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Traditional Stuffed Cabbage

Traditional Stuffed Cabbage

Every culture and cuisine has it’s own name for this familiar dish. No matter what you call it, our recipe wins rave reviews!


24 whole checked green cabbage leaves

1-12 oz. bag shredded cabbage

For the filling:

1/2 cup rice

1 tablespoon canola oil

1 large onion, diced

2-2½ lbs. ground beef

3 eggs

2 cloves garlic, crushed

½ cup ketchup or barbecue sauce

Kosher salt and fresh pepper to taste

For the sauce:

2 tablespoons canola oil

2 large onions, sliced

1 jar sauerkraut

2-16 oz. cans tomato sauce

16 oz. water

1 cup sugar (less or more to taste)

2 to 3 dried bay leaves

Prepare the filling

Bring 1½ cups of water to a boil in a small saucepan.  Add the rice and simmer 5 minutes.  Turn off the flame and allow the rice to rest, covered until all the water is absorbed. Set aside.

Heat the oil in a sauté pan and sauté the diced onions until translucent. Remove from heat.

Place the ground beef in a bowl and add the onions, rice, eggs, garlic and ketchup.  Season to taste with salt and pepper.  Mix just until combined.  Don’t over mix or the meat will be tough.

Assemble the Stuffed Cabbage:

Heat the oil in an 8-10 quart stockpot and sauté the sliced onions.

Holding a cabbage leaf in your hand, place approximately 2 tablespoons of meat over the rib and roll up the leaf to enclose the meat.  As you roll, tuck in the ends to keep the filling in place.  Continue making cabbage rolls until all the leaves are used.  Place in the pot with the sautéed onions, seam side down.  Layer the rolls in your pot with the shredded
cabbage and the sauerkraut from the jar. 

Pour in the tomato sauce and water.  Add sugar, salt and pepper to taste.  Add the bay leaves and cook over low heat for 2 hours, adding water if necessary.  Taste and adjust seasoning.  

Not: Stuffed cabbage is great reheated—so there’s no need to make it fresh.                                                         Prep  2 hrs 45 min | Yield 10-12

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