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Cabbage & Meatballs

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


  • 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)


  • 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.
  • Cover and cook over low heat for 15-20 minutes or until meat is no longer pink, stirring occasionally.
Nutrition Facts
1-1/2 cups: 378 calories, 17g fat (6g saturated fat), 210mg cholesterol, 1148mg sodium, 19g carbohydrate (11g sugars, 6g fiber), 39g protein.

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  • BobbysChicagoBAbe
    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
    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
    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
    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!