Runsas (Beef and Cabbage Buns with Cheese)

Runsas (Beef and Cabbage Buns with Cheese)

SECRET INGREDIENT: Sweetened condensed milk in the dough.

Serves 8

Don’t overcook the cabbage-you want it to provide some crunch when you bite into these sandwiches.

3/4 cup warm water (110 degrees)
1/2 cup sweetened condensed milk
1/4 cup vegetable oil
2 tablespoons sugar
1 large egg
3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour , plus extra for rolling out dough
2 packages instant or rapid-rise yeast
1 teaspoon salt

3 tablespoons unsalted butter , 2 tablespoons melted
1 1/2 pounds 90-percent lean ground beef
1 large onion , chopped fine
1/2 small head cabbage , chopped (about 3 cups)
Salt and pepper
8 slices deli American cheese

  1. For the dough: Lightly grease large bowl with cooking spray. Mix water,
    sweetened condensed milk, oil, sugar, and egg in large measuring cup. Mix
    flour, yeast, and salt in bowl of standing mixer fitted with dough hook.
    With mixer on low, add water mixture. After dough comes together, increase
    speed to medium and mix until shiny and smooth, 4 to 6 minutes. Turn dough
    out onto heavily floured work surface, shape into ball, and place in greased
    bowl. (To make dough by hand: Combine dry ingredients in large bowl, make
    well in center of dry ingredients, add wet ingredients, and mix with wooden
    spoon until shaggy dough forms. Turn dough out onto heavily floured work
    surface and knead until shiny and smooth, about 10 minutes.) Cover bowl with
    plastic wrap and let rest in warm place until doubled in size, about 1 hour.

  2. For the filling: Melt 1 tablespoon butter in large skillet over
    medium-high heat. Add beef and cook until just beginning to brown, about 6
    minutes, breaking up any large clumps. Using slotted spoon, transfer beef to
    paper towel-lined plate.

  3. Pour off all but 2 tablespoons fat from pan. Add onion and cook until
    softened, about 3 minutes. Add cabbage and toss until just beginning to
    wilt, 2 to 4 minutes. Return beef to pan and season with salt and pepper.

  4. To assemble and bake: Adjust oven racks to the upper-middle and
    lower-middle positions and heat oven to 350 degrees. Coat 2 baking sheets
    with cooking spray. Divide dough into 8 equal pieces. Working on lightly
    floured work surface, roll each piece of dough into 7-inch circle. Place one
    dough round in deep cereal bowl and top with one slice of cheese. Spoon 3/4
    cup filling over cheese and pinch edges of dough together to form bun.
    Transfer bun, seam side down, to prepared baking sheet. Repeat with
    remaining dough, cheese, and filling, placing 4 buns on each baking sheet.
    Cover buns with plastic wrap and let rise until puffed, about 20 minutes.

  5. Bake buns until golden brown, about 20 minutes, switching and rotating
    position of baking sheets halfway through baking time. Brush buns with
    melted butter and serve.

Source: Cooks Illustrated