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Hi everyone,I learned to make stuffed cabbage from my mom and always did it her way.Well mom's aren't always right.I used to core my cabbage and put them down into a hot pot of boiling water.Well this
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Making Stuffed Cabbage an easier way

posted at 9/28/2012 4:12 PM EDT
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Hi everyone,I learned to make stuffed cabbage from my mom and always did it her way.Well mom's aren't always right.I used to core my cabbage and put them down into a hot pot of boiling water.Well this just isn't safe for me any longer.I saw this hint somewhere and I tried it.I cored the cabbage and placed it on a plate with the core side down and placed it in the microwave cooked it for 5 min,then repeated this two more times.The head was a good medium sized head , l let it cool down and the leaves were soft and pliable.Now that I have this new way I'll be able to make this more often.Just thought I would share this time saving hint

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posted at 9/28/2012 5:05 PM EDT
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what do you stuff it with?

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posted at 9/28/2012 6:28 PM EDT
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Thank you Gale --- a great suggestion.

My old recipe for stuffed cabbage is really easy ......  it's very bland but good.
UNSTUFFFED CABBAGE
Brown 1 lb of hamburger with some onion in a big skillet.
Add two cans of tomato soup and 1/2 can of milk.
Add two heaping tablespoons of long grain rice and cook over low heat for 5 minutes.
Meantime - grease a large, deep baking dish.  Dump in a head of cabbage cut into
 large slices, slightly separated.  Pour hamburger mixture over cabbage.
Bake at 400* for 1 hour.

Re: Making Stuffed Cabbage an easier way

posted at 9/28/2012 7:11 PM EDT
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Thanks Gale.  Will keep this in mind.  Usually I just mix up the meat with chopped onions, rice and some seasoning and put it on top of well rinsed sauerkraut topped with caraway seed(love that stuff).  Saves a lot of time rolling them all up in cabbage leaves.  Maybe my husband would like the stuffed cabbage leaves better since he doesn't really care for sauerkraut.  That man is getting so fussy lol.

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posted at 9/28/2012 7:18 PM EDT
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In Response to Making Stuffed Cabbage an easier way:
Hi everyone,I learned to make stuffed cabbage from my mom and always did it her way.Well mom's aren't always right.I used to core my cabbage and put them down into a hot pot of boiling water.Well this just isn't safe for me any longer.I saw this hint somewhere and I tried it.I cored the cabbage and placed it on a plate with the core side down and placed it in the microwave cooked it for 5 min,then repeated this two more times.The head was a good medium sized head , l let it cool down and the leaves were soft and pliable.Now that I have this new way I'll be able to make this more often.Just thought I would share this time saving hint
Posted by gale g


Thanks Gale, I still do the cabbage the old way (no microwave way back then), but will try this the next time I make stuffed cabbage (I usually make a whole roaster full in Oct. & freeze them). 

Re: Making Stuffed Cabbage an easier way

posted at 9/28/2012 7:28 PM EDT
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In Response to Re: Making Stuffed Cabbage an easier way:
Thank you Gale --- a great suggestion. My old recipe for stuffed cabbage is really easy ......  it's very bland but good. UNSTUFFFED CABBAGE Brown 1 lb of hamburger with some onion in a big skillet. Add two cans of tomato soup and 1/2 can of milk. Add two heaping tablespoons of long grain rice and cook over low heat for 5 minutes. Meantime - grease a large, deep baking dish.  Dump in a head of cabbage cut into  large slices, slightly separated.  Pour hamburger mixture over cabbage. Bake at 400* for 1 hour.
Posted by Nancy G


Nancy, if you want to spice it up a tad, add a little garlic & add some sauerkraut.  Since I am saving freezer space for "meat"  I am not going to make my usual roaster full of stuffed cabbage, but will make the "fractured " stuffed cabbage which is close to your recipe (I use water not milk, garlic & sauerkraut).  Gale's tip on zapping the cabbage should cut down on the cooking time.

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posted at 9/28/2012 8:31 PM EDT
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In Response to Re: Making Stuffed Cabbage an easier way:
Thanks Gale.  Will keep this in mind.  Usually I just mix up the meat with chopped onions, rice and some seasoning and put it on top of well rinsed sauerkraut topped with caraway seed(love that stuff).  Saves a lot of time rolling them all up in cabbage leaves.  Maybe my husband would like the stuffed cabbage leaves better since he doesn't really care for sauerkraut.  That man is getting so fussy lol.
Posted by H. M


Everyone is very welcome,I just kept zapping it until it was workable,you might need more or less time.H.M. I love,love,love caraway seeds but hubby doesn't the only time I get any is in rye bread now that he'll eat.I brought my boys up on caraway seed tea,they never had colic or any tummy problems this is an old European treatment for stomach problems and I have to say it does work.I love the flavor.My moms first hubby was Bohemian and her sister in laws taught her how to make pork roast with caraway seeds and sweet and sour cabbage with potato dumplings.That was one of my favorite things that mom made.All her sister in laws married Italians so mom learn a lot of different dishes from both sides.

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posted at 9/30/2012 9:59 AM EDT
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I will have to keep these all in mind.  I love stuffed cabbage but I hate having to peel apart the head of cabbage. I have heard that Savoy cabbage is easier to separate than regular cabbage though.

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posted at 9/30/2012 3:01 PM EDT
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I have to try microwaveing my cabbage sounds great

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