Old-Fashioned Cabbage Rolls Recipe
- 1 medium head cabbage (3 pounds)
- 1/2 pound uncooked ground turkey or beef
- 1/2 pound uncooked ground pork
- 1 can (15 ounces) tomato sauce, divided
- 1 small onion, chopped
- 1/2 cup uncooked long grain rice
- 1 tablespoon dried parsley flakes
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon snipped fresh dill or dill weed
- 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
- 1/2 teaspoon sugar
- Cook cabbage in boiling water just until outer leaves pull away easily from head. Set aside 12 large leaves for rolls. In a small bowl, combine the beef, pork, 1/2 cup tomato sauce, onion, rice, parsley, salt, dill and cayenne; mix well.
- Cut out the thick vein from the bottom of each leaf, making a V-shaped cut. Place about 1/4 cup meat mixture on a cabbage leaf; overlap cut ends of leaf. Fold in sides. Beginning from the cut end, roll up. Repeat.
- Slice the remaining cabbage; place in an ovenproof Dutch oven. Arrange the cabbage rolls seam side down over sliced cabbage. Combine the tomatoes, sugar and remaining tomato sauce; pour over the rolls. Cover and bake at 350° for 1-1/2 hours or until cabbage rolls are tender. Yield: 6 servings.
Medium-Bodied White Wine
Enjoy this recipe with a medium-bodied white wine such as Riesling or Gewürtztraminer
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Love this one and so do my children!!!
Serve with sour cream!
Forgot to add: if baking it for more than 1 hour, pour 1 cup of beef or chicken broth over the rolls.
This is the recipe I use since I was about 16 (I am almost 30 now). It's very popular in eastern Europe. I also add shredded carrot and saute it with onions with a little oil in a skillet before adding it to the filling. My mother, my aunts and everyone I know boiles the rice (with salt) before adding it to the filling for at least 10 minutes. This way the rolls are more tender inside. Do not use chicken though in this recipe. Also, I use tomatoe paste instead of tomato sauce (I add 1/2 cup of beef broth to make it thinner and brush it over the cabbage rolls so the cabbage is not sweet. And no sugar, the cabbage is sweet enough. I would add more salt too and black pepper instead of cayenne pepper and bake it for 3 hours with tightly covered top (add 1 cup of beef broth to it if baking for more than 1 hour). I rarely add parsley and dill to it, but a lot of people I know, do add it. This is my favorite dish.
I found in a magazine a while back a trick on the cabbage to soften the leaves..place the whole head of cabbage in the microwave and cook for 5-6 minutes , when cool cut out the core and remove the soft leaves easily. I have found this much quicker then boiling them in water .