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Looking for places to find bierocks in Kansas. I've never had a bierock, in fact I just learned of them tonight, they sound interesting.
I hear they are similar to a Runza, which I have had. Any recs would be appreciated, thanks.

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  1. I've only seen them once on a menu in Kansas City. It was a daily lunch special at You Say Tomato. I had fun chatting up the owner about their origin as I suspected he must have grown up in a German community in western Kansas to know of them. I can't give you specifics, but most small, rural towns with a German or Mennonite heritage will know what you are talking about. I don't know if you can find them in a restaurant, but try local delis or bakeries. Also keep your eye out for any German heritage festivals. I get my fix once a year in Darrouzett, Texas -- just south of western Kansas. My mom can get them throughout the year from someone in the community.

    Also, Cooking Light ran a recipe for bierocks a few years back. Let me do a little research... January 2004. There was a feature article about the people, the food, the culture, etc.

    Good luck! I'd love to know if you find some.

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    1. re: larkspurKC

      LarkspurKC, I almost fell out of my chair when I read Darrouzett. That is where I learned about bierocks. We lived there in 62-63ish. Wow, no one EVER knows where that is.

    2. Topeka Farmer's Market has them every Saturday.... they're usually across the way from my honey lady. I love them for breakfast on Farmer's Market days when I'm home to see my parents!

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      1. re: Katie Nell

        They also have them every year at the Apple Festival in Topeka at Ward Meade (Oct. 7th this year). http://www.topeka.org/parksrec/wardme...

      2. I believe Friendship House in Wamego has them also. Not sure if they have them every day or not. We pick them up sometimes on the way to KSU football games. They are a block east of the main street that runs through town, across from the big park with the windmill.

        Also, if you are close to Topeka, my church has an annual Germanfest the first weekend of June and we definitely have bierocks there. You might try your local Dillons store as well...I have seen them there from time to time.

        1. I ate a bierock at The Breadbasket in Newton, KS, several years ago, but am not sure they are still in business. They are still listed on the Newton Chamber of Commerce web site (http://www.thenewtonchamber.org/compo...), but their old web site now seems to be a search site for baskets.

          Bierocks seem to be progenitors of the runza.

          Newton is more than a small town (2000 population 17,190) but certainly is a Mennonite center.

          The Breadbasket
          219 North Main Street
          Newton, KS 67114
          Phone: (316) 283-3811
          Fax: (316) 283-3650

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          1. re: Eldon Kreider

            The Breadbasket is still in business and still have bierocks as far as I know, but to tell you the truth, i have only had their german buffet--which is very yummy.

          2. Here's a place in St. Francis who sells and ships them. http://beckysbierocks.com/ I've also heard there's a Runza restaurant in Lawrence on Iowa, near 27th, I think, but I've never been. I don't know if they'd have the variation you're looking for, but kind of doubt it. You might give them a call, though. Another idea would be to call the German meat market on Johnson Drive and ask if they know of someone who makes and sells them locally.

            1. Bierocks! I forgot to mention these as a favorite elementary school dish! Love and make em now and then.

              1. They occur in n.e. Oklahoma also, yum. I have never seen one commercially made, just home cooks. I've made them a couple of times from a student teacher's grandma's recipe, they are very simple and delicious. good luck!

                1. My limited searching has only found the Runza Drive In in Lawrence and The Breadbasket in Newton. Hopefully, The Breadbasket is still open. I am planning on eating there in about four weeks.

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                  1. re: Milt

                    The Breadbasket is still open (I drove by this morning and there's an open sign in the window). I would recommend their German buffet with all the Mennonite classics. Also another place that you can find bierocks in Newton is Druber's the local Daylight donuts place, they have them during lunch or frozen to take with you.

                    Good Luck.

                    1. re: colamb

                      We ate the evening German buffet at The Breadbasket on Saturday, June 2. We had only been there for lunch before. What a find! My wife, who doesn't particularly care for sauerkraut, said this was the best she had ever eaten - and her family background is Mennonite. There were too many delicious choices to get to indulge myself as totally as I would have liked. I left absolutely stuffed. The sausages, the kraut, the German potato salad, the cherry mousse dessert, the homemade bread were all wonderful. The buffet is served Friday and Saturday evenings and Sunday mid-day only. It is worth going a few miles out of your way for this food. We drove over an hour from Abilene - and will likely do it again on our next trip.

