Shapiro's Stuffed Cabbage

"Shapario's is a local deli that is well known in the Midwest. A few years ago the recipe for their stuffed cabbage was published in a local newspaper. Anyone who is a fan of cabbage rolls will love this!"
Shapiro's Stuffed Cabbage created by Kathy228
Ready In:
2hrs 30mins




  • Core cabbage and blanch in a large pot of boiling water until leaves begin to loosen.
  • Soak bread in red wine.
  • Combine ground chuck, onion, celery and egg; mix in wet bread (bare hands are the best tools for this.
  • Add tomato juice, rice, salt and pepper.
  • Carefully peel off cabbage leaves and roll each around 1 to 2 tablespoons of the meat mixture, tucking in the sides to hold it together.
  • Repeat until all the beef is wrapped. There should be 18 to 20 packets.
  • Chop remaining cabbage leaves and reserve 4 cups.
  • Prepare sauce: In a large stock pot heat stewed tomatoes, puree, water, brown sugar and lemon juice. Crumble gingersnaps and stir into mixture.
  • Stir in raisins and chopped cabbage leaves. (Taste at this point and add more salt and pepper if necessary).
  • Carefully add stuffed cabbage packets to sauce.
  • Cover and cook over medium-low heat for 1 hour and 15 minutes.
  • Check occasionally and add 1/4 to 1/2 cup tomato juice to sauce if it seems to be drying out.

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  1. FrenchBunny
    Don't know if these taste like Shapiro's but they are excellent cabbage rolls. I had enough mixture to make 25 rolls. Not sure which cabbage you used but I used savoy cabbage because it is my favorite. I also used a half/half mix of veal and beef and the meat filling was so yummy. The sauce was very flavorful too and the right amount. But I will probably have to add a bit of tomato juice or sauce when I take out of the freezer for another meal. These are excellent with mashed potatoes or risotto. Thanks for sharing a wonderful recipe Mary
  2. FrenchBunny
    Shapiro's Stuffed Cabbage Created by FrenchBunny
  3. Nado2003
    Mary K.W., I love Shapiro's Stuffed Cabbage. When I lived in Indianapolis we used to go to Shapiro and that's what I would order. Now that I live in Southern California I miss Shapiro. Thank you for this posting. Would you happen to have Shapiro's Macaroni and Cheese recipe, because I LOVE that. Thank you.
  4. Moor Driver
    Fantastic sauce! Really delicious. I made half with ground beef and the other half vegetarian (with quorn mince) and everyone loved it.
  5. Kathy228
    Shapiro's Stuffed Cabbage Created by Kathy228



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