Russian Stuffed Cabbage
Recipe type: entree
Cuisine: Russian
Serves: 6 servings
This is a family favorite recipe that my mother handed down from the Russian side of her family.
  • 1 large cabbage
  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • 2 medium onions sliced
  • 3 cups tomatoes canned (approx 1 28 oz can + a little more)
  • 2 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp pepper
  • beef bones
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 3 Tbsp rice uncooked
  • 4 Tbsp onion grated
  • 1 egg
  • 3 Tbsp cold water
  • 3 Tbsp honey
  • ¼ cup lemon juice
  • ¼ cup seedless raisins
  1. In a large pot, pour boiling water over the cabbage. cover and let soak for 15 minutes.
  2. Remove 12 leaves carefully. If leaves are small use 18. (After I removed the leaves I steamed the leaves slightly to further soften them - this is optional)
  3. Melt the butter in a deep, heavy saucepan. Lightly brown the onions in it.
  4. Add the tomatoes (I pulverized them in a food processor first) half the salt and pepper, and all the bones. Cook over low heat for 30 minutes.
  5. Mix together the ground beef, rice, grated onions, egg, the remainder of the salt and pepper and water.
  6. Place a dollop of meat mixture on each cabbage leaf. Tuck the soft part of the leaves around the mixture and roll carefully.
  7. Add the rolled cabbage leaves to the sauce. Cover and cook over low heat for 1½ hrs.
  8. Add the honey, lemon juice, raisins and cook for 30 minutes longer.
  9. This meal will serve 6 for a main dish and 12 as a 1st course.
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