Prep 1 hr
Cook 45 mins
From America's Best Lost Recipes
- 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 (1/4 ounce) packages fast rise yeast
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, 2 tablespoons melted
- 1 1⁄2 lbs ground beef (90% lean)
- 1 large onion, chopped fine
- 1⁄2 small head cabbage, chopped (about 3 cups)
- salt and pepper
- 8 slices deli American cheese
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
The dough for these were amazing and all I can think of is that you could put any dry filling you want using this dough. I did add crushed red pepper because my B/F thought the filling was bland before I did the assembly. These were large sized, but I ate a whole one and so did everyone else who got one. I will make these again. Really great on the first day. OK on the second. This will go into my make again list. It was worth the time. I did make these at little over 4000ft, so I add a little more water, cut the yeast in half. Then doubled the rise time. I have found if I do not do this, the dough will rise very fast then fall in the higher elevation. Next time I will try some with sliced Swiss cheese for more adult flavor.
I had a similar recipe and over the years have lost contact with it so i searched and found this one and I must say, they were super delicious! I love the dough and the sweetness it had and it goes so nicely with the beef and cabbage. Glad to have found this recipe since mine went missing. PS-these freeze well too, Thanks Brookelynne26 for a definite keeper!