24 Reviews

I skipped the rasins. This recipe is to die for. It has all the ingredients for a winning combination.

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Mimi Bobeck February 10, 2003

I make this recipe all the time. I omitted the raisins and used diced tomatoes instead of whole tomatoes. To save time, omit making the meatballs. Add all the ingredients in pot and cook until cabbage is done.

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Diane S January 23, 2006

Wow what comfort food!! I LOVE cabbage rolls and this is the only way to go instead of spending hours in the kitchen messing with the old fashioned way. I used 3 - 16 oz. cans of tomato sauce because I didn't have canned tomatoes. I also sauteed the cabbage and onions in batches with cooking spray until wilted and lightly carmelized. Used garlic powder, kosher salt & black pepper in both the sauce and the meatballs. As a last thought I added 1 - 16 oz. can of undrained sauerkraut (the unsweetened kind) because that is what I add to my cabbage rolls when I make them. This is a keeper!!! Thanks so much for sharing!

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mammafishy February 08, 2010

The taste was not bad however next time i would cut back on the amount of honey. Also, the meatballs were way too dense for my liking. Next time I would either just add as rice and ground beef or add moistened bread to the meatballs to lighten them up.

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jerryheintz August 23, 2009

I used a combination of chopped sirloin and ground round, and added a can of tomato paste to thicken the sauce a bit. The result was wonderful! Great stuffed cabbage taste without the fuss. Thanks, Chia!

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H2O June 02, 2003

Unstuffed Cabbage "Unstuffed Cabbage"

Hi Chia, I made your delicious recipe tonight. Hubby and I both enjoyed it.
I did make a few changes because of what I did/did not have on hand, and personal preferences. I had to use 36 ounces of tomato sauce, because I did not have any canned chopped or fresh tomatoes. I used 1 lb 93% lean ground beef and 1/2 lb lean ground pork. I omitted the raisins and 1/4c honey, and added 1Tb sugar to the cabbage/sauce mixture instead (a la my Polish M-I-L). Although I used 1 1/2 lbs meat I kept the rice measurement the same (1/2 cup). I sauteed the onions in a bit of oil, then added the chopped cabbage to the pot. After letting that cook together a bit, I added the tomato sauce, water, 1Tb sugar, and 1/4c lemon juice to the pot as per your directions. While waiting for the pot to boil, I made the meatballs.
I mixed the ground beef, ground pork, salt and pepper together. I added about 1/3 cup low fat milk to the meat mixture (stirred the Worcestershire sauce into the milk), and added the 1/2 cup raw long grain white rice to the meat mixture. Mixed until all was well combined, then rolled the mixture into 12 good sized meatballs which I added to the pot of cabbage. Brought all to a boil, then reduced heat and let it simmer, covered for 2 hours, (stirred it occasionally). Hubby was impressed as was I....it wasn't exactly his mom's stuffed cabbage, but it was close and so much less work. This recipe will make it into the monthly menu plan. (Stuffed cabbage isn't just for "special" anymore!) I may try a pressure cooker version of this when the weather gets warmer. Served it with sauteed potato pierogie and Zywiec (Polish) beer. A wonderful dinner, thanks for posting it!

I divided the leftovers into 6 portions and froze them for future dinners.

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Dee514 March 05, 2012

This is so easy and so delicious! I used brown rice and diced tomatoes. I put in golden raisins and they add so much! I didn't bother making meatballs, just put in the meat and chopped it into bitesize pieces. This recipe is definitely a Keeper!

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777maggie February 20, 2012

This was so good! Mouthwatering smell when cooking, reminded me of home. Comfort food for sure.Like suggested by some reviewers I used brown sugar instead of honey and soy sauce instead of Worcestershire. Furthermore I made the meatballs with ground chicken to which I added one teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon white pepper. Was a little apprehensive of using raw rice for the meatballs. Have never done that and thought the rice wouldn't get cooked (soft) but there was no need to worry. The cabbage I used was Savoy cabbage and I cut the leaves into stripes. The raisins gave an extra subtle flavour, very good indeed. What else can I say, this will be made many more times.
I got 5 generous helpings and can also report that it freezes very well.
Thanks for posting.

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Chef Dudo December 16, 2010

This recipe is excellent!!! It just dont get any better get any this...It was very easy to put together and the taste was awesome!!! I added garlic powder,basil and one beaten egg to the meatballs and used brown sugar instead of honey It will be made very often in our home ...Thank you Chia for a great recipe.

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Poppa Dude April 30, 2010

Good comfort food. I didn't use the raisins didn't have any. Thanks.

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Frybread Queen December 18, 2009
Unstuffed Cabbage