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Monday, March 7, 2011

Stuffed Cabbage

This is a great Saint Patrick's Day Dinner or any other time of the year. Easy to make and very good.



STUFFED CABBAGE
(serves 8)

Ingredients:
*3 tablespoon olive oil
*2 medium yellow onions, chopped
*2 garlic cloves, minced
*2 (28 ounce) cans crushed tomatoes & their juice.
*1/4 cup red wine vinegar
*1/2 cup light brown sugar
*1/2 cup raisins (optional)
*1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
*1 teaspoon ground black pepper
*1 large green cabbage
*2 pounds hamburger
*1/2 pound ground pork
*4 large eggs, lightly beaten
*1 large onion, chopped
*1/2 cup dried breadcrumbs
*1 cup cooked white rice
*1/2 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
*3 tablespoons freshly grated parmesan cheese
*1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
*1 teaspoon ground black pepper

Directions:
~In a large saucepan, heat olive oil & onions, cook over medium heat over medium-low heat for 6-8 minutes or until onions are translucent.
~Add tomatoes, vinegar, brown sugar, raisins, salt & pepper.
~Bring to a boil, and lower heat to a simmer.
~Simmer, uncovered for 30-40 minutes, stirring occasionally.
~Bring a large pot of salted water to boil.
~Remove the core from the cabbage.
~Carefully put the cabbage into the boiling water for a couple minutes.
~Remove from water, and carefully remove leaves, . If they don't remove easily and aren't flexible, return to water for a minute.
~In a large mixing bowl, combine the beef, pork, eggs, onion, breadcrumbs, rice, thyme, parmesan cheese, salt, & pepper.
~Add 1 cup sauce to the meat mixture and mix lightly with a fork.
~Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
~Place one 1 cup of tomato sauce in the bottom of a large dutch oven.
~Remove the hard rib from the bottom of each cabbage leaf, with a sharp knife.
~Place about 1/2 cup of filling in an oval shape near the rib edge of each leaf.
~Roll up towards the top of leaf, tucking in the sides like a burrito, as you roll.
~Place the 1/2 of of the cabbage rolls, seam sides down, over the sauce.
~Add another cup of sauce over top of cabbage rolls.
~Add the rest of the cabbage rolls over sauce, seam sides down.
~Add remaining sauce.
~Cover dutch oven, and bake 1 hour or until the meat is cooked.

Variation:
`omit pork

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