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Sweet & Sour Stuffed Cabbage

Total Time

Prep: 1 hour Bake: 65 min.


6 servings

Everyone loves the taste of these cabbage rolls, and when I make them, I make a lot of extra meatballs. I adapted this recipe from one I found for sweet and sour stuffed green peppers.


  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1 medium head cabbage
  • 3 medium onions
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup cooked instant rice
  • 1 cup shredded carrots
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1-1/4 pounds lean ground beef
  • 1 can (15 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice


  1. Place raisins in a small bowl; cover with boiling water. Let stand for 5 minutes; drain and set aside.
  2. Fill a Dutch oven three-quarters full of water; bring to a boil. Add cabbage; cook for 2-3 minutes or just until leaves fall off head. Set aside 12 large leaves for rolls; chop remaining cabbage and set aside. Cut out the thick vein from the bottom of each reserved leaf, making a V-shaped cut.
  3. Slice two onions and set aside; chop the remaining onion. In a large bowl, combine the chopped onion, egg, rice, carrots, salt, pepper and reserved raisins. Crumble beef over mixture and mix well.
  4. Place 1/4 cup meat mixture on each cabbage leaf; overlap cut ends of leaf. Fold in sides. Beginning from the cut end, roll up completely to enclose filling.
  5. Place sliced onions and reserved chopped cabbage in a 13x9-in. baking dish. Arrange cabbage rolls, seam side down, on top. Combine the tomato sauce, brown sugar and lemon juice; pour over rolls.
  6. Cover and bake at 350° for 1 hour or until cabbage is tender and a thermometer reads 160°. Uncover; bake 5-10 minutes longer or until sauce reaches desired consistency.

Nutrition Facts

2 rolls: 392 calories, 9g fat (3g saturated fat), 93mg cholesterol, 824mg sodium, 57g carbohydrate (37g sugars, 7g fiber), 24g protein.

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