now I have no clue what a Runza is but according to the recipe's author, it is a meat filled pie found in a restaurant called Runza. They are part of a chain that is found mainly in Nebraska and a few of its surrounding states.

The original recipe called for home made bread dough or you could substitute store bought, frozen dough. I didn't have the store bought dough but I did have a package of Puff Pastry Dough in the freezer that I decided to try.

Here's my recipe:


2 lbs. - Ground Beef
1 medium - Onion, chopped
1/2 lb. - Button Mushrooms, sliced
1 tsp - Salt
1/2 tsp - Pepper
4 ounces - Shredded Cheese, your choice
1 pkg. - Puff Pastry Dough

Brown the ground beef with the onions in a skillet, adding in the salt and pepper. When this is almost done, add in the button mushrooms and let them cook for about five minutes.

Let the meat mixture cool.

Cut your puff pastry dough sheets into halves. This will give you four meat pies.

Once the meat is cool, spoon a few tablespoons onto the dough, leaving enough room for you to seal them together. Add some of the cheese on top of the meat. With your finger, take some water and go around the edges of the dough and seal. (I used a fork to crimp my edges and it worked out great. Nothing leaked out.)

Bake in a preheaded, 350 degree oven for about 25 minutes, or until golden brown.

This made four servings, plus I had meat left over to freeze for the next time.

NOTE: The only complaint we had was that there wasn't enough 'gravy' with the meat mixture. I think the next time I make this dish, I will make it with bread dough and make a thick gravy too. Other than that, it was good and very filling!


Here is the original recipe that I got from 'Domestic Gal' on Frugal Village. Please note that she uses a bread machine to make her dough.


Dough Recipe:

1 1/4 cup - warm milk
1/3 cup - Canola Oil
1/4 cup - Sugar
1 tsp - Salt
3 3/4 cup - Flour
1 pkg - Yeast

*Use the dough cycle of the bread machine. If you use frozen bread dough, let it rise like you are baking bread and then punch down and fill.

Filling Ingredients:

2 lbs - Ground Beef
1 medium - Onion, chopped
1/2 head - Cabbage, chopped
1 tsp - Salt
1/2 tsp - Pepper
Canned Mushrooms, drained (Optional)
Cheese Slices (Optional)

While the bread dough is going, brown the ground beef with the onions. When about half cooked, add the cabbage. Finish cooking until the cabbagge is translucent. Drain and put in the fridge to cool.

When the dough is done, take out the meat mixture, cheese and mushrooms. Punch down the dough and remove it to a floured surface. Pinch off dough and roll into balls a little bigger than a golf ball. (About 14 balls)

Flatten out the ball and put on the floured surface. Roll with a rolling pin until its about 6 or 7 inches in diameter. Put a slice of cheese in the middle of the dough and add some mushrooms. Spoon in some of the meat filling. Wrap them up and turn over on a greased baking sheet.

Let them rest and rise for 30 minutes. Then cook for 35 minutes at 350 degrees F. Brush with butter.

Cool completely and their ready to serve or wrap in plastic wrap and put into a ziploc freezer bag. They can be heated up for 1 to 1 1/2 minutes in the microwave.

If you try this recipe, I would be interested in what version you tried and how you liked it.

Take Care and Stay Warm!


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