Cabbage Rolls (Naturally gluten free!)

Cabbage rolls are a family favorite.  And when I say family favorite, I mean I love them even if no one else in my house does.  Luckily for me though, my extended family is always willing to help out eating them.  In fact I know right now, my mother and sister would kill for one of my cabbage rolls.

Cabbage rolls are really not all that difficult to make, but they are a bit time consuming so make sure you have some time to spare.  Especially if you are making them for the first time.  It does take a bit of practice to peel the boiled cabbage leaves from the head.

This is an old family recipe.  It is not extravagant, but it has been used in our family for at least the past 30 years if not longer, and we love it.  Certainly comfort food for us.

*Also, fair warning!!  Do not eat too many, or you will get a belly ache!  And don’t eat any if you have a dr appointment, or they will wonder if something is wrong with you…lol  I know this from experience!!*

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Cabbage rolls

1 head of cabbage (Mine was from our local CSA!)

1 1/2 lb hamburger

1/2 c rice

2 eggs

2 t Italian seasoning

1 sm onion chopped

sauerkraut

tomato juice

Boil the head of cabbage in a large pot until leaves are tender and pliable.  Remove the hard “stem” like parts from each leaf.

In a separate bowl, mix together hamburger, eggs, rice, onion, and Italian seasoning.

Take one cabbage leaf in your hand.  Place a decent amount of hamburger mix on the leaf, and roll it up like you would wrap a package.

Place in crockpot, and repeat until all hamburger mix is gone.

Cover rolls with sauerkraut and tomato juice, and cook on high for roughly 5 hours or so.  The longer they cook, the better they come out (provided you don’t burn them.)

That’s it.  Easy Peasy.

I usually serve mine with boiled, smashed potatoes covered in butter, and corn bread if I have the time to make it.

Hope you enjoy this recipe and more, and don’t forget to stop in and say “Hello!”

CSA Tuesday

 

Today was the second pickup day for my CSA share, and I am quite excited for this week’s bounty!  We got a huge head of cabbage, 2 zucchini, a cucumber, a whole head of leaf lettuce, a bag of mesclun,  2 heads of broccoli, a bunch of swiss chard, 3 beets with the greens, a bag of snap peas, 2 onions, and a thing of raspberries!!

 

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It sounds odd to say that I am excited for vegetables, but I really am!  I received some of the onions in my share last week, and they are the best onions I have ever eaten.  I cut the tops off and used them for my soup base last week, and the actual onion part itself was so crisp…. Mmmm…

My youngest son started digging into the raspberries as soon as I walked in the door.  He spotted them like a hawk, and started picking them off the minute I wasn’t looking.  Little sneak.

The broccoli didn’t stand a chance either.  It is one of our favorite vegetables, and was quickly included in tonight’s dinner.

I have big plans for the cabbage.  I love cabbage rolls.  Like, lllooooovvvveee them.  But unfortunately for me, my husband does not.  He can’t stand the taste of cooked cabbage or the smell of sauerkraut, which means I can only get away with making them once or twice a year.  I haven’t made them in a long, long time though, so I think it’s due time.

As for the rest, who knows!!  But I am excited to try some new things and share them with you!  If you have any recipes that use the veges I got today, please feel free to share!!