Mom's Cabbage Rolls

Recipe by Irmgard
READY IN: 3hrs




  • With a large, sharp knife, cut out the core from the cabbage.
  • Place the cabbage in a deep pot and pour boiling water into the core until the cabbage is completely covered.
  • Let stand until the outer leaves can be separated, then parboil or steam the leaves just until soft and pliable.
  • Continue with the remainder of the cabbage.
  • In a saucepan, bring 2 cups of water to a boil; add the rice.
  • Reduce the heat to low and cook, covered, for 15 minutes; drain.
  • Meanwhile, in a separate saucepan, cook the bacon over medium heat until all the fat is drawn out.
  • Add the onions; cook until lightly browned.
  • Add to the cooked rice; season with salt to taste.
  • Line a roasting pan with the outer cabbage leaves.
  • Place a spoonful of the rice mixture onto each inner cabbage leaf; roll up, tucking in the ends, and place in the pan.
  • If necessary, trim out the centre rib of the leaf to make rolling easier.
  • Pour tomato juice over the cabbage rolls.
  • Cover with more cabbage leaves.
  • Cover and bake in a 350 degree F oven for 1-1/2 to 2 hours or until tender.