Runza Casserole Recipe
Allow yourself to be transported to the heart of the Midwest with the comforting and savory embrace of Runza Casserole, a cherished dish that emanates from the culinary traditions of Nebraska. Inspired by the much-loved Runza sandwich, this casserole intertwines the robust flavors of seasoned ground beef, cabbage, onions, and a generous layer of cheese, all nestled within the tender layers of flaky crescent roll dough. It’s not just a meal; it’s a warm, hearty hug in casserole form, bringing the quintessential warmth and flavors of the Midwest straight to your dining table.
Enhance Your Runza Casserole Experience with These Delightful Sides:
- Side Salad: Elevate your meal with a crisp green salad, adorned with a zesty vinaigrette, to provide a crisp, refreshing counterpoint to the casserole’s rich, savory notes.
- Roasted Vegetables: Consider accompanying your casserole with a colorful medley of roasted vegetables like carrots, Brussels sprouts, or potatoes, introducing a nourishing and flavorful companion to your meal.
- Mashed Potatoes: Indulge in the velvety smoothness of creamy mashed potatoes, a side that lovingly complements the robust, hearty fillings of the casserole.
Crafting Your Runza Casserole:
- 1 pound ground beef
- 1 small onion, chopped
- 1/2 head of cabbage, finely shredded
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- 2 cans (8 ounces each) refrigerated crescent roll dough
- 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
- Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C).
- In a large skillet over medium heat, brown the ground beef, breaking it apart with a spatula as it cooks. Once it’s browned, remove any excess fat.
- Add the chopped onion to the skillet with the cooked beef and sauté for a few minutes until the onion becomes translucent.
- Stir in the shredded cabbage, salt, and black pepper. Continue to cook for about 5-7 minutes or until the cabbage wilts and becomes tender. Remove from heat.
- Unroll one can of crescent roll dough and press it into the bottom of a greased 9×13-inch baking dish to form the bottom layer.
- Spread the beef and cabbage mixture evenly over the crescent roll layer.
- Sprinkle one cup of shredded cheddar cheese evenly over the beef and cabbage.
- Unroll the second can of crescent roll dough and place it over the cheese layer, pressing the edges to seal with the bottom layer of dough.
- Sprinkle the remaining one cup of shredded cheddar cheese on top.
- Bake in the preheated oven for about 25-30 minutes, or until the casserole is golden brown and bubbly.
- Remove from the oven and let it cool for a few minutes before slicing.
– You can customize the filling by adding a bit of Worcestershire sauce or hot sauce for extra flavor.
– Feel free to serve this hearty Runza Casserole with the suggested sides like a side salad, roasted vegetables, or mashed potatoes to complete your Midwest-inspired meal.