Mollie Lee blended flavors from her husband's Korean heritage with a German runza recipe from her childhood.Winning Appetizer: Mollie Lee blended flavors from her husband's Korean heritage with a German runza recipe from her childhood.
[MUSIC] My name is Mollie Lee. I am from San Jose, California and I am a stay at home mom of two children. Today I'm making Korean spiced mini runzas. A runza is hamburger and cabbage and onions baked in bread dough. The twist is that instead of just making the hamburger and cabbage and onion mixture. I took the ground beef and added all the spices for bulgogi, which is a Korean spiced beef, and then cooked the hamburger that way. I think that maybe the key ingredient to making it kind of pop when you eat it, there's a little tiny bit of ground cayenne pepper. And so it's not. When you taste it initially, you don't taste spiciness. but then it's sort of an after effect. When I was growing up, we actually sold cabbage burgers, or runzas, as a fundraiser every year for our elementary school. And so that recipe was something, kind of of my childhood. And then, my husband is Korean. And so his love for the Korean food of his childhood and he's constantly asking for it, just sort of inspired the twist on that original senza recipe. I've never entered a contest before, I'd never even created a recipe before. I'm typically a follow the Be kind of a person. And so to do this was actually a stretch and that's why I did it. I created the recipe merely as a challenge to do something new. [BLANK_AUDIO]