Cabbage Rolls For Supper

D603D5F5-05A7-40FE-8EF0-1A1A18755B71We make as much of our Christmas supper that we can ahead of time. Over the years as our family grew it has become a necessity. Today my wife is making cabbage rolls, there part of our Christmas supper. Since she makes lots we will have some for supper. You get large ones from the outer leaves, those we have for supper. She takes the best looking ones for Christmas, the not so pretty ones we’ll eat another day. I do something that may seem strange when I have cabbage rolls. I like to have soy sauce with mine. Maybe I am biased but I think my wife makes great cabbage rolls. My input into them is minor, I make the rice and chop stuff. My wife does all the rest and that is the hard part. What makes the cabbage rolls my wife makes so good is the quantities she uses. In the cookbooks I have there are lots of recipes for cabbage rolls and all of them are 80 to 90 percent rice, some don’t have ground beef other no bacon or onions. My wife ends up with the mixture of ground beef, bacon, onions so that it’s only around 60 percent rice. I will just give you the filling for the cabbage rolls.

2 lbs cooked lean ground beef drain off the fat

1 pound chopped bacon

2 finely diced onions

4 minced cloves garlic

1 and 1/2 teaspoons salt

1 teaspoon pepper

1 tablespoon bacon fat

6 to 8 cups cooked rice

Cook the bacon, onion, and garlic until the bacon is crisp. Drain and reserve 1 tablespoon of the fat. In a large bowl mix ground beef with the bacon, garlic, onion mixture. Add in the salt, pepper, bacon fat then mix in the amount of rice needed to come to about a 60 percent rice. The nice part of this is that you can make this before hand and freeze it. You just have to thaw it out when you make the cabbage rolls. My wife made the filling about 10 days ago. The cabbage rolls were layered in a roasting pan and topped with a mixture of tomato juice and tomato soup. Covered and baked for 3 hours in a 350 oven. The ones for Christmas Day will be thawed out and reheated in a 350 oven for 40 minutes.

About Graham Stewart

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1 Response to Cabbage Rolls For Supper

  1. Cathy says:

    Your the one who taught Richard and I to eat these with soya sauce. Now we know LOL

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