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    Stuffed Cabbage (Ukrainian Prockus)

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    3 hrs

    30 mins

    2 hrs 30 mins

    Alan Leonetti's Note:

    This is a dish from the Ukraine that was brought to the United States during the late 1800's or early 1900's by my maternal grandmother, Anna Buhal'tsev (Bell) Mersky, who came from Smela Gubernyia, which is near Cherkassy and Kiev in the Ukraine. It is ABSOLUTELY DELICIOUS!!!

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    1. 1
      Combine the cranberry sauce, tomato sauce, 2 cups tap water and brown sugar and bring to boil.
    2. 2
      Reduce to a simmer and add white raisins.
    3. 3
      Simmer 5 minutes.
    4. 4
      Core the heads of cabbage and place into a large pot.
    5. 5
      Cover with boiling water.
    6. 6
      Cover the pot and cook 10 to 15 minutes.
    7. 7
      Remove from hot water.
    8. 8
      Then cover the cabbage with cold water and separate the leaves.
    9. 9
      You may have to replace the inner half of the cabbage into the hot water, in order to soften the rest of the leaves.
    10. 10
      When the rest of the cabbage is done, place that into the cold water and separate those leaves.
    11. 11
      In a mixing bowl place the raw ground meat, raw rice, 1 egg, 3 saltine crackers that are soaked and squeezed dry, graded onion, 1/4 cup warm water, 1 tablespoon ketchup, salt and pepper to taste.
    12. 12
      After mixing the meat mixture well, fill the cabbage leaves with the meat mixture, rolling them closed, and place the large golf ball sized balls into a deep roasting pan.
    13. 13
      Cover with the tomato sauce mixture.
    14. 14
      Cover the pan with the lid or with heavy duty aluminum foil and bake in pre-heated 375 degree oven for 1 hour.
    15. 15
      Remove the cover and continue to bake at 375 degrees for an additional hour.
    16. 16
      You can either serve immediately or freeze until needed.

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    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on May 01, 2011


      I like this but my Russian-born son found it too sweet. I think we both prefer stuffed cabbage cooked in tomato juice or V8.

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    • on November 05, 2006


      This was a very tasty recipe. Loved the cranberry in the sauce.

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    • on June 24, 2005


      I only had one small cabbage so made 18 rolls of various sizes. The dish was excellent. The meat filling was very light - perfect. The combination of cranberry and tomato in the sauce was very good, quite a step above regular tomato sauce. This will definitely become a part of our regular fare. Thank you Alan!

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    Nutritional Facts for Stuffed Cabbage (Ukrainian Prockus)

    Serving Size: 1 (5655 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 1

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 460.5
    Calories from Fat 111
    Total Fat 12.3 g
    Saturated Fat 4.6 g
    Cholesterol 66.9 mg
    Sodium 531.8 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 72.0 g
    Dietary Fiber 6.6 g
    Sugars 53.4 g
    Protein 19.0 g

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