Friday, May 24, 2013

Cabbage Rolls Italian Style

Scripture to Live By:
Put on then, as God's chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. 
Colossians 3:12-15

Recipe Post:
My son and his family are coming to visit this weekend.  When my grown up children come to visit, I always ask them what meals they would like for me to fix.  My son said he would like Cabbage Rolls for one of the meals.

I have made Cabbage Rolls for many years.  I used to cook them on the stove top, but many times I would end up burning the cabbage, that touched the bottom of the pan.  Baking them alleviates this problem.   

Printable Recipe If you would like to make them, this is what you will need:
1 1/2 pounds of ground beef (I used ground chicken breast)
12 cabbage leaves (One large head)
1 cup Minute rice
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
2 24 ounce jars of Italian spaghetti sauce
1 cup of Italian seasoned bread crumbs
1 egg
1/2 cup of chopped onions
Honey to taste (approx 1 to 2 teaspoons) Optional

I made five times this recipe and I will freeze part of them to  have when my daughter and her family come to visit.

The first thing you do is blanch your cabbage.  I do this by putting the cabbage in a pot, covering it with water and bring it to a boil. Cook it until the cabbage is translucent.

While the cabbage is cooking,  combine all other ingredients in a large bowl. (Use only 1/2 jar of spaghetti sauce in the mixture.

When  cabbage is somewhat translucent remove cabbage from pot and drain.  Cut the leaves close to the core of the cabbage, loosening the leaves, as shown below.  Trim veins on cabbage leaves.

Divide you mixture into twelve balls equally. Shape mixture into oblong balls and place in the center of each cabbage leaf.  Then begin to roll the  cabbage to the inside as seen below.

Roll leaves up and place in a 9 x 13 dish.

 Pour the remaining spaghetti sauce over the rolls.  Then cover dish with aluminum foil.

 Bake at 350 for 1 hour.  Makes 12 servings.

Remove from the oven and cool slightly before serving.

I like to serve the cabbage rolls with Calico Beans and potato salad.

If you like a lot of sauce with your cabbage roll you can add more spaghetti sauce or you can make a sauce to go on them that is more like the original Cabbage Rolls. 
(Add after cooked as a side dish. Your 9 x 13 dish will boil over is to much sauce is added while cooking.)  
The recipe for this is as follows.  
1 teaspoon of honey
1 Tablespoon of corn starch
1/2 teaspoon of lemon juice
1 can of tomato soup
1 can of water

Mix the above ingredients and cook until it starts to boil.  Pour the sauce over the cabbage rolls.

My family really enjoys Cabbage Rolls Italian Style.  Hope you will try them.


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  1. Colossians 3:12-15 -- I needed these encouraging words today, thank you!

    The recipe looks very yummy!

    1. Thank you Bibi for your comment. So glad I could encourage you with God's word. Blessings to you.

  2. well, it's not only look good also tastes superb! especially will be a good option for spicy food lovers.

    1. Thank you Mary for viewing my post and leaving an encouraging comment. Blessings

  3. I'll be trying this recipe! Do you freeze the the rolls before or after you bake them? Also, do you need to thaw them out before baking the frozen rolls? I hope to make this & freeze half of it for later.

    1. Hi Jenny, thank you for viewing my post. I freeze my cabbage rolls after I bake them. I thaw the ones I take out of the freeze and then heat them in the microwave, then put them in the crock pot to keep them warm.

  4. I've always wanted to try making cabbage rolls. These sound really good. I might try making them with sausage!

    1. Thank you for viewing my post. Making them with sausage sound good. Let me know how they turn out if you do.

  5. Jo Ann, It looks delicious! Thanks for including the printable recipe. I always thought they were too complicated but the recipe takes out the guesswork. We are members of your great blog and invite you to join us. I love that you started out with the Scripture to live by. It all comes down to love.

    Peace and Love,
    Linda at The French Hens Nest

  6. Jeannie and Linda, Thank you for viewing my blog for your encouraging comment. Thank you also for being followers of my blog. Thank you for the invitation to join you on your blog. I am your newest follower. I am glad that you enjoy the Scripture I begin with. Blessings to the both of you. Have a great weekend.

  7. Yummy! That dinner plate looks amazing! I think I need to go have a snack, looking at this has made me hungry! :)
    Heidi @

  8. Hi Jo Ann,
    Sure wish I had a plate of your awesome Cabbage Rolls! Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and have a fabulous weekend.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  9. Looks very yummy! I've never tried cabbage rolls before, but looks like it might need to be something we give a try. Thanks so much for linking up at the Real Family Fun link party! Hope to see you next week.

  10. Thanks so much for sharing with Adorned From Above's Blog Hop 55. We can't wait to see what you have for us this week. This weeks party is live.
    Have a great week.
    Debi and Charly @ Adorned From Above



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