Kittencal's Cabbage Rolls
August 09, 2011
Categories: Comfort Food, Dinner, Main Dish, Beef, Ground Beef, Vegetables, Cabbage, Budget-Friendly, Cooking With Condensed Soup, Freezer (OAMC), Baby Shower, Brunch, Christmas, Entertaining, Fall/Autumn, Father's Day, Game/Sports Day, Mother's Day, Potluck, Sunday Dinner, Thanksgiving, Winter, Oven Bake, Gluten-Free, No Eggs, Canned Tomatoes, Make it from scratch more
"For me this is a 2-day affair, I remove all the leaves from the cabbage heads and make the beef/pork filling one day ahead, if you decide to do everything in one day you are looking at a large about of prep time and you will need to start early in the day. Make sure to use two large cabbage heads or 3 medium, you will need extra cabbage leaves to line the bottom of your pan, this will prevent the rolls from over browning and burning which may happen during the long cooking time, make sure that the heads of cabbage are frozen then completely thawed before starting this recipe this will allow for easy removal of the leaves, allow the frozen cabbage heads thaw at room temperature overnight in bowls, no need to precook the ground beef it will cook thoroughly in the oven, the sauerkraut as optional if you are a sauerkraut-lover then add it in I most always do it really adds extra flavor to the cabbage and you may use more than 1/2 cup if desired. You should get a minimum of 30 cabbage rolls but it will depend on how many leaves you use."
- MEAT FILLING
- TOMATO SAUCE
- Serving Size: 1 (191.2 g)
- Calories 171.1
- Total Fat - 7.7 g
- Saturated Fat - 2.7 g
- Cholesterol - 42.2 mg
- Sodium - 573.3 mg
- Total Carbohydrate - 13.3 g
- Dietary Fiber - 3.3 g
- Sugars - 5.6 g
- Protein - 12.6 g
- Calcium - 64.4 mg
- Iron - 1.9 mg
- Vitamin C - 36.8 mg
- Thiamin - 0.2 mg
Step by Step Method
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Set oven rack to second-lowest position.
Grease a large roasting pan (the cabbage rolls will not fit into a 13x9-inch pan)
Make certain that the cabbage heads are completely thawed before using for this (to do this remove the heads of cabbage from freezer and place in a bowl then thaw at room temperature overnight).
Line the bottom of the roasting pan with a thin layer of cabbage leaves, since you will not be using the smaller leaves from the cabbage heads just use them for lining your pan (due to the long cooking time this will protect the rolls from over browning/burning in the pan while cooking).
Using a small sharp paring knife CAREFULLY remove the hard core/stem from the center of the head/s then remove the leaves from the cabbage, you may need to keep slicing off some middle part to remove the leaves easier, carefully remove the leaves off of the head/s.
Using your hands gently squeeze out 2 to 3 leaves at a time to remove excess water, then place the leaves in a large bowl; set aside.
For the meat filling: using clean hands mix all ingredients together for the meat filling in large bowl until thoroughly combined.
For the sauce, in a large bowl combine all sauce ingredients together until blended (adjust the salt and pepper to taste).
Using a large spoon or a ladle drizzle half of the sauce over the leaves in the pan then spread out to cover the leaves (does not have to cover the leaves completely).
Stuff the cabbage leaves tightly but carefully with the meat mixture (I use about 1/3-cup for larger leaves).
Roll up tightly and place the rolls in a single layer on top of the cabbage leaves and sauce in the baking dish.
Drizzle the remaining sauce over the rolls (using a butter knife separate the rolls slightly to insure the sauce settles between and around each roll).
Sprinkle about 1/2 cup or a little more sauerkraut over the sauce (if using).
If your using a large roaster pan you will not need to place on a baking sheet but if your using a smaller pan I suggest to place the pan on a large jelly-roll pan to catch any spills. Cover the pan/s tightly with heavy-duty foil.
Bake at 350 degrees F for about 2 to 2 1/2 hours or until the cabbage is very tender (the cooking time will vary depending on how thick the cabbage leaves are(I usually check after about 1 hour).
Tips & Variations
- Large roasting pan