How to make it

  • Prepare the white rice, according to instructions. You may also substitute minute rice.
  • Cut cores out of raw cabbages, place in pot of boiling water.
  • Pick off leaves as they loose from the head. Place cooked leaves on platter. Use the big leaves and then a few of the middle size. The smaller inner part of the head is now removed and chopped to create the blanket in the pan for the rolls to cook on.
  • Prepare the meat mixture. Fine dice the onion and bell pepper, add to meat with the rice. I prefer spreading the meat out and then sprinkling on the garlic, salt pepper and breadcrumbs, this way it is evenly spread out.
  • Beat egg and pour over meat. Mix all ingredients into meat.
  • Cutting sideways, reduce thickness of the center "vein" out of each leaf, place 1/3 heaped cup of meat on medium size blanket. For the first 4-5 large blankets, I added another pinch of meat to the 1/3 heaping cup. Roll all the pigs up and set aside on a cookie sheet. Place chopped cabbage in the pot you cooked the cabbage in.
  • In a large mixing bowl, pour in tomato sauce, V8, and water from rinsing tomato cans. Mix well with whisk. Pour 2 cups over the chopped cabbage bed.
  • Gently place the pigs on their "beds" of cabbage. Add the remaining sauce; pour some on each layer of pigs. Pigs should be covered.
  • Cook on medium high heat, until the pigs come to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for 45 minutes.
  • Makes about 20 blankets.I added the Sweet and Sour Sauce to half the mixture. The flavor was great but the pigs were mushy. Need to figure out how to keep them from mushing out. I will try adding 1 teaspoon sugar next time and maybe some curry! Good stuff.
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    " It was excellent "
    windy1950 ate it and said...
    JJ, I rated this when I first signed on to GR, but got waylaid in commenting. So here I am, owning my ^5.

    I don't know if all of your recipes are pictorially documented as well as this one, but I just want to say that I think you do a really nice job in this manner. Very thorough. Some might say it is oversimplification, but you're trying to present your creations to a general public, and you can bet there's more than a few who like to have it broken down like that.

    Thanks, and rock on.
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    " It was excellent "
    juels ate it and said...
    These are great! I grew up on food like this, your version is delicious! Love your addition of sweet and sour sauce to the meat mixture. You have to go by the way meat looks/feels. It's kind of like mixing a dough. Don't add too much liquid to it at a time, and if it feels mushy, you can just add more rice and breadcrumbs.
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  • lunasea 10 years ago
    JJ, this looks great and I love your pictorial presentation. Great job! I can't wait to try your recipe. ~Vickie
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  • thegoldminer 10 years ago
    I have always called them cabbage rolls, but it is the title of the recipe I used and I always give credit where it is due. I am working on the next roll recipe, working on perfecting the ultimate cabbage roll. I have some interesting flavorings coming by mail. JJ
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  • luvshk 10 years ago
    I've made this - just a little different. Always called them cabbage rolls. Thanks for the reminder!
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  • thegoldminer 10 years ago
    Fellow foodies, thank for all the comments. I just found Sweet and Sour in a dry mix package. I will try this to get the flavor and hopefully end the mush factor. I will make it in a day or two and repost the new recipe if it turns out ok. JJ
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  • sgeb59 10 years ago
    cannt wait to try this.
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  • daisey11 10 years ago
    Yum I will trying this recipe out soon. I love cabbage rolls. I will have to freeze a few myself for a later day. Great pictures too...
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  • turlak 10 years ago
    Your pics are great! I love the captions! I haven't made cabbage rolls in a while. I use buckwheat groats instead of's just different. I would have never thought to use sweet and sour sauce! Pretty interesting.
    Have a great week!
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    " It was excellent "
    liezel ate it and said...
    This is really a great recipe. Love your pics too (as always). Thanks for sharing. Bookmarked!
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  • thegoldminer 10 years ago
    Thanks, yep I love make them and then freeze a couple in a zip lock bag. Makes a great lunch! It was a fun recipe to work with. Now to figure out the Sweet and Sour sauce. The pigs with the sauce really tasted good!!!!!!!
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    " It was excellent "
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    " It was excellent "
    minitindel ate it and said...
    sounds great got my five hey what happened to your pic ive been having trouble all last week it took me 5 attempts each time then it popped up annoying
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