Cabbage & Meatballs Recipe
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Cabbage & Meatballs Recipe

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I think the dill pickles are the secret to this simple yet hearty recipe. When our children were small, they were not too fond of cabbage, but they loved this dish.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 15 min.
MAKES:2 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 15 min.
MAKES: 2 servings


  • 3 cups chopped cabbage
  • 1 cup tomato juice
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon chopped dill pickle
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 3/4 pound lean ground beef (90% lean)

Nutritional Facts

1-1/2 cups: 378 calories, 17g fat (6g saturated fat), 210mg cholesterol, 1148mg sodium, 19g carbohydrate (11g sugars, 6g fiber), 39g protein.


  1. Place cabbage in a large saucepan; add tomato juice. Cover and simmer over low heat. Meanwhile, combine the egg, onion, chili powder, vinegar, pickle, salt and pepper. Crumble beef over mixture and mix well. Shape into 2-in. balls. Add to cabbage mixture.
  2. Cover and cook over low heat for 15-20 minutes or until meat is no longer pink, stirring occasionally. Yield: 2 servings.
Originally published as Cabbage & Meatballs in Reminisce December/January 2011, p44

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[email protected] User ID: 1665956 245861
Reviewed Mar. 23, 2016

"After reading the reviews, I did tweak this recipe and it came out wonderful! Instead of using tomato juice, I used spaghetti sauce. And, I made my own meatball recipe. I just couldn't imagine vinegar or pickles in my meatballs! LOL! Made some mashed potatoes to go with it and it was perfect!"

cscanlan_2000 User ID: 1102144 241287
Reviewed Jan. 7, 2016

"Very tasteless. I had to add worcestershire and soy sauce. If you make this, add the worcestersire and soy sauce to the hamburger. Putting it in the sauce doesn't flavor the meat. I love cooked cabbage, but that's the only benefit. I think we'll slice the meatballs and add bbq sauce on a sandwich maybe."

anitamm User ID: 7158753 178129
Reviewed Sep. 26, 2013

"Very good! I used vegetable juice instead of regular tomato juice to give it a little more kick! I will definitely be adding this to our menu."

fneff User ID: 4487727 184423
Reviewed Nov. 8, 2011

"I added more sauce to the cabbage mixture after adding the meatballs, this will become a favorite, go to recipe for my husband and I!"

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