MarySue,This recipe makes me think of my Mom,She made the BEST cabbage rolls in the world,and these taste just like hers.I am so glad I found this recipe,I will be making them often. Thanks so much, Darlene
The flavors of this are spectacular. I loved the filling so much, I'm trying to make a meatloaf out of it tonight!. I used fresh instead of canned mushrooms. I also added a tablespoon or 2 of brown sugar along with the white sugar at the end. It makes a HUGE difference if you brown the meat first, then add the other ingredients and simmer a bit. When I made it a second time, I DIDN'T brown the meat mixture first, and the taste was like a "meat paste". bleck. Couldn't even compare to the first time I made it. This is a permanent addition to my repetoire! DH loved it as well. Especially that it didn't have bell peppers. The only thing I'm doing different next time is I'm making more of that delicious sauce for the end. DO NOT try to replace the lemon juice with apple cider vinegar..I thought it would work when I wanted more sauce but was out of lemons --but it was gross. The lemon gives a very much needed element to the sauce
I made the alternative method in my crockpot. Sans bread crumbs and cheese. I also added uncooked quick cooking rice to the ground beef instead of cooked rice. To the remaining tomato sauce I added a 16 oz can diced tomatoes and another 8 oz can of tomato sauce. I'm sure beef stock in lieu of more tomato sauce would be great too. Cooked on high for 4 hours. We very much enjoyed this one dish meal. Thank-you for posting.
The flavor of the meat was excellent however, my cabbage leaves remained a bit firm even after cooking for 60 minutes. So, I think next time I will boil the leaves first. Otherwise, a really great recipe. The sauce is very flavorful. I also think the recommendation of cooking the rice in beef bouillon is worth trying. Thanks for sharing!
Great Flavor. I din't have mushrooms, so used chopped black olives. Also, I boiled my rice in beef stock. One mistake I made, I baked uncovered. I will cover it next time. I did not pre-cook the meat mixture and it was excellent.
These were delicious.. My grandsons couldn't get enough. They weren't too sure about eating something rolled up in cabbage but once tasted they wanted more more more. I'll make again for them one of these days. Thanks Lee