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A fall favorite


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I realized recently that I had never posted the recipe for Cabbage Rolls. I've been making these for over 40 years and they are one of our fall favorites.

picture of Finished Cabbage rolls

Cabbage Rolls

12 large cabbage leaves
1 cup cooked rice
1/4 cup chopped onion
1 tsp. salt
dash pepper
1 egg
1/4 tsp. thyme
1 lb. ground beef
8 oz. tomato sauce
1 Tbsp. brown sugar
1 Tbsp. lemon juice

Prepare cabbage leaves by parboiling or steaming in the microwave. Cut out the hard center "vein" of each leaf to facilitate handling. Combine the egg, rice, onion, salt, pepper, thyme, and hamburger. Place a portion of this mixture in each cabbage leaf and then fold the sides in and roll up. Fasten each leaf with one or two toothpicks. Place in a large kettle, skillet, or crockpot. Combine the tomato sauce, brown sugar, and lemon juice. Pour over the cabbage rolls and bring to a boil. Simmer covered for one hour. If using crockpot cook for 6-8 hours on low. You may want to remove the lid for the last few minutes to thicken the sauce.

There are several ways that you can soften the cabbage leaves; by boiling, freezing, or steaming in the microwave. I like to put them in a glass pie plate covered with waxed paper and microwave for about two minutes.

picture of Steaming Cabbage

If you cut out the tough center "vein" the rolls will be easier to roll up without cracking or splitting. You will need to be careful to place the filling so it will be pretty well covered by part of the leaf.

picture of Removing Vein

picture of Filling Cabbage

Fasten securely with a toothpick or two.

picture of Fastening Cabbage

Do you have a favorite cabbage recipe?

Becka


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3 Comments on “A fall favorite”

  1. #1 Rhonda
    on Oct 21st, 2011 at 8:22 am

    My mother used to make cabbage rolls (we called them pigs in the blanket–I know other people use that term for hotdogs in breading of some sort), but I’ve never attempted them myself. I will need to try your recipe. Be sure to show us a picture of the finished product at some point. 🙂 We eat cabbage every week in the form of cole slaw. We love cabbage prepared that way! I learned from my sister-in-law that fried cabbage is also delicious.

  2. #2 Vikki
    on Oct 21st, 2011 at 10:35 am

    We LOVE cabbage rolls! Thanx for the recipe!!

  3. #3 Judy
    on Oct 23rd, 2011 at 9:28 pm

    We love your cabbage rolls and also your “cabbage pockets.” Mmmmm.

    I’ll send you a quick recipe for Dilled Cabbage that we tried not too long ago. It has an “old world” taste.

    So glad for all your posts! 🙂


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