Cabbage roll recipes can vary, depending on their country of origin. Whereas some recipes contain only rice and spices, others combine various meats for a heartier dish. The recipe that we have shared with you today originated in Romania and has been passed down through many generations. We’re sure that you will enjoy this delicious meal as much as we do.
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- 2lbs ground beef
- 1lbs ground pork
- 6 eggs
- 1 yellow onion – finely chopped
- 3 celery sticks – finely chopped
- 2 carrots shredded
- 1 beet shredded
- 1 bunch fresh chopped parsley – finely chopped
- 1 cup of cooked white rice
- 1tbs each: pepper & salt
- 1tsp each: cumin, chili flakes, chili powder, oregano, sage
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- 1 jar of sauerkraut
- 2 jars tomato sauce or 2 cans of crushed tomatoes
- 1 L of beef broth
- 1lb bacon strips
- 1 big head of sour cabbage or 2 medium ones
- 4 bay leaves
In a big bowl, add all of the Mixing Ingredients. Mix everything thoroughly using your dry, clean hands so the flavors blend together. Place this bowl in the fridge overnight.
The next day, place a giant pot on the stove. Add one layer of chopped bacon to the bottom of the pot.
Add a layer of sauerkraut and one bay leaf. Don’t turn the heat on just yet. You first need to make the cabbage rolls by hand and add layers inside the pot.
Roll the meat in your hand, then roll it inside a sheet of cabbage. Tuck the sides in and place each cabbage roll, seam face down into the pot. If you have large sheets of cabbage that are super veiny and tough, cut that part out. Chop this into small pieces and add it with the sauerkraut so we don’t waste anything.
After you make one layer of cabbage rolls, add another layer of bacon, sauerkraut, and bay leaf. Continue layering to the top of the pot.
Once you’ve filled the pot to the top, add the tomato sauce or crushed tomatoes and the broth to the pot. This liquid will add great moisture to the cabbage rolls as they’re cooking.
Turn heat to medium and cook for 3-4 hours. You’ll know when they’re done because the house will have the most delicious sauerkraut, smoked bacon, and spice smell.
Remove from heat and let cool for 1 hour. Everything will continue to cook and the flavors blend together during this hour.
Serving suggestions: Enjoy a few cabbage rolls with a dollop of sour cream on top and some fresh artisan bread to soak up the delicious sauce.
Cabbage rolls keep very well in the freezer for up to 6 months. Package in meal-size containers for any time you have limited time, but still want a nutritious, wholehearted meal.
This tried and the true family recipe has satisfied generations, and we couldn’t be happier to share it with you today. It truly is a great way to satisfy your taste buds and fill you up on those chilly Fall or Winter evenings. We look forward to hearing how much you enjoyed this hearty, flavorful meal.
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