Lazy Man's Cabbage Rolls


This is really simple to put together and tastes every bit as good as the regular cabbage rolls. It doesn't photograph well but with colorful additions to the plate it looks quite appetizing. I served cheese toast and pickled beets as sides with this dish. These lazy man's cabbage rolls freeze well..double the recipe and package up a few meals to go in the freezer or share with another family.
My daughter Alison shared this recipe with me and I adapted it slightly.
  • 1/2 pound ground beef, you can use half ground pork if desired.
  • 1/2 cup Minute rice 
  • 1/4 cup onions, chopped..I omitted this as we are not onion lovers:)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 4 cups coleslaw mix
  • 1 1/2 cups tomato juice..I used V8 juice
  1. Mix together ground beef, rice, onions if using, salt, pepper, and garlic powder.
  2. Pour a thin layer of tomato juice on the bottom of a 8" square pan.
  3. Crumble half of the meat mixture over the juice. 
  4. Layer half of the cabbage mix on top of the meat mixture.
  5. Pour over 1/2 cup tomato juice.
  6. Repeat layers and pour over the rest of the tomato juice.
  7. Cover loosely with foil and bake in 325ยบ oven for 2 hours and 15 minutes. Check every 30 minutes, if it looks like it's getting too dry add extra tomato juice. I didn't have to add any.
  8. Serves: 4 to 6 depending on the appetites:)


14 comments:

  1. This looks SO good! Do you think I could substitute Basmati rice instead of the Minute Rice? I think this will be dinner tonight :).

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  2. Sure Rosella you can use basmati rice. I've used jasmine rice and that worked fine too. Have a wonderful day!

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  3. Sounds tasty! Do you cook the hamburger before you add it to the mixture---or do you add it raw?

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    1. I add the ground beef raw. No pre-cooking anything.
      Have a wonderful day!

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    2. Not even the rice is pre-cooked, Betty?

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    3. No, not even the rice, nothing is pre-cooked.

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  4. What all does the coleslaw mix have in it??

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    1. The coleslaw mix has green cabbage, red cabbage, and carrots in it.

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  5. oh it looks absolutely delicious and inviting!!!

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  6. Betty - this was delicious! I used Basmati rice and it turned out perfect. I will be making this again sometime - thanks!

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    1. Rosella..I'm happy you liked this dish! Thank you for letting us know.

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  7. Sounds good & simple. I have brown basmati rice...Would that take longer than the 2+ hours?

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    1. Doreen..I have not tried it with brown rice but it would probably take a bit longer and you might have to add extra juice. Or you could pre-cook the brown rice. I said no pre-cooking was necessary but I wasn't thinking of brown rice.

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  8. It's a recipe I'm going to try but I'll use just plain old tomato juice - for some reason I can't drink V8 - it's does agree with me.

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