I absolutely adore stuffed cabbage. I do not adore the work that goes into preparing that particular meal. Today my sister-in-law brought up the fact that she had been eating stuffed cabbage all last week, which in turn made me very hungry for…you guessed it…stuffed cabbage.
I had everything I needed. There was already cooked ground beef in the freezer, a head of cabbage in the fridge and everything else needed to create this epic comfort food. Everything except motivation. I improvised. I made it into a nice thick stew-like dish rather than cabbage rolls with sauce poured over them. Here’s how:
- 1 lb ground beef, cooked and drained
- 1 small head cabbage, cut in large pieces
- 1 quart V8 juice (or same amount of tomato sauce)
- 1 packet of boil-in-bag rice (I use brown, but any rice will do)
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
Cook the rice as per package directions. In a large pot, add 1/2 inch of water to the bottom and cook cabbage pieces over medium high heat until tender. Add the cooked beef, the cooked rice, the V8 juice and the brown sugar to the pan. Salt and pepper to taste. Simmer on low until heated through. Serve with a nice crusty bread.
And there you have it. This wonderful belly-pleasing meal without the hassle. Excuse me, but dinner is waiting…