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German-Russian Krautstrudel

LeAnna Brown from Germany

1 hour
Cooks in
20 minutes
Country of origin

My Grandmother is a proud German! However, for several hundred years, including her own parents, they did not even live in Germany. Instead, they lived in Russia in a small “German Only” community. According to them, they did not assimilate at all with the Russians. Ask Grandma if she is German or Russian and she might knock you over the head and curse at you (in German!) This small group of Germans that moved to Russia will forever be Germans in their minds.
Which is why when I moved to Germany as an adult and couldn’t find one.single.krautstredual. i was so confused. Where was this food that was passed down generation after generation in my proud German family? Where was this flaky, sweet pastry with a savory filling slathered in mustard that reminded me of Christmas Eve dinners? Where was this meat pie that was supposedly just as German as Schnitzel!?
Then we traveled to St. Petersburg and what did we stumble upon? You guessed it. It wasn’t a “krautstrudel” but instead a “pirozhki ” but one thing was certain. It tasted just like Grandmas!
So, while the “Volga River Germans” claim to be as German as they come, they clearly had ties to their Russian neighbors, even if just through food; one of the best bonding tools of all time!


  • 2 cups warm water
  • 2 Packages Active Dry Yeast
  • 1/2 Cup Sugar
  • 1.5 tsp Salt
  • 1 Egg
  • .25 Cup Butter (melted)
  • 6.5 Cups Flour
  • 1.5 Pounds Hamburger
  • .5 Cup Onion (chopped)
  • 1.5 Cups Shredded Cabbage
  • 1.5 Cups Saukraut
  • Salt and Pepper to Season


  • For the Dough (alternatively, you can also just use dough rolls for an easier and faster version)
  • 1) Mix water, yeast, sugar ans salt. Stir until dissolved
  • 2) Add egg and melted butter
  • 3) Stir in flour until a dough is created
  • For the Filling:
  • 1) Brown the hamburger and onion
  • 2) Add cabbage, kraut and season heavily with salt and pepper
  • To Create:
  • 1) Roll the dough out
  • 2) Cut into squares approx 3 inches x 3in
  • 3) Put several tablespoons of filling on each square
  • 4) Bring the 4 corners to the top, creating a pouch and seal well
  • 5) Place on greased sheet and butter each strudel
  • 6) Cook at 350 degrees (F) for 20 minutes or until golden brown


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