Prep 20 mins
Cook 50 mins
I never made cabbage rolls before, but there was a great sale on cabbage at the local grocery store. I was inspired. I could not find any cabbage roll recipes on here that "hit the taste buds", so I developed my own and they came out SO good. My daughter ate them up like they were candy and I knew I hit upon something good, so here I am hoping to share it with all the zaar friends. Please let me know if any of this is confusing. I will fix it if possible.
- 1 lb hamburger
- 1 Italian sausage, link without the skin this is for taste (optional)
- 1 cup rice (cooked)
- 1⁄2 lb orzo pasta (cooked)
- 2 carrots, skinned and chopped small
- 1 head cabbage
- 1 onion, chopped fine
- 1⁄4 cup green pepper
- 1 egg
- italian seasoning
- I have not mastered separating cabbage leaves, so I will not instruct how to do so.
- But remove 8 cabbage leaves and boil them or boil them and then remove them.
- Cook the carrots, green pepper and onion until carrots are slightly soft.
- In separate bowl, mix together the hamburger and the sausage, the cooked veggies, egg, rice, and pasta. Mix together like a meatloaf.
- Add all seasonings (did not add measurements to seasonings because it is all to taste). Once the mixture is mixed add them to the cabbage leaves. Roll the cabbage leaves around the filling and lay the rolls down with the open side down.
- I did 2 layers on top of the other in a casserole dish.
- Add 1/4 cup of water to dish and cover tightly. Put in oven at 350°F for about 45 minutes to an hour.
- Check to make sure mixture is cooked.
- Remove rolls from pan and either serve plain like this or serve with some sauce on top of it~*~HINT~*~ After I was all done making the rolls I had a considerable amount of stuff left so I sliced up the rest of the cabbage finely and laid it at the bottom of a casserole dish.
- I added a touch of water to the cabbage, maybe 2 tablespoons.
- I then spread out the hamburger mixture on top and I covered it and baked it on 350°F for about an hour while we ate the rolls.
- I then let it cool slightly and froze it.
- When I was ready to eat it, I removed it from the freezer, thawed it a little and cooked it in the microwave until warm/hot. Then I added sauce to the top and served it for supper.
Although I do not make my stuffed cabbage like this, it sounds really good. Here are a few suggestions. I found an easy way to remove the cabbage leaves (but it takes a little patience). Put a large pot of water on to boil. Core out the cabbage. Put the whole head in the pot with the cored out bottom facing up. As the leaves start to separate remove them. They will be cooked just enough to roll. Be sure to thin the hard stalky part or they will not roll up neatly. Also, I cook mine in tomato sauce. Just plain tomato sauce that you buy in a can. Layer the rolls in the pan and pour on enough sauce to cover. Cover with foil and bake. YUMMY!