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    Lorac
    Sun Sep 09, 2007 11:34 pm
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    ------------------------------Making Stuffed Cabbage Rolls


    Stuffed cabbage rolls are found in the cuisine of many countries throughout the world but are most commonly associated with Eastern Europe. Cabbage rolls are easy to make, they don't require precise measurement of ingredients, they freeze beautifully and taste even better if made at least a day before serving. There are many versions of cabbage rolls with 155 recipes in the Recipezaar database. I hope this tutorial will inspire you to try them.


    Shopping List
    1 (4 pound) head of green cabbage
    1 pound ground beef
    2 pounds ground pork
    1 1/2 cups "instant" rice (I use Minute Rice)
    2 (14 1/2 ounce) cans diced tomatoes
    1/4 pound salt pork


    Prepare The Cabbage Leaves


    I have tried 3 different methods for removing leaves from cabbage.
    -- The traditional way is to place the cabbgage in a pot of boiling water for about 10 minutes, then cooling the cabbage and removing the leaves that have softened. The process is repeated until all usable leaves are removed.
    --The easiest method is to freeze the cabbage, defrost it, remove the core and then the leaves. While easy, I found the end results to be tough, rubbery cabbage.
    -- I am showing you the microwave method. The cabbage leaves don't soften as uniformly as with the traditional technique, I think it is easier and the end results are the same.


    Remove the core with a paring knife.

    Place the cabbage core side down in a microwave safe dish. Add 1 cup of water and microwave on High power for 12 minutes.

    Rinse the cabbage with cold water until cool enough to handle. Remove the leaves that come off easily without breaking. You can cut away more of the core if needed to lossen the leaves. Set aside 3 or 4 of the tough dark green outer leaves for later.

    To remove the remaining useable size leaves, place the cabbage back in the microwave and cook on High for 5 minutes. Repeat the cooling process.


    Prepare The Stuffing


    This is the way my Polish Grandmother made her's. For the rice, bring 1 1/2 cups of water to a boil in a covered sauce pan. Add the rice, stir, cover and remove from the heat. Let sit 5 minutes or until all the water has been absorbed. Let cool to room temperature. (If you can't get "instant rice" you can substitute 3 cups of cooked rice)

    Place rice and ground meats in a large bowl. Add salt and pepper to taste. With your hands, combine the ingredients using a folding motion.


    Stuff The Cabbage Leaves


    If the bottom stem is hard, cut a slit in it. Place 1/4 to 1 cup of the meat mixture in the center of a leaf. How much depends on the size of the leaf. I don't measure. If you need more or less, you will know when you fold

    Fold the stem end over the stuffing.

    Fold the sides over the stuffing.

    Fold the top of the leaf down .

    Place the rolls seam side down in a baking pan or dish, large enough to hold them in a single layer.


    Prepare For Baking


    Preheat the oven to 300F. Thin slice the salt pork.

    Pour the diced tomatoes over the cabbage rolls and top with sliced salt pork.

    Place the reserved outer leaves on top and cover tightly with aluminum foil. Place pan in the oven and bake for 2 hours.


    Store


    Discard the outer leaves and salt pork. Place the rolls in containers and add the pan juices and tomato pieces. Refrigerate or freeze. Cabbage rolls are really better when served the next day but if you can't wait - go ahead and eat!


    Serve


    Reheat the cabbage rolls in the pan juices
    covered, adding a little water if needed. Stuffed cabbage rolls can be eaten as a one dish meal. Spoon some of the juices and tomato pieces over each roll. We also like them with mashed potatoes and they work well with rice. With the cabbage and tomato, no other veggie is needed.


    Bon Appetit !


    Recipes:

    Cabbage Roll Recipes

    Lorac's Stuffed Cabbage Rolls


    Last edited by Lorac on Sat Nov 17, 2007 6:49 pm, edited 4 times in total
    becky watkins
    Mon Sep 10, 2007 5:32 pm
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    Lorac,
    Your presentation is beautiful and I especially like how you showed how to fold the cabbage rolls properly. I am hungry now for cabbage rolls. So, I have added the ingredients to my shopping list. Thank you so much!!!! Great Job!!!!
    Love,
    Becky icon_biggrin.gif
    Lorac
    Mon Sep 10, 2007 5:50 pm
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    becky watkins wrote:
    Lorac,
    Your presentation is beautiful and I especially like how you showed how to fold the cabbage rolls properly. I am hungry now for cabbage rolls. So, I have added the ingredients to my shopping list. Thank you so much!!!! Great Job!!!!
    Love,
    Becky icon_biggrin.gif


    icon_biggrin.gif Thanks Becky !
    Susie D
    Mon Sep 10, 2007 9:26 pm
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    Your photos are so clear! I especially appreciated the trimming the cabbage ones as the cabbage cooked. I think your steps will make it easier. I have cabbage rolls on the menu for the weekend. Thanks Lorac! icon_biggrin.gif
    Lorac
    Mon Sep 10, 2007 9:54 pm
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    Susie D wrote:
    Your photos are so clear! I especially appreciated the trimming the cabbage ones as the cabbage cooked. I think your steps will make it easier. I have cabbage rolls on the menu for the weekend. Thanks Lorac! icon_biggrin.gif


    Thank you Susie - you know how nervous I was about taking photos! Now that I'm done, Dh decided we should replace our 7 year old camera icon_rolleyes.gif icon_rolleyes.gif icon_rolleyes.gif icon_lol.gif
    HeatherFeather
    Tue Sep 11, 2007 4:36 am
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    Wow this is lovely!
    katie in the UP
    Tue Sep 11, 2007 6:43 am
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    Beautiful photos Lorac!
    Your instructions are perfect!
    Thank you.
    chia
    Tue Sep 11, 2007 7:36 am
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    excellent tutorial with great step by step photos icon_smile.gif
    Caroline Cooks
    Tue Sep 11, 2007 11:40 am
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    excellent progression of photos--clear and understandable with perfect photos of the steps. Congratulations on a great tutorial!
    Bergy
    Tue Sep 11, 2007 11:50 am
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    Very well done Lorac -Clear instructions and a great series of photos.
    andypandy
    Tue Sep 11, 2007 3:08 pm
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    Nice presentation with photos. Cabbage rolls are on my menu ! icon_biggrin.gif
    Manami
    Tue Sep 11, 2007 7:49 pm
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    Fabulous presentation, bravo! icon_smile.gif Those step by step pictures are great, thanks Lorac. icon_wink.gif You have taken the fear out of making them. icon_biggrin.gif
    lauralie41
    Wed Sep 12, 2007 1:46 am
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    Loved your demo Lorac! I never tried putting the cabbage in the microwave.....just fought with it as is. Will be using the microwave next time! icon_smile.gif
    Chef Rhanda5
    Wed Sep 12, 2007 5:17 pm
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    Excellent tutorial - I am inspired - and I've never had cabbage rolls before!! icon_biggrin.gif
    Tish
    Thu Sep 13, 2007 8:01 pm
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    Thank you! Our OAMC folks are going to love this! I can't wait to make some to freeze using your pictures as a guide icon_smile.gif
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