2 hrs 50 mins
2 hrs 20 mins
Iron Stomach's Note:
It is not lightly that I post this recipe. This is not a cookbook or kicked around recipe. This is an authentic HEIRLOOM recipe that has been passed down through my family for ages. Each generation has improved and tweaked the recipe slightly (I suggested brown sugar instead of white). Let me know if you enjoy eating this as much as I do!
My Private Note
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- 2 lbs green cabbage
- 2 lbs lean ground beef
- 4 medium onions (1 finely chopped 3 sliced)
- 3 teaspoons salt
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- 2 eggs
- 2 tablespoons white rice
- 3 tablespoons water
- 28 ounces canned tomatoes (whole)
- 15 ounces tomato sauce
- 1/2 cup dark brown sugar (packed) or 1/2 cup white sugar (packed)
- 1 lemon, juice of
- 1/3 cup raisins ((1/3 to 1/2)
- 1 tablespoon honey ((1 to 2)
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
- 1Use Large Stock Pot and wooden spoon.
- 2Wash cabbage, cut off core. Cut cabbage in half horizontally. Take core out and cut.
- 3cabbage in 3 inch chunks.
- 4Cook sliced onions in oil until translucent.
- 5Add can of whole tomatoes, stir and chop slightly with spoon. Add tomato sauce, half of salt, half of pepper, and mix.
- 6Cover and simmer for 20 minutes, stir occasionally so it doesn't burn.
- 7Then add cabbage and stir and push cabbage down into the sauce.
- 8Cover pot and continue to simmer approx 1 hour till you can mix cabbage around in the sauce.
- 9In large bowl mix ground beef with chopped onion, 1 1/2 level teaspoons salt, 1/4 tsp pepper, 2 eggs, rice, and water. Mix well with hands.
- 10If too mushy, add a little more rice. Form golf ball size meat balls, and then store briefly in refrigerator to get firmer.
- 11Place meatballs on top of cabbage on sauce. Cover and simmer approx 15 minutes till meatballs feel firm.
- 12Then gently mix meat balls into sauce. Let pot simmer for approx 45 minutes, then add lemon. Taste for lemon taste, if not add more lemon.
- 13Then add raisins, honey, and then sugar a little at time to taste. Cook for another 15 minutes, then mix gently, uncover and remove from heat.
- 14Try not to eat right away so flavors can infuse. Tastes better when eaten the second day, but don't overheat. Only reheat what you will eat at that sitting.
- 15This freezes well.
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Nutritional Facts for Grandma Elaine's Unstuffed Sweet & Sour Cabbage
Serving Size: 1 (976 g)
Servings Per Recipe: 4
- Amount Per Serving
- % Daily Value
- Calories 814.9
- Calories from Fat 265
- Total Fat 29.5 g
- Saturated Fat 10.5 g
- Cholesterol 253.1 mg
- Sodium 2801.5 mg
- Total Carbohydrate 86.1 g
- Dietary Fiber 10.8 g
- Sugars 60.8 g
- Protein 56.6 g