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Meaty Stuffed Cabbage Rolls

These Meaty Stuffed Cabbage Rolls are a saucy, savory delight. Wrapped in bacon and filled with plenty of ground beef, pork, rice, and tomatoes, this recipe for stuffed cabbage rolls leaves little to be desired.


  • 1 head cabbage
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1/2 pound ground pork
  • 1 package bacon
  • 1 can (16-ounces) tomato sauce
  • 1 can (8-ounces) tomatoes
  • 2 cups rice, cooked
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons margarine
  • salt and pepper, to taste


  1. Remove core from cabbage. Scald cabbage in boiling water and remove leaves as they soften.
  2. Saute onions in margarine very lightly--do not brown. Combine with the meats, rice, eggs, and seasonings. Mix well.
  3. Place 2 tablespoons of mixture in center of cabbage leaf and roll. Wrap in bacon strips and insert wooden toothpicks to hold together.
  4. Pour tomato sauce on rolls; then squeeze tomatoes from can and arrange on top of rolls. Simmer over low heat for 2 hours in heavy dutch oven.

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This recipe is a bit different from the one I usually use to cook cabbage rolls, but it looks delicious, and well, bacon! What doesn't taste better with bacon?! I usually only use ground pork, but ground beef would probably add some nice flavour. I also cook mine a heavy dutch oven for a few hours in low heat. Like many dishes, I find these better the next day. They can be frozen also.

This is different from the cabbage roll recipe that my mother used to make when I was a kid. The bacon wrapping is a nice addition since there's not much that can't be improved with the inclusion of bacon. I agree that the cooking of the rice beforehand is an unnecessary step, though I hadn't heard about the freezing of the head of cabbage before. I'll have to give that a try.

Just freeze the head of cabbage (or buy a head already soured at the grocery store) Also no need to saut onions. Instead of 2 cops rice cooked, just add 1 cup uncooked rice to the mixture. It will cook just fine.

This is not the kind I grew up eating. Different regions had different ways of preparing certain dishes, and that's fine. I would just like to add a shortcut to this recipe. Instead of boiling the head of cabbage, as we used to do, freeze and thaw it, before using. You get the same results.

Is this littleladybug50's Mothers recipe? Please reply with her recipe if different from above.

I love my mother in laws Cabbage rolls they are so great Im so thankfull I have her recipe !!!

I would like MARTHA'S MOTHER'S RECIPE FOR HER CABBAGE ROLLS. I watched her make them on her show and it sounds like my sister-in-law used to make.


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