Friday, January 21, 2011

" Hey Ma what's for dinner?" Cabbage Rolls 101

Someone once told me they thought that a good name for a small diner would be Hey Ma What's for dinner?". So thought I would use it for my blog title.  Today's receipe is one taught to me by my grandmother. One of Charlie's favs.  About as easy as they come to make, and even better left overs.
Took step by step pictures to show just how easy they are to make.
Ingredients are 2lbs ground beef. 2lbs ground pork, 1 1/2 cups long grain rice, large can diced tomatoes, chopped onion, 3 large heads of cabbage. the bigger the better.  Beef broth. Jar of sauerkraut, opptional.  I make one pot with the diced tomatoes beef broth base and the second batch is the sauerkraut on the bottom of pot, beef broth.  both are good, just depends on your preference to the soup base. If you want to make a small batch, the meat is equal parts, so you would do 1lb beef 1lb pork, probably reduce rice to 3/4 cup. .. top it off with some fresh baked bread and you have a meal for a couple of days.

boil large pot of water to blanche the cabbage, this allows them to
pull off nice and easy. Only needs to be in the boiling water about 5 minutes, you will
see the cabbage opening up.

Mix, ground beef, pork, rice, salt and pepper.

portion the meat into balls a little bit larger than golf balls. they can be bigger if you have nice big cabbage leafs to roll.

                                                           Roll up like you would a burritto.

                                                 makes about 2 1/2 dozen

 Add to pot, opps. In the pot is onion, large can of stewed tomatoes, and beef broth, just enough liquid to cover rolls cover with lid, and simmer on low for about 45 minutes. You can taste one if rice is done, your good to go.

Yum! Yum!
thanks grandma for teaching me how to cook!

and This is why i LOVE to COOK!


  1. Oh my gosh... I can't wait to try this! J and I both love everything in them. Thanks!