Saturday, February 23, 2008

Cabbage Pockets

Cabbage Pockets
aka Beerocks

This recipe is my favorite school lunch recipe. Whenever I make these, I'm compelled to serve canned corn and mixed flavor jello squares with them.

The recipe, again, is army portions. These freeze well and are great tasting when reheated in the microwave. After baking and cooling, place on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper and place in freezer for a while. When thoroughly chilled or freshly frozen, repackage into dinner servings or single servings in storage bags. Thaw before reheating and heat until desired temperature, but not so long as to make the bread dough tough.


These are excellent alone or dipped into ketchup and/or mustard (a kid thing).

One of my school friends worked for the school district's lunch program for a few years and was able to give the the "real deal" recipe from the school. My Aunt Mabel taught me how to make this, making the bread paper thin and still strong enough to contain the contents. And yes, Sharon, I'm sure these are the same ones your Granny made, given she lived "just up the street". I grew up in a town where many German immigrants (via the Shenandoah Valley) had moved from and eventually homesteaded in Northeastern Colorado.


Cabbage Pockets

3-1/2 lbs. Lean hamburger
3-6 small onions chopped
2 heads of cabbage

Cook until lightly browned, drain. Add 2 heads of cabbage chopped (discard hard pieces) or sliced (not grated) in the food processor. Add salt and pepper to taste. Cook until cabbage is tender. NOTE: Use two dutch ovens or equivalent. (This can take a few hours)

2 Cups warm water
½ Cup sugar
2 packages dry yeast.
Dissolve for about 10 minutes in a 4 quart bowel. Add 3 Cups flour to make a batter. Let sit 5 minutes. Add 2 beaten eggs, 6 tbls. Butter or margarine, 4 Cups Flour. Blend well, then add 3 teas. Salt. Knead for 15 minutes. Put in greased 4 quart bowl, cover with damp cloth or PAM-ed waxed paper. Put in a warm place let rise until doubled.

Roll dough 1/8” thick and cut into 4”x4” pieces. Add filling and cross corners together. Pinch shut. Flip so the "X" side is down on the baking sheet. Brush with melted butter or margarine. Bake until brown at 375° or 400°. Serves 25

Bottom of cabbage pocket, with corners folded in looks like this:


27 comments:

michdea said...

I grew up in Fort Morgan, Colorado. This looks like what we had for lunch 1X/Week. Loved them~ especially with mustard! Thanks so much.

Teri said...

The recipe is the one from no other than School District RE3, aka Fort Morgan, CO :) Enjoy!

Carolina said...

Thanks for Sharing! I have always wanted this recipe to add to my collection as well as to make! Yummo!

Juew58 said...

Thanks for the recipe! My husband and I both grew up in Fort Morgan and just been remembering the great lunches at Fort Morgan High School, especially the cabbage pockets!

Candie L. l. said...

That's exactly what I have at Frankie's Coffee, where Williams Children Shop was, is now my coffee shop, but decided to have what I call the school lunch menu, cabagge pockets, pigs in a blanket, chili (hotter than the schools) I think my dough receipe is better, softer dough, at least that's what people say.

Candie L L said...

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Jessica said...

Wow! Thanks for posting this recipe for cabbage pockets. My grandma used to make these all the time, but unfortunately when she passed there was no written record of exactly how she made them. I grew up in Fort Morgan (family is still there) but now live in Australia. Meat pies have nothing on cabbage pockets!

lindah007 said...

I also grew up in Fort Morgan and remember cabbage pockets well.. I now live in a German community in the Texas panhandle where they are called Bierox. I am now sixty three and still make them for my family. Linda

Rhonda said...

I grew up in Ft. Morgan, and always looked forward to returning there and having Cabbage Pockets. I havent had one in about 30 years, and was directed to this website. Made them tonight. All I can say is Comfort Food!!! Now if you can only get me the recipe for German Sausage!

Anonymous said...

How wonderful to see how many people remember those wonderful cabbage pockets. We moved to the south where no one has ever heard of them! It just brings back memories of Mrs. Stroh and her wonderful high school lunchroom!

Dawn said...

I love the world wide web. I, too, grew up in Ft. Morgan and have always loved the school lunch cabbage pockets. I have made them many times, but never with the "original" dough recipe. I awoke this morning with a strong craving, googled and voila! Found your website. Thanks for sharing the recipe, I'm cookin' today...

Jan said...

My Mom gave My Aunt this recipe when I was young. My Aunt cooked for the school district in Fort Morgan Colorado. Its Aaasome to see the recipe to well like and wanted.
Jan

Paula A. said...

I grew up in Brush and make these about twice a year. My family is German-Russian and we grew up on these. Brings back great memories of learning how to make them with my grandma!

Anonymous said...

I grew up in FM & have always liked these. Anxious to make them. Thank you for sharing.

Lesli

Nicole P said...

I grew up out in Wiggins and my mom & grandma would make this all the time! :) Must go bake now

ray ray said...

Bobby fray challenge LOL

Anonymous said...

These are awesome to make gluten-free as well..I use Pamela's gluten- free bread mix and follow the sweet bread recipe on the side of bag.. I bake and then remove pockets from oven and brush tops with melted butter..Yum!!!

Anonymous said...

I went to Prairie High School in New Raymer grew up in Stoneham and Lois Fiscus the cook at Prairie used to make devine cabbage pockets they were ever so fluffy. Thanks Lois I will never forget this treat! Gina

Anonymous said...

FT Morgan cafeteria had the best smell, rolls, pizza, and the wonderful Cabbage Pockets. The cooks were the best(67-69). Pockets for my family, there are no leftovers.

Anonymous said...

I grew up in Wiggins and would make Cabbage Pockets all the time with my mom.. especially around Christmas...I love how it fills your house with such a wonderful aroma!

Going to start cooking now...
Mmmm can't wait until they are finished!

Anonymous said...

I just went to school in Fort Morgan for a very very short time and I have the greatest memories of going to the school cafeteria and discovering Cabbage Pockets to be on todays menu! Im hungry now.

Anonymous said...

There was always a long line at the cafeteria on the days they were serving cabbage pockets or pizza. Occasionally I get a craving for cabbage pockets and every time I make them I have to make a big batch for friends here in San Antonio who had never heard of them and are now hooked on them.

Sell Family Member said...

My mother was born and raised in Ft. Morgan. My grandmother used to make cabbage pockets for us. I made this recipe and was instantly taken back to the good ole days when my mom and grandma where still with me. I have many fond memories offing a small child in Ft. Morgan......makes me want to go visit my dear Aunt who still lives there.

Sell Family Member said...

Of Being a small child** not offing

Thomas A. Mayberry said...

One of my favorite recipes from my youth. I am looking forward to making them with you later this week.

Neyma Valdez said...

Can anyone give me the schools recipe for pepperoni dip sticks?

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