                  2. You may want to try the Turkish Mediterranean Market on Metcalf and 75th(?)

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                    1. re: Aaron Deacon

                      Not sure if you saw this other thread, but you should check it out

                      http://www.chow.com/digest/2632

                      1. re: heatherkay

                        I hadn't, thanks, but that's the connection I was making. A little different, for sure, but still in the same family. Also different, though dough-wrapped cousins, I suppose, to the dumpling/pierogi/ravioli family.

                        Cheers,

                        Aaron

                      1. Have any of you seen butter balls when you've ran across bierocks? They are a soup dumpling made with toasted bread crumbs, milk and butter. My family traditionally prepared them with noodles in a chicken broth.

                        1. M&M Bierock
                          2065 E Central
                          Wichita, KS 67214

                          (316) 262-6263

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                          1. re: llsavp

                            M&M Bierock is really good. I think there are 2 Bierock places in Wichita. One is on the west side, I thought they were owned by the same family.

                            1. re: llsavp

                              Glad you metnioned this. It's been 14 years since I lived in Wichita and I thought there was a place there that was just called Bierock, but I didn't want to mention it for fear I had only dreamed it.

                            2. Dan the Bierock Man will be serving them, along with brats, at Holy-Field Winery's Oktoberfest, Sat., Oct. 13, 1-5pm (www.holyfieldwinery.com).

                              1. I just saw notice in the DeSoto Explorer that bierocks will be among the festival food at DeSoto Days next weekend. They apparently sold out last year, so you might want to come early if you're hoping for a bierock. It's the 150 year anniversary of the little town, so I'd expect good attendance.

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                                1. re: amyzan

                                  I looked at the article again, more carefully, and it says the bierocks concession will be on Saturday, the first of September. It's sponsored by the United Methodist church, which is the one on Kill Creek Road, I think, if you want to call and ask questions.

                                  1. I am from the town that is FAMOUS for thier Bierocks. Hays, Kansas.

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                                    1. re: forensicdarling

                                      forensicdarling,

                                      Are you familiar with the current Hays food scene? Is Professor's the best place in town to entertain a client?

                                      1. re: jm054

                                        I lived in Hays as a kid and go back frequently to visit family.

                                        I would recommend Gella's (http://www.lbbrewing.com/) in downtown Hays. It is half restaurant/half brewery. All the food I have had has been great - a lot of the food is variations of the regional german food. The beer is fantastic. If you go, order the grebble to start - it is essentially fried bread - so simple but so good.

                                        1. re: friednoodlesandbeans

                                          Your's is the second stron rec I have had for Gella's, I need to sop there the next time I am in town.

                                      2. re: forensicdarling

                                        I second that. Hays is the place to go for Volga German food.
                                        Schilleci’s Bakery makes good bierocks every day. Like all bierocks, they are best straight from the oven.

                                        Schilleci’s Bakery
                                        1103 E. 27th
                                        Hays, KS 67601
                                        785-625-9009

                                      3. I know that the Bierocks places in Wichita are long gone. I use to go there along time ago! There is a German Restaurant in Paola KS called Beethovan's. They have Bierocks! I'm makeing some for St. Paddy's Day this year!

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                                        1. re: btrswttx00

                                          I don't remember seing Bierocks on the menu at Beethovan's. Do they do them as a special or did I just miss seing them?

                                          Their food is very good!

                                          http://www.kansastravel.org/beethoven...

                                        2. Made From Scratch in WIlson, Kansas has them.

                                          I've had them two or three other places as well, including Becky's Bierocks who sells them at special events like the Kansas Sampler Festival. But I have never had one that made me want a second one.

                                          1. Go to a restaurant called Made From Scratch in Wilson, KS--incidentally the "Czech Capital" of Kansas! Annual Czech Festival is July 24-25 in Wilson-annual Czech parade is Saturday morning.
                                            Czech Festival 2009

                                            Hungry… Browsing…

                                            DOWNTOWN ALS BAR & GRILL (No. 4 on map) Stop by Historic Wooden Water Tower next to Simple Haven B & B Grill open (No. 25 on map)

                                            10 am – 9 pm Fri & Sat

                                            Historic Main Street

                                            MADE FROM SCRATCH RESTAURANT (No. 28 on map)

                                            Open at 7:00 am – Have the Best Homemade Food Downstairs at the Opera House (No. 12 on map) will be Czech cookbooks,

                                            Bierock, Kolaches, Kase Noodles, Pies, Ice Cream, art work, and kolaches for sale and arts & crafts upstairs.

