Cabbage Rolls [Not-Your-Average]

Cabbage Rolls [Not-Your-Average]; Makes 16 large

750gr. Hamburger
750gr. Pork
1 pk Bacon
1 Cabbage
3 lg Eggs
1 tsp Oil
1 Red Pepper
1 White Onion
1 tbsp Minced Garlic
3 Garlic Cloves
2 Tomatoes
2 – 650ml Tomato Basil Pasta Sauce
2 – 156ml Hunts Tomato Paste; Herbs and Spices
270ml Pesto Basil
1 tbsp Worcestershire Sauce
2 pks Peppercorn Gravy
2 cups Rice
2 cups Beef Broth
Cheddar Cheese
Seasonings; ‘Basil’ or ‘Italian Seasoning’, ‘Garlic Powder’, ‘Onion Powder’, ‘Seasoning Salt’, ‘Lemon Herbs and Spices’

• Start cooking Pork, Hamburger, and Bacon. All three can be cooked at the same time if desired, if not, cook one at a time and set off to the side, when done.
• Fully cook your hamburger, and pork (separate if desired). Make sure to chop both meats with plastic spatula while cooking, to make small pieces of meat.
• Dice white onion into small pieces, add 1 tsp of oil to frying pan, and sauteed the onion, when sauteed, on medium heat add in pork, and hamburger to the onion, add 1 tbsp of minced garlic. Season the meat to your liking; Basil or Italian Seasoning, Garlic Powder, Onion Powder, Seasoning Salt. (Sprinkled over, and mixed in) Put in big bowl when done.
• Cook Bacon on stove, when Bacon is half cooked take off and chop into small pieces, finish cooking bacon, put on plate and with paper towel, pat down the rest of the grease, then add it to the meat mixture. SEE NOTES
• Chop up Red Pepper into small pieces – put to the side/in fridge.
• Boil water for Cabbage, Cook 2 packs of peppercorn gravy on stove as directed on packages.
• Cook 2 cups of 5 minute rice, BUT instead of putting in, two cups of water, put in two cups of beef broth, when it is boiling, put rice in, cover, and let stand. (If not using 5 minute rice, cook at appropriate time, for it to be ready around the time, the cabbage is.)
• Cut around the core/stem of the cabbage, when the water is boiling, place the cabbage inside, with the lid on. Wait about 5 minutes or until cabbage is soft. Take cabbage out of water, let cool.
• When the gravy is done, pour it into the meat mixture, and stir it so it covers everything. Let stand.
• Slowly, carefully, peel the cabbage leaves off, try not to rip any. (Need approx. 16 – If the leaves get tough to peel off the cabbage half way through, pop it back in the boiling water for another minute or so, and it will make it easier to peel more leaves off.)
• Mix rice, and red peppers into the meat mixture, stir, then add 3 large eggs into the meat mixture. Stir well.
• Dice tomatoes into medium sized cubes.
• Combine, pasta sauce, tomato paste, pesto basil, garlic, and 2 small handfuls of tomatoes on the stove, in a large saucepan. Warm slightly, while mixing ingredients together.
• Preheat oven to 400 C
• Put a layer of sauce on the bottom of your pan (dish).
• Take one cabbage leaf at a time, open it, add some meat mixture, then grated cheddar cheese on it, (add bacon now, if you didn’t add it to the meat mixture), then put more meat mixture on the cheese, before rolling it up and placing it in the pan. Repeat until out of meat mixture.
• Put tomatoes on top of the cabbage rolls, then add half of your sauce on top, spreading it equally over the rolls. Repeat in second dish.
• Cook in oven for 40 minutes. Take out, let cool.
• Serve/Enjoy.

MenuDuet’s Notes: In the picture displayed;

-These are burrito sized cabbage rolls, so feel free to use less hamburger and pork, if desired.

-Long time to cook and prepare, well worth it.

-We cooked the hamburger and pork separate.

-We add salt and pepper to the gravy.

-Instead of stacking the cabbage rolls on top of each other, we used two 9″- 13″ glass pans.

-Instead of putting the bacon in with the meat mixture, you can save it, and put it on top of the cheese layer, when wrapping your rolls.

It seems like ‘Cabbage Rolls’ were on our minds, but the only problem was I’ve never had, nor made, Cabbage Rolls before, and my partner has never made them himself.
(But has had them many times before).
Putting our heads together, we made a list of what we would want in our cabbage rolls, and after we went through it once or twice, we added and subtracted a few things until we got the perfect combination.

Be warned though, these Cabbage Rolls, are not your average cabbage rolls, even if they are really delicious.

What do you add in your cabbage rolls? Do you think we went over board, or did you love the combination of flavors. Let us know in the comments.

I took the picture displayed, with my cell camera.
(Original Camera Broken)

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