Braised Beef and Cabbage

"When I wasn't looking, the butcher wrapped up a lump of meat that looked like a lawnmover had run over it. Lacking the language skills to try to complain or exchange it, I did this with it and my husband couldn't rave enough over how good it was!"
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Ready In:
3hrs 30mins




  • Sprinkle the beef cubes (mine were pretty small, maybe 1/2") with salt and pepper and brown in batches in oil over medium-high heat. Be sure to leave enough space between the beef chunks so that they actually brown and don't steam/boil when they release their liquid.
  • In the bottom of an oven proof lidded glass or ceramic baking dish (or a crockpot), layer onion and cabbage and top with beef. Repeat layering, finishing with beef.
  • Open the tomatoes use them and the liquid with them to deglaze the pan in which the meat was browned. Break up the tomatoes while you do this.
  • Pour contents of the pan over the layered meat, cabbage, and onions.
  • Cover the pot and place in a slow oven (about 200-250 degrees F) for about 2 hours.
  • Check meat for tenderness and serve or continue cooking until tender.
  • Serve with sour cream or feta cheese.

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  1. Judith Fraser
    This was very easy to prepare and has a wonderful flavor. I like all the ingredients. However, it wasn't cooked after 2 hours. I needed to turn temperature up to 350 and baked for another hour. The meat was very tender by then and flavors melded nicely. Next time I will start at 350 and go from there. Thank you for a lovely recipe.


Back in the US after 10 years abroad. Good to be home and have good access to more familiar ingredients, however, I also loved all that I learned in my beloved adoptive country of Macedonia. I also had the privilege of running an American style bakery during my last 3 years in Skopje. Baking is my addiction, but I do love all sorts of cooking. My husband recently ended his 15 year low-carb lifestyle, so we are both busy packing on the pounds and being able to eat forbidden foods together now! Love it (but not how snug my pants are!).
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