Lazy Day Cabbage Rolls Casserole: This Recipe Is Better Than the Real Thing! by Tanya Kuzmanovic

Beef Pork Dinner
4 months ago
Lazy Day Cabbage Rolls Casserole: This Recipe Is Better Than the Real Thing!

Being a huge fan of cabbage rolls, I was a bit leery when faced with this recipe for Lazy Cabbage Rolls. But I'm happy to say this shortcut was worth its weight in gold! I may never make actual cabbage rolls again! Serve with sour cream or yogurt on the side. 

You'll need:

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 pound ground pork
  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 5 - 8 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 3 - 4 teaspoons pepper
  • 2 tablespoons paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 head sour cabbage, cut into bite-sized chunks (see note)
  • 1 can tomato soup
  • 1 large can crushed tomatoes
  • 6 servings cooked rice
  • 2 smoked sausages, sliced into rounds

Here’s how to make it:

  1. Brown the onion in oil before adding the meat.
  2. Add garlic and spices and continue cooking until meat is done.
  3. In large greased casserole, layer half the rice, topped with half the meat and top with half the cabbage. Repeat.
  4. Mix tomato soup with tomatoes and pour over the top.
  5. Arrange sausage rounds on top. Cover and bake at 350 degrees F for 1 hour. Uncover and bake for approximately 1 hour more until hot and bubbly.

Note: Sour cabbage is actually fermented cabbage that’s soaked in a brine for a few months (my parents make a vat of it every year). Sometimes you can find it for sale, but in a pinch you can buy a regular head of cabbage, freeze it, thaw it – the leaves will be very soft and pliable, similar to the leaves of sour cabbage. Then mix in some jarred sauerkraut to give it a bit of a sour flavor.

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Donna John
Love cabbage rolls and love sauerkraut. I've never heard of "sour cabbage" before. Interesting. Will have to keep an eye out for it. Thinking you may be able to buy it in an Asian market. Thanks for sharing your recipe, Tanya Kuzmanovic !
Elisa All Schmitz 30Seconds
I grew up on my grandmother's old world cabbage rolls. I love knowing there's a lazy way to get the same taste. I'm going to make these for my dad. Thank you for the recipe, Tanya Kuzmanovic !

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