                                            Hamburgers and Lots More

                                            Stop at the Arts & Crafts Show in the Lions Club Park (No. 5 on map)

                                            SINCERELY YOURS (No. 23 on map) and view the handmade items.

                                            Kolaches, Cinnamon Rolls, Hoska

                                            Visit the Wilson Czech Opera Museum (No. 12 on map)

                                            STOP 2 SHOP (No. 9 on map) Open 1 to 6 pm Friday and 11 am to 6 pm Saturday

                                            Eat In or Carry Out – Hot Deli, Pizza, & Specialty Chicken

                                            Order Just What You Want Old City Round Jail – behind Senior Center (No. 18 on map)

                                            THE SNACK SHACK (No. 13 on map) NEW Playground and Spray Park (No. 16 on map)

                                            Burgers, Shakes and everything in between

                                            P CAT Thrift Store (No. 10 on map)

                                            … Serving Saturday Only …

                                            Visit the Chamber of Commerce office for

                                            ST. WENCESLAUS PARISH (No. 29 on map) Souvenirs of Wilson (No. 1 on map)

                                            Czech Style Buffet – Saturday Noon Only

                                            Official Beer Garden 25th & Ave D (No. 20 on map)

                                            KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS (No. 29 on map) Sponsored by Wilson Chamber of Commerce

                                            5 to 7 pm – Fried Chicken Buffet at the Parish Hall Open Fri 5:00 – 6:30 pm and 8:00 – 10:00 pm

                                            Sat after the parade – 5:00 pm

                                            SENIOR CENTER (No. 19 on map)

                                            Saturday only KRSL Russell Radio is the Official Czech Festival Radio Station

                                            6 to 9 am – Breakfast Buffet

                                            WILSON CZECH OPERA HOUSE (No. 12 on map)

                                            Czech Meal- Saturday 11:00 am (Served Downstairs)

                                            Visit the Museum – Proceeds Benefit Opera House

                                            AMERICAN LEGION HALL POST #262 (No. 11 on map)

                                            Saturday – 11:00 am to ?? BBQ Rib Dinner, Hot Dogs

                                            1:00 – 3:00 pm – Live Music by Bob Boatright

                                             

                                            Czech for Activities throughout the Festival in the Park!

                                            FRIDAY July 24, 2009

                                            2:30 pm-----ANNUAL STATE MEETING, KANSAS CZECHS, INC Bob Malir Opera House

                                            Organized by interested Czechs in 1967 for the purpose of perpetuating Czech Culture in food, music, art and language.

                                            4:00 – 8:00 pm - ARTS & CRAFTS Lions Club Park

                                            5:00 – 10:00 pm – MOONWALKS FOR FUN Ave D

                                            Sponsored by Deep Creek Construction LLC, Klassy Kuts, Sincerely Yours, & Wilson Family Foods

                                            5:00 – 10:00 pm – BARREL RIDES FOR KIDS Sponsored by Wilson PRIDE Ave D

                                            5:00 – 6:30 pm - DAVE SALMONS BAND OFFICIAL BEER GARDEN 25th and Ave D

                                            Sponsored by Foster Mortuary, Klassy Kuts, & Wilson Communications

                                            5:00 - 11:00 pm - OFFICIAL BEER GARDEN Ave D

                                            6:00 - 6:55 pm – KRSL RUSSELL RADIO POLKA PARTY with Carol McKenna Lions Club Park

                                            6:30 - 9:30 pm - SUMMER SLAM 3 ON 3 BASKETBALL Coordinated by Mike Spears & Dave Stoppel WHS Practice Gym

                                            6:30 pm - FLAG RAISING CEREMONY by American Legion Post #262 Lions Club Park

                                            7:00 - 8:00 pm – BAND / MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT Lions Club Park

                                            7:00 pm – ICE CREAM SOCIAL Homemade Ice Cream and Cakes Lions Club Park

                                            Coordinators Wilson Lions Club, American Family Insurance & DeAnne Hoch

                                            8:00 pm - CZECH DANCERS Sound by KRSL..… Coordinated by Shawn Hellebust & Melanie Passmore Lions Club Park

