So for those who don’t know, I’m a quarter Polish. My dad’s mother came straight from Poland, so it’s only natural that I would grow up eating some Polish favorites.
One of those that frequented our dinner table (but I didn’t fully appreciate until my adult years) was Cabbage Rolls. Man, those things are delish! And honestly, so much easier than I thought.
This recipe didn’t come from my Grandmother. My mom found it somewhere YEARS ago, and my dad said it tasted way better than his mothers recipe, so it stuck! (honestly, it probably didn’t vary too much from my Grandmothers recipe, since the base of this one is pretty standard across the board)
Either way, my husband thought this was pretty tasty, and so I will file that away as a win in my book.
So if you need a yummy meal for Sunday dinner, here it is! (We like to serve ours with mashed potatoes!)
What you’ll need:
– 1 tsp salt and a dash of pepper
– 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
– 1/4 cup chopped onion
– 2/3 cup milk
– 1 egg
– 1 lb. ground beef
– 3/4 cup cooked rice (I bumped mine up to 1 cup and it turned out fine)
– 6-8 cabbage leaves
– 2 tbls brown sugar (I didn’t have any, so I used the same amount of raw cane sugar and it still turned out amazing)
– 1 can tomato soup (I didn’t have any, so I made my own…I’ll probably post that recipe later)
– 2 tbls fresh lemon juice
– 1 can tomato sauce
What to do:
Step 1: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a bowl, combine the egg, salt and pepper, Worcestershire sauce, onion, and milk – mix well.
Step 2: Add ground beef and cooked rice; mix together with a fork.
Step 3: Immerse cabbage leaves in boiling water for 3 minutes, or just until limp. Drain on paper towel. The heavy center vein can be sliced about 1-2 inches if needed to make it easier to roll.
Step 4: Place about 1/2 cup of meat mixture on each leaf. Fold in sides and roll end over meat.
Step 5: Place rolls in a baking dish.
Step 6: Blend together soup, tomato sauce, brown sugar and lemon juice; pour evenly over cabbage rolls.
Step 7: Bake for 1.5 hours – baste 2-3 times with sauce.