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Mar 24, 2013

ROCKIN’ CABBAGE ROLLS

Those of you who have cooked with me before know that I don’t always use recipes. I use a method and I adapt it to what I have or what I like.
That is what becoming a cook is all about. It is not following every last detail of how somebody else does it unless there is some important baking going on that requires things done a certain way to succeed.
Take what I give you here and make it your own. Add more or less of what you want. It will turn out fine.
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I have tried a couple different ways to prepare cabbage for making cabbage rolls.

  • There is the old fashioned way of blanching it in a giant pot of boiling water. Not much fun, often dangerous and takes way too long.
  • Another method is to simply freeze your head of cabbage and then when you thaw it out the leaves are limp and pliable. Doesn’t work for me on many levels but mostly because I do things on the spur of the moment and I don’t want to wait for the cabbage to thaw.
  • Here is the best method I have found. Put your head of cabbage, with the core cut out as best you can, into a large dish with a 1/2 cup of water and cover this with plastic wrap. Microwave this for 10 minutes with the core end down then turn it over and microwave it another 10 minutes. Bingo it is done with little mess and less chance of burning yourself with that hot water. Just take it out and gently work it apart on a large, clean
    (as if you would use a dirty one) dish towel. You may need to trim a little more of the core to get them all off. Save any torn pieces and those that are too small. We will use them later. SAVOY CABBAGE
    I use Savoy cabbage. It cooks up tender and is also a little like crepe paper when you are forming the rolls so it stretches around the meat filling beautifully.

Okay lets go:

  • 1 head of Savoy cabbage
  • 1 lb. of extra lean ground beef
  • 1 lb. of ground pork
  • 1 cup of rice
  • 6 small tins of tomato soup (since my store is too dumb to carry the giant size tins of it)
  • 1 tin of good quality crushed tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons of Worcestershire sauce
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 tablespoon of regular or hot paprika
  • 2 teaspoons of granulated garlic
  1. Start by cooking the cabbage in the microwave.
  2. Cook the rice according to package instructions
  3. Mix together the soup,tomatoes and the Worcestershire sauce and set aside.IMG_0007IMG_0008
  4. Mix the ground beef and the ground pork together with the cooked rice, salt, pepper, garlic, paprika
  5. Spoon a little of the tomato sauce over the bottom of your pan.
  6. Take about a 1/4 cup of the meat mixture and place it at the base of a cabbage leaf. Roll it over a full turn then fold in the sides. Continue to roll it up and place it in the baking pan with the seam side down. IMG_0001They are cozy and they are happy! Now let’s cover them up with that yummy tomato sauce. Put your pan on a baking tray just in case it bubbles over. IMG_0004Cover the top with all the leftover and torn up bits to protect the cabbage rolls and sauce from burning. Now cover the whole lot with tin foil. IMG_0005Bake at 350 degrees for about an hour and a half. Check one in the middle for doneness using a meat thermometer. IMG_0009IMG_0011

FOR A PRINTABLE RECIPE CLICK HERE.

7 comments:

Donna Peterson said...

Love your receipe. I do mine with sauerkraut as I was taught by a wise Hungarian grandmother. I like your way of wilting the cabbage and will also try using the savoy cabbage. I feel it is time to teach my grandchildren how to make it. When their mother first started making it for the family she called it "monkey brains and leaves"

Lori E said...

Monkey brains...too funny.
I have just picked up parts of recipes from others along the way. Being French I didn’t have a Hungarian grandmother to teach me. I have never heard of them done with sauerkraut though. Sounds interesting. I’ll bet you make your own sauerkraut too don’t you.
You should teach the grandkids. It will be a great memory for them plus it will keep the recipe alive.

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Sounds great! I love cabbage rolls, haven't had them in years-enjoy:@)

Jen @ Muddy Boot Dreams said...

I just printed out the recipe...it looks yummy. And I am sure my husband will thank you for it.

I have only made him cabbage rolls once in all the years we are married...but then again, he's had some other good meals to make up for it.

Congrats on the visitors.

Jen

Jackie said...

I am so going to try this.
We grow our own cabbage...
Can't wait to try!!!
Thank you for sharing your talents with me!!
Hugs,
J.

Lynn said...

I loved how you wilted the cabbage . . . thanks!

Shirley said...

Those look so good. I haven't made them for ages. Good tips.

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