                                            8:00 - 10:00 pm - DAVE SALMONS OFFICIAL BEER GARDEN 25th & Ave D

                                            Sponsored by Foster Mortuary, Klassy Kuts, & Wilson Communications

                                            9:00 pm -12:00 am - KARAOKE Downtown Als

                                            SATURDAY July 25, 2009

                                            All Day- MENS SOFTBALL POOL PLAY Coordinators – Joe & Corie Soukup and Travis Weinhold Jellison Park

                                            8:00 am - CZECH RUN OR WALK (begin at City Hall) Coordinated by Tony Brokes 24th and Ave E

                                            Sponsored by Golden Living Center- Wilson & Aegis Therapy (affliated with Golden Living Center- Wilson)

                                            8:00 am - 5:00 pm - ARTS & CRAFT SHOW Lions Club Park

                                            8:00 am - FLEA MARKET This event will continue throughout afternoon corner 27th and Ave D

                                            8:30 - 9:30 am - LEGISLATIVE COFFEE & KOLACHES (FREE) Kolaches by Made From Scratch Senior Center

                                            9:00 am - _______________________ In front of City Hall – Main Street

                                            9:00 am - CZECH DANCERS Coordinated Melanie Passmore & Shawn Hellebust In front of bank parking lot- Main Street

                                            9:15 am - TWIRLERS AND DANCERS Coordinated Melanie Passmore & Shawn Hellebust In front of bank parking lot- Main Street

                                            10:00 am - PARADE – Theme “Watch Us Shine In 2009” Grand Marshal Bill & Joyce Podlena Ave E- Main Street

                                            One of the Largest Small Town Parades in Kansas---Directors Jane Galliart & Jennifer Schoenhofer

                                            Sponsored by Stop 2 Shop, Simple Haven B & B, Wilson Communications, Dr Dennis & Jennifer Kepka

                                            FOLLOWING PARADE – 5:00 pm - DAVE SALMONS BAND Various sponsors Official Beer Garden 25th & Ave D

                                            10:00 am – Mid-Day – DINNER Served in various locations around town (see opposite page)

                                            11:00 am - 1:00 pm - COUNTRY STORE Sponsored by Altar Society Catholic Parish Hall

                                            11:30 am - 4:30 pm - ARTS & CRAFTS INSIDE Opera House

                                            11:30 am - 5:00 pm - PETTING ZOO Richard Wolfe, Russell KS Legion Park

                                            11:30 am - 1:00 pm - STAMP CANCELLATION Designed by Eleanor Hunter & Gordon Mai / Coordinated by Joanne Borell Senior Center

                                            12:00 - 1:00 pm - TURTLE RACES Bring your own turtle Coordinated by Sincerely Yours In front of Sincerely Yours- Main Street

                                            12:00 - 5:00 pm - LEMONADE STAND & WATER GAMES Coordinated by Yoked Parish Youth Presbyterian Church

                                            12:00 - 6:00 pm - MOONWALKS FOR FUN Sponsored by KC Enterprises Inc., Wilson State Bank & Foster Mortuary Ave D

                                            12:00 - 5:00 pm - BARREL RIDES FOR KIDS Sponsored by Wilson PRIDE Ave D

                                            12.00 - 3:00 pm - ANTIQUE AND CLASSIC TRACTOR SHOW Coordinated by Jim Patry & Gary Kraus North of Longfellow Corners

                                            12:30 - 2:00 pm - CZECH EGG PAINTING DEMONSTRATION Christine Slechta Opera House

                                            1:00 pm - ??? - CO-ED SAND VOLLEY BALL TOURNAMENT Coordinated by Rosemary Dietz Jellison Park

                                            1:00 pm - ??? – SMOKY HILL MUD RUN- CMBA Coordinated & Sponsored by Napanee Powell & Shelly Whitmer 2 miles West of Wilson on Hwy 40

                                            1:00 - 3:00 pm - LIVE MUSIC BY BOB BOATRIGHT American Legion Hall

                                            1:00 - 3:00 pm - ARTS & CRAFTS Demonstrations Kansas Originals Market

                                            1:00 pm - TRACTOR PULL (PEDAL PULL) FOR CHILDREN North of Longfellow Corners

                                            Sponsored by AGCO Inc- Russell, Dorrance & Susank, Carrico Implement, KanEquip Inc, Reliant Roofing LLC, & World Pest

