• 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 3 cups chopped cabbage
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • ¼ teaspoon dried chili flakes
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • 2 package refrigerated crescent rolls
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 tablespoon melted butter

A delicious main dish that comes in its own little pocket
Tales of the Dinner Belle
By Brenda Stanley
This is one of my husband’s favorite recipes. He calls is Kraut Bread. I think that is a terrible name, because the idea of Sauer kraut and bread is really unappealing. It is a recipe he used to make when he was a bachelor and when we got married he would describe it, but of course had no recipe written down. I took what he explained and then tweaked it. Now it is one of my favorite dishes as well. It is similar to an old German dish that combines cabbage and meat and is baked in a bread roll. I use crescent roll dough because it is lighter and a lot easier than making bread dough. You could buy the ready-made frozen bread dough, but I still think the flaky, light dough of crescent rolls is perfect for this dish. These pockets are great for make ahead dinners, and are easy to serve, making them perfect for holiday meals when you’ve had enough of turkey.
Belle’s German Meat Pockets
1 pound ground beef
1 onion, chopped
3 cups chopped cabbage
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
¼ teaspoon dried chili flakes
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon pepper
2 packages refrigerated crescent rolls
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
1 tablespoon melted butter
In a large fry pan, brown the meat with the onions. Drain the fat. Add the cabbage and spices and cook just until the cabbage is soft. Add the cheese and mix. Unroll the crescent roll dough and separate each package into four squares rather than eight triangles. Pinch the seams. Divide the meat mixture and place scoops in the center of each square of dough. Fold opposite points and secure so all the meat is covered and the dough has no openings. Place on baking sheet. Bake at 400 degrees for 15 minutes. Brush each pocket with melted butter.