Monday, November 23, 2009

Cabbage Rolls

Happy Manic Monday. It’s been awhile since I’ve had Monday all to myself. *stretches and hugs the blog* I’ve missed it.

The holidays are fast approaching, beginning with thoughts of Thanksgiving. There are so many things I’m grateful for. The foremost being a happy and healthy family, my supportive co-workers, and this writing community.

I am originally from Canada and get to celebrate two Thanksgivings. Unfortunately my youngest child fell sick on the Canadian date so we stayed home and didn’t travel. This week, my family is coming south to enjoy dinner. We’ll also be celebrating my oldest birthday!

My hubby will be deep frying a turkey this year while I make the trimmings.

-mash potatoes and gravy


-green bean casserole

-cranberry sauce (canned)

-fresh bread rolls

-pumpkin pie

-homemade ice cream

-and birthday cake

Something we make that is a family tradition is cabbage rolls, which comes from my Ukrainian heritage.


One large green cabbage

One pound ground beef

Two cups par boiled white rice (I like Jasmine)

One tbs tomato paste

One chopped small onion

One large can of tomato juice

Six slices of bacon

Cut out heart of cabbage and set in boiling water. Separate leaves one by one. (Careful it’s hot. I use two forks to do this). Cook ground beef and mix with parboiled rice. Fry onions in a little oil with tomato paste and mix with rice/meat. Let the mix cool until you can handle it with your hands. Place filling in cabbage leaf and fold like a burrito. With the left over cabbage center, I chop it up and line the bottom on the pan to prevent sticking. Place the rolls in the pan in layers then pour tomato juice over them. Lay bacon over the top. Cover then bake at 350 degrees for two hours. Check one roll. If you can’t cut the roll with a fork throw back in for another hour.

My family waits for this side with anticipation. I triple this recipe when I make it because it tastes better the next day. (I eat it for breakfast. LOL)

What are you serving this year? Do you have a family tradition?


J Hali Steele said...

I seem to have misplaced your address and my invitation to dinner! Dang, Annie, sounds awesome, I'd eat cabbage rolls, if you cook them, for breakfast anytime. *grins*

I think it's great that you continue with a family tradition and will be able to pass that down to your children.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Rebecca Royce said...

Sounds awesome Annie. Enjoy Thanksgiving!

Sandra Sookoo said...

Have fun! I'm not cooking this year, much to my dismay. Instead, hubby and I are traveling to my sister's in Wisconsin (heaven help us for driving 5 hours one way and her overly dry bird) LOL

Enjoy your family togetherness!

LM Spangler said...


Our menu is close to yours minus a few items. It will be just my household this year with family stopping by after their dinners.

Great post!

Happy Thanksgiving!


Sandy said...

The cabbage rolls sound delish, Annie. We are going to eat out.

Great traditions, Annie.

Happy Thanksgiving.

Rachel Newstead said...

My mother was raised in South Carolina, so a traditional Thanksgiving meal in our house usually included corn bread dressing and fried corn--corn scraped fresh off the cob and fried in fatback grease. (It's better than it sounds, believe me). Dessert would include pecan pie, from a recipe that had been passed down since at least my great-great-grandmother's time.

We'd often have freshly-made biscuits--Mom always formed them with her hands, by the way, *never* using a cutter. Some went into the dressing, some were saved for the meal, and a couple were set aside for us kids to "taste test"...=) As with the pie, the biscuit recipe has been passed down in my family for generations.

My mother quit making the fried corn when she became more health-conscious regarding fried food, but certain other traditions continued. Deviled eggs have always been part of our Thanksgiving meal, as has something Mom calls "cheesy potatoes"--potatoes boiled up and covered with a white sauce mixed with Velveeta. I know people turn their noses up at Velveeta these days, but nothing's better for that particular cheese sauce.

This year, I'm going to be attempting Mom's biscuits, and am hoping for the best. They're a tricky thing to get right, as Mom never used precise measurements. I'll also be attempting her "cheesy potatoes": I live far away from my family now, and making these things will make me feel a bit closer to them.

Anonymous said...

I love Cabbage Rolls, Happy Thanksgiving

Annie Nicholas said...

JoAnn, I'll save some for you. ;)

Sandy, I would so love to go out one holiday. I just finished doing the grocery shopping and am trying to figure out when am I going to cook all this! I work my day job until Wed midnight this week. LOL

Rachel, thank you for sharing. I'd never heard of fried corn. Your mother's biscuits sound wonderful. I wish I could make a decent biscuit. Mine are more like bricks.

Happy Thanksgiving Terra.

kanishk said...

I are traveling to my sister's in Wisconsin

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Rae Lori said...

Ooh that looks and sounds yummy! I'll have to make a not of this recipe to try out. Thanks for posting it!

Hope you have a good one, Annie!