Who likes cabbage rolls? I like cabbage rolls, very much so. I know I know, the smell of cooking cabbage, if you can just forget about that for 20 minutes they taste absolutely delicious! On the menu today, Cabbage Rolls! They are very simple to make and do not have many ingredients, you probably have everything on hand, well maybe except the cabbage?! Here we go…
1 medium to large size head of cabbage
1-2 lbs extra lean beef hamburger
1 Egg, slightly beaten
1 cup of rice (converted, not the quick cooking kind)
1 Can Heinz Tomato Juice 1.36L (The can with less sodium)
Salt and Pepper
In a large bowl, combine your hamburger meat, the slightly beaten egg, the rice and salt and pepper. Mix well and set aside. Fill a large pot with water and bring to a boil, reduce heat to low-med so it is simmering. Cut off the hard core of your cabbage and put the cabbage in the simmering water for about 10 minutes then turn heat to low. Your cabbage leaves should easily pull off, be careful not to tear any. Place them on a large plate and begin to make your cabbage roll ups. Take a leaf and cut the hard piece (in the center of leaf) off on each leaf in a v-shape (see picture). Place about 1 Tablespoon of the meat mixture on the leaf and begin rolling up. Make sure you wrap so no meat is exposed and they are tight. Secure it with one toothpick (you only need one toothpick so try hard not to use 3 or 4, like I did my first time making these, lol!) Place on a plate and continue making your rolls until all your leaves are used. I always have extra of the meat mix so I make meatballs with the leftovers. In a large saucepan, add your Heinz tomato juice. Now place all your meatballs into the juice, and next your cabbage rolls. Keep your heat on low-medium, not too high and cook until the meatballs are cooked through. The juice will thicken up on it’s own. An easy, simple and pretty quick meal. Don’t forget, make extra so you can put in the freezer, they freeze very well.