Cabbage roll casserole

cabbage roll casserole

 

Looking for easy, comfort food, with a flavour that mimics cabbage rolls? Cabbage rolls are relatively easy to make, but do require some time and effort in prepping and rolling them.

If you’re looking for a quick fix for a cabbage roll craving, this recipe is a nice replacement.

I searched out a couple of recipes on allrecipes.com and food.com and then made up my own variation of a few.

For this, you will need ground beef, onion, rice, a large can of diced tomatoes, water, spice to your liking, brown sugar, and of course cabbage! I forgot to take a picture of the ingredients…but the stewed diced tomatoes that I purchased were seasoned with garlic.

First, brown the garlic, onions and ground beef, and drain if necessary. I had some garden tomatoes that were soft, so I sliced them and threw them in with the beef. I also added pepper, a little salt and some Montreal steak spice.

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Once the meat is browned, set aside (take off the heat) and stir the rice in with the meat mixture.

Chop the cabbage, and line the bottom of a 9×13 baking dish that has been sprayed with cooking spray. You want a pretty thick layer of cabbage.

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Cover the cabbage with the meat and rice mixture.

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Then, heat the diced tomatoes and water in a saucepan to a light boil. Add the spices you like – one of the recipes called for marjoram and oregano but I used an Italian seasoning blend and salt and pepper. As well, add 2 teaspoons of brown sugar. The secret ingredient I added (which Ron always puts in cabbage rolls) is a splash of Clamato juice – about 2-3 tablespoons.

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Once the tomato mixture has come to a light boil, pour it over the meat mixture.

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Cover tightly and cook at 350F for 1 1/4-1 1/2 hours. This is a low-fat, lower carb meal compared to many casseroles that have ingredients like pasta and cheese. You can pretend they are cabbage rolls that you cut up!

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Cabbage Roll Casserole

Adapted from food.com

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb  ground beef
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1⁄2cup chopped onion (or more)
  • 1⁄2cup uncooked long grain rice
  • 1⁄2head chopped cabbage (at least 6-8 cups worth)
  • 1 large can (540 ml, or just over 16 oz/2 cups) of diced, stewed tomatoes
  • 1⁄2cup  water

Spice (modify to your liking, with the exception of the brown sugar):

  • 1⁄4 tsp marjoram
  • 1⁄2 tsp  oregano
  • 3⁄4 tsp  salt
  • 1⁄2 tsp  pepper
  • 2 tsp  brown sugar
  • splash of Clamato juice (optional)
  1. Brown the ground beef and onion. Drain. Mix the rice into that. Set aside. Chop the cabbage and spread over the bottom of a 13×9 pan. Spread the meat/onion mixture over that. In a saucepan combine the rest of the ingredients and bring them to a light boil. Pour this over the meat and cabbage. Cover tightly with foil and bake at 350 degrees for 1 1/4-1 1/2 hours.
  2. I like to sometimes sprinkle my serving with parmesan cheese just for a little extra flavor, too.

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