                                            1:30 pm - 2009 WILSON OLYMPICS Coordinated by Russ Koeningsman, Travis & Tonya Weinhold North of Longfellow Corners

                                            2:00 pm - BINGO Knights of Columbus Catholic Parish Center

                                            2:00 pm - WATERMELON EATING CONTEST Coordinated by ______________________ Beer Garden 25th & Ave D

                                            3:00 pm - CZECH QUEEN PAGENT Coordinated by Lynn Kasper Opera House

                                            3:00 – 6:00 pm – RECKLESS REBELLION UNPLUGGED BAND Downtown Als

                                            4:00 pm - OPEN HORSESHOE TOURNAMENT Sponsored by Alan Reeves and Dr. Dennis & Jennifer Kepka Jellison Park

                                            4:00 pm - POLKA MASS Dave Salmons Band St. Wenceslaus Church

                                            5:00 - 7:00 pm - CHICKEN DINNER Knights of Columbus Catholic Parish Hall

                                            6:00 - 9:00 pm - SHAWN COLE BAND Downtown Als

                                            7:00 pm – WATCH ‘EM SHINE HOME TALENT SHOW Coordinated by Wilson State Bank employees Lions Club Park

                                            Sound by Florian Audio-Visual ………… Sponsored by Wilson Communications

                                            8:00 - 12:00 pm - FREELANCE BAND Sponsored by Reliant Roofing LLC & the Wilson Chamber of Commerce Opera House

                                            8:30 - 11:30 pm - TEEN DANCE Stop 2 Shop Parking Lot

                                            8:30 - 11:30 pm - DANCE WITH DAVE SALMONS BAND Sponsored by Wilson Chamber of Commerce Catholic Parish Hall

                                            9:00 pm -1:30 am - RUSSELL LEE LOVENSTEIN & REVELRY BAND Downtown Als

                                            10:45 pm - RAFFLE DRAWING- Need not be present to win Catholic Parish Hall

                                            Prizes- Beef Bundle (provided by Wilson Family Foods),

                                            Chamber bucks, and a Flat Screen HDTV -- Call the Chamber office for tickets anytime before the festival

                                              Lots of good food there-including homemade Beirocks and Kolaches!!!

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                                            1. re: greeneyes64

                                              My grandparents were German, but came to the US in 1913 from Russia. They settled in Lehigh, Kansas, a town of Menonites, although they were Luthern. Here is my Grandma's recipe for Bierocks:

                                              2 lbs. hamburger
                                              1 c. onion, chopped
                                              4 c. cabbage, chopped
                                              2 tsp. garlic salt

                                              For the bread, use frozen dinner rolls that you allow to rise. I use Rhodes brand. After you cook the hambuger for a few minutes, add the cabbage and onion and continue to cook until the onions are clear. Then after the rolls have risen, roll them out, put a heaping tablespoon of the filling in the center, pinch them together and bake at 375 for about 22 minutes or until they are golden. I brush mine with butter when they first come out of the oven, then cover with a damp t-towel.

                                              1. re: DallasChic

                                                I was surprised to see a discussion of these pop up. I have a similar story--great grandparents traveled with their family from Russia in 1906 and ended up in Kansas.

                                                I'm sure there are all kinds of variations in recipes, the type I make is heavier on the onions, cabbage. One hint if anybody wants to make these (and you should) is to make sure the seams are down against the cookie sheet (lots less leakage as they cook).

                                            2. I grew up eating bierocks in my school cafeteria in central Kansas. I loved them then and I love them now. I just made them for the first time for my kids tonght and I think they have found true love too. Now I will make them for my family and friends here in Misawa, Japan. Its fun to spread an old community tradition around the world.

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                                              1. re: DarlaNJapan

                                                Exactly! I first ate them at my school cafeteria in Fresno, California; and hav ed since made and shared them in Bolivia, the Philippines, and Colombia. People everywhere love them.

                                                1. re: DarlaNJapan

                                                  Odd to think that dumplings can only be fried or steamed... Europeans just made them bigger and more prone to baking, and that can be a good thing. I grew up in the Midwest and Bierocks were everywhere and usually a staple at most small town restaurants whose heredity was Eastern European. Love them when I can get them, but it seems a dying art.

                                                  1. re: wmkwhite

                                                    Dumplings large and small are steamed in Asia - not so odd if you consider that the same cuisines do not use ovens.