preheat oven 350
I made this for my dh the other night .The real goal had been to make him cabbage rolls. My dh loves Ukrainian food ☺
usually we make a cabbage roll casserole with the scrapes of cabbage left over from making rolls . However you can also make it as an easy cheat to save a bit of time in that you need not roll and fry each cabbage roll ;-)
First off I took 1/2 pack of bacon and chopped it raw and fried with 2 chopped onions . I then threw in lean ground beef and browned them altogether .
Now this is something about cabbage rolls . some people use raw ground beef and some use cooked . I chose to cook mine always because I just am to worried to start off with putting raw meat in the roll.
I should say that this is also the time I put on 2 c of raw long grain rice to cook 20min.
Once browned I added one can of dices tomatoes. and add salt & pepper .
I don't like garlic in cabbage rolls but you can add if you like
I cooked my cabbage how I would if I were to be making rolls just so You can see the method .
Normally if I'm just making casserole I'd chop the cabbage now and cook already chopped .
put a big pot of water on to boil and core your cabbage .
Place Your cabbage in the boiling water and place lid on .
The cabbage will slowly steam cook and You can then peel the leaves off one by one as they cook ☺
Okay this is a step only the good and old time cabbage roll makers do and it is a key step in great flavour ;-)
many people skip this because it adds another task to the job or people don't know of it .
Add butter to your cast iron pan
Pick off the leaves and place in butter
. Brown the leaves in the butter .
As I mentioned I normally would've chopped the cabbage up before cooking .
I also took my meat tomatoe mix and added rice to it . Mix all up and it is ready to roll or layer in casserole
Line the bottom of casserole with some juice from a can of tomatoes
Layer first with chopped browned cabbage , then layer with rice meat mixture .
keep layering ending with layer of cabbage
Now top with Tomatoe juice or more diced tomatoes .some people usually this is a German custom add thick cream to the juice .Some cheat and use canned tomatoe soup but I personally think it tastes gross .
Top casserole and cover , bake for 1/2hr -45min on 350 oven , as it is all already cooked it just needs to heat up well and let the flavours blend .
Like soups the flavour gets better over night ;-)
So below I saved one cabbage leaf to roll
simple easy , just scoop mixture onto cabbage leaf and roll
Then place in pan with butter and brown on both sides . Place rolls in roaster or casserole don't forget to put juice on the bottom so they don't stick . Top them with the tomatoes juice as I did the casserole and bake the same in a covered pan .