Stuffed Cabbage

READY IN: 3hrs 5mins




  • Core out the cabbage.
  • Bring water to boil in a good sized pot.
  • Place cabbage in so cut side will be down in pot.
  • Let simmer several minutes and one by one remove leaves. Pile them on top of each other so that the steam will continue to soften them a bit.
  • When cooled, remove the hard vein of cabbage with a knife so that the leaves are about the same thickness. You should have 18 to 20 leaves.
  • Pick out the 15 nicest and set the rest aside. It may come in handy for "repairs" of the other leaves. Then slice thin. This suggestion was taken by one of the readers.
  • Peel and dice onions.
  • In a medium frypan, place olive oil and the chopped onions. Saute on medium low until the onions have softened quite a bit. Shut heat off.
  • To the onions now add the rice (uncooked). Stir and let cool. The rice will absorb some of the flavor of the sauteed onions.
  • In a large bowl, add the meats, seasonings, egg and cooled onion/rice mixture. Mix well.
  • Divide meat mixture into 15 portions.
  • Place meat mixture in the center bottom portion of the cabbage leaf. Roll up and tuck in the cabbage at both ends.
  • Now retrieve the sliced up left over cabbage and place in on the bottom of a 4 quart ovenproof pot. Layer the rolls on top of this and pour about 2 cups of ketchup on top.
  • Add water so that the rolls are covered by at least 1/2" of water.
  • Cover with lid or foil and bake at 350 degrees for 2 hours 15 minutes.