Monday, January 07, 2013

Someone brought cabbage rolls as a contribution to the xmas was a nice addition.  Something unexpected.  Of coarse I didn't eat any.....everything that has to be mixed by someone else's human hands and has many steps to the process, has always been suspect to me.  It's a phobia, what can I say.  Anything with hamburger I have always had a problem eating if I didn't see it being made.  The only person that passes the test has always been my mother.  And that's about it.
But those cabbage rolls have been on my husbands brain since xmas.
He was walking around the kitchen yesterday and was wondering if some miracle of miracles happened and some cabbage rolls might appear for dinner.

Well that wasn't such an outlandish request...and just gotta do what you gotta do.   And I took some hamburger out of the freezer, then drove over to the grocery store for some cabbage.

I had a couple different bags of rice that I don't kknow what I was saving for...abviously this was a good time to throw them all together into the rice cooker.  I had almost 1 1/2 dry.

If your going to make cabbage rolls, use Savoy Cabbage.  It's just easier, it comes apart of the head easier, it only needs about a couple minutes precooked in the micro, it rolls easier.  I have never used regular since I was forced to buy savoy once years ago.
600g beef and pork mixture, raw
1 onion small dice
3 stalks celery with greens
1/2 scallion (because it was there)
3 cloves garlic minced
about 2 cups 2 1/2 cups cooked rice....I ate some while I was waiting for it to cool.  It was a good tasty mixture.
1 egg
1/4 red pepper, diced
large handful of panko
1 can heinz tomato soup, undiluted
big splash lea and perrines
big splash balsamic
celery salt, salt and pepper
srirachea (bad spelling)
fresh dill
I usually get a disposable glove (one of those found in the painting department of home depot) and mix the whole thing up with my hand.
Butter/oil your container that will cook them in the oven and smear another can of heinz tomato soup, undiluted ...on the bottom before placing the rolls

 I use an ice-cream scoop, and if you take my advice and use savoy cabbage, the rolling up process takes about 10 minutes ...tops

It's like savoy cabbage was made for cabbage rolls.  1..over, 2...3...the sides, 4...the roll

 I can't believe I got them all crammed into there, but there will be shrinkage, so stuff them

smear another can of undiluted heinz soup over the whole thing...what's that 3 cans now?

Cover with foil and into 350 oven for about 50 min to 1 hr.  Then take the foil off for another half hour or so.  I usually seperate each roll a bit to get the sauce around each roll if any look a little less covered.
Unfortunately my husband got at them before I could take a pic....but the sauce should almost be diluted into the rolls by the time it's ready and the cabbage looks paper thin and browned

I'm looking forward for another feeding of them tonight.  Lets face it...another thing that's better the next day.

for dinner for the kids the plan is

Slow cooker beef and broccoli

I just happen to have some cut up beef in the freezer.  But I'm not going to use a crock pot...It's into the magic pot instead.  And I'm going to add fresh broccoli instead of frozen(bleck) and maybe some orange

with noodles instead of rice.

And for us....
reheat cabbage rolls with ceasar salad.

I also got a request to make one of these
snuggle blanket

someone had a new years day baby.

People are still having babies it seems.  Since I'm not expecting any more around me, I just assumed everyone else was finished too.   Not so much.

Well maybe my sewiing machine...since it's had some time to sit and think about what it's done with it's tantrum....and since it had to endure another machine in its vacinity....maybe---just maybe by some stroke of will suddenly start working.

After all there are no visible stray threads...anywhere
There is no excuses
I have things to do....get with the program and START WORKING DAMN YOU

1 comment:

Sally - My Custard Pie said...

My Dad was Polish so I love cabbage rolls!