Quick "unstuffed" Sweet-And-Sour Cabbage and Beef

"Good if you don't have time to fuss and make old-fashioned stuffed cabbage."
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  • In a 12-inch-wide, deep skillet or a Dutch oven, cook the ground beef and onion over medium heat, breaking up the meat with a spoon. When the meat has browned and the onion is tender, spoon off and discard any fat in the skillet.
  • Add the tomato sauce, applesauce, water, vinegar, brown sugar, and pepper. Bring the mixture to a boil, stirring constantly. Stir in the cabbage, which will wilt as it cooks and become more compact.
  • Lower the heat and simmer, covered, stirring occasionally, for 25 to 30 minutes, or until cabbage is tender. Stir in the cooked rice and heat a few minutes longer, until it is cooked through. This is most easily served in bowls.

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  1. This was good, but the flavors were a little muted for my taste. I would use 1/3-1/2 cup each of vinegar and brown sugar. The onions should be sauteed until soft before adding the beef to minimize the raw onion bite. I used a napa cabbage, and I also added a big handful of raisins.
  2. Years ago, I had a recipe almost identical to this that was my older daughter's favorite. I add about 1/3 cup of raisins and either serve the cabbage and beef over rice or over mashed potatoes. Leftovers make a good soup--add broth, carrots and celery.


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