My Mom's "Secret" Cabbage Roll Recipe
Recipe type: Supper
They may sound complicated but they are quite easy to make and well worth the effort! These would be great for a potluck party because the recipe makes quite a bit of cabbage rolls. The quantity depends on how large you make each of the cabbage rolls but I'd say you'd get between 25-40 with this recipe.
  • 1 large sour cabbage head
  • 3 pounds lean ground beef
  • 1 pound medium ground pork
  • 2 envelopes of "Super Burger" mix
  • 1 cup of water
  • 2 tablespoons minced onion
  • 2 large celery stalks, diced
  • 1.5 cups white rice, uncooked
  • 1.36 L tin of tomato juice
  1. Preheat oven to 350F and coat the inside of a large roasting pan with cooking spray.
  2. Using a knife, dig out about an inch of the core on the cabbage head.
  3. Gently pull off the cabbage leaves and let them soak in a large bowl of water until you are ready to use them. You can rinse off the cabbage leaves if you'd like less of a "sour" taste.
  4. In a separate large bowl, break up the beef and pork.
  5. In a small bowl, mix Super Burger mixes with 1 cup of water. Stir until dissolved.
  6. Pour Super Burger mix into the bowl with the meat and stir well until the meat is evenly coated.
  7. Add minced onion to meat mixture and mix well.
  8. Add celery to meat mixture and mix well.
  9. Add rice to meat mixture (a little at a time) and mix well.
  10. Drain cabbage leaves.
  11. Take one cabbage leaf and lay it down on a flat surface (spine down).
  12. Add enough meat mixture to the leaf to make a plump cabbage roll but leave enough space to still fold in the sides.
  13. Fold over each side and tightly roll the cabbage roll.
  14. Place the cabbage roll in the roasting pan with the end of the leaf face down.
  15. Continue to do this with the rest of the cabbage and meat mixture.
  16. Once all of the cabbage rolls are in the roasting pan, pour tomato juice over the cabbage rolls and fill the roasting pan with water until most of the cabbage rolls are covered in liquid.
  17. Place in oven and bake for 90 minutes. Before removing from oven, slice open a large cabbage roll to make sure that it is cooked thoroughly.
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