Sometimes I make mistakes and then I try to improvise. Sometimes it works and sometimes it does not work and this time? Oh – it MORE than worked, it rocked! This morning I roasted Hatch Green Chiles and had in mind to make sort of Tex-Mex French Bread Bierock. Whatever – it is fantastic and I want to share it with you. I’m going to use it tailgating and for all our fall parties and I won’t even have to have an entire day to put it together. BTW, the mistake I made was spending all morning making dough, putting together the Bierocks and then burning them beyond recognition! They looked like big burning moon rocks. Seriously. I got a phone call and completely forgot about them until I saw smoke floating through the house. I cried. The process of learning to make bread/dough has been very painful and I’m on edge the entire way through it. I was not going to make any more and I had no idea what to do because I still had some filling but nothing to put it in to make for supper. Until I looked inside the refrigerator and saw a can of Pillsbury Crusty French Loaf and I had hope! When it came out so incredibly well I realized that I could make these great little hand-held meals on a whim instead of setting aside an entire afternoon prior to a game or party and that made me very happy. I think you will like it too! The second thing you should know is that the traditional filling in a Bierock or Runza if you are from Nebraska would never make it past Mr. Picky Eater. Cabbage is one of the filling ingredients and he gags if I even cook it in the house so I haven’t in almost a decade. This is part steamed burritos part enchilada filling. You will love ‘em!
Tex-Mex French Bread Bierock
1 Can Pillsbury Crusty French Loaf
½ pound ground pork (or chicken, beef, turkey, no meat at all)
2 small sweet peppers – I used orange and yellow
1 small onion
3 cloves garlic
1 ½ Cups shredded Mexican Blend cheese
1 Cup Green Chile sauce
2 Medium Potatoes cubed
1 teaspoon cumin, smoked paprika, salt
½ teaspoon pepper
Break up and brown ground meat adding cumin, paprika, salt and pepper.
Chop sweet peppers, onion, garlic – add to meat for last 5 minutes cooking.
Drain and set aside.
Peel and cube potatoes sautéing until crispy on outside and tender on inside drain and set aside.
Pop open a can of Pillsbury Crusty French Loaf and slice into five evenly measured amounts.
Set one of the segments on end and smash it down with the palm of your hand and press and stretch it out a bit.
Put a little shredded cheese on dough.
Add some meat (if using), potatoes and press it down a bit.
Put a teaspoon of green chile sauce on top then a little more cheese.
Then begin pulling the edges toward the top center and pinch it together into a little purse.
Place them seam side down on parchment paper.
Repeat four more times.
Place in a pre-heated oven @ 350F for 30 minutes.
If you like, as soon as they come out brush with melted butter like I did but you don’t have to.
And they are finished. No “leaking” all over the place. Crusty on the outside tender on the inside – not thick and doughy, just right. Everyone can do this and it is so worth it. I’m pretty sure these will freeze beautifully and we will know soon because I made two batches since I had two cans and I put the leftovers in the freezer. Sooooooo good!
I ***love*** Bierocks!! =)
These look delicious!! and using the French Loaf Bread looks awesome!
Pinned to my Dinner Board!
Thanks Melissa! If you make them – please let me know what you think – that french bread dough rocked!
Once again, you are making me nostalgic. My mom and grandmother made Bierocks and learned from an older lady from the community. I remember grandmother always said she was “Bohemian.” 🙂
That’s funny because many people have called me Bohemian in my life too! I never heard of these things until Dave Cathey – Dave the Food Dude in the Oklahoman made this last year in his Green Chile article – I’m doing a round-up next weekend. BTW, if you have any recipes using it – I would love for your to participate.
Hugs, Kisses and Snot
I love this! Before I started reading I immediately thought…perfect for game day. We were on the same wave length. I love that Pillsbury dough. It’s also great for pizza pockets. I’m going to try your cabbage free Bierocks post haste.
Thanks! I hope you like them and will let me know how they turn out. You know, football season starts on August 31!
Baking at 350* for 30 minutes? Thanks
You are welcome! Thanks for dropping by and please come by again!
Carmen – YES it’s 350! I went over to check and sure enough – left out the temp! 🙂 sorry but thanks for letting me know.
The filling sounds incredible! And I love the sheen after they’re baked 🙂 YUM!
Me too Liz – came out way better than if I used my own dough.
Becca from ItsYummi.com
I’ve never heard of bierocks… where have they BEEN all of my life?! These look and sound incredible, Kelli!
Thanks Becca – I really hadn’t either but I sure love them. I sent some home with mom yesterday evening and she had them for dinner last night – she called to say she would like some more please! 🙂
I have never heard of these before – Yum Yum 🙂 BTW, I’m always improvising in the kitchen, too
Um… YUM! I’ve never heard of Bierock, but I might need to make this ASAP! I really think I was supposed to be southern 😉
You will be surprised that these are not southern and I had never made them before either – I just did a variation on a recipe I saw. Bierocks are from Nebraska, Kansas, N and S Dakota – upper midwest.
Ah, ok! Well, I’m not midwestern, either! I guess every area has amazing recipes 😀
now at home mom
Okay Kelli, this is another one of your delicious recipes I need to keep with me! I need to try this with hubby, I’m sure we will both love it very much 🙂 I love the picture that you brushed them with melted butter 🙂 yummy! 🙂
Thanks Ingrid! We loved them!
I’m not so well versed in the bread/dough process just yet either, so I feel your pain. But what a wonderful little mishap to end up with 🙂 Maybe I shouldn’t blog before breakfast because the last two posts have made me very hungry!
I have burnt so many things forgetting about them! It sucks to loose all that hard work. Glad these worked out in the end. They look delish. Thanks for sharing on Thursdays Treasures. This will be a feature.
Oh Gosh – Thanks Christie! I’m excited!!!
Lizy @ http://justdipitinchocolate.blogspot.com/
Holy Molly! These look like little pillows of yumminess! Pining for sure…and I’m hungry now…darn it! its Midnite girl!!! first thing in the morning on my way to the grocery store to get the ingredients, thanks for the recipe! Looks really really tasty!
Thank you so much! I just know you will like them. Thanks also for dropping by and let me know how they turn out for you!