5 - 14.5 oz. cans of stewed tomatos
3/4 of a med. sized head of cabbage or
1 small head of cabbage chopped
juice of one lemon
1 cup of white uncooked rice, not instant
5 tab. of brown sugar (cuts the acid)
salt and pepper
So, I make cabbage and meatballs all the time, one of my family's favorites, but if you are in a pinch, and don't have time, or energy, you can get that very same taste like this.... I know it's the lazy way, but oh my gosh it is so good! Sometimes I prefer it this way, and sit down and stuff myself with bowl of this goodness. So doggone good!
First, brown the beef, and start dumping in the rest of the ingredients, all the stewed tomato's, brown sugar , and lemon. Chop your cabbage like I showed in the photo, I cut it in half so it's easier to handle, then make pie slices and chop those into one inch chunks. It will cook down and also add a lot of liquid to the mix, so just chunk it up like what a bite full would look like.
Salt and pepper it, my hubby likes a lot of pepper, but whatever is good for your taste. You can also add a little Italian seasoning if you like. Then put a lid on this and let it stew and simmer for a couple of hours, you can also dump it all in a crock pot if you want, that works just fine. After a couple of hours your cabbage will cook down and get soft, flavors will blend and yumminess occurs at this point. ..... NOW is the time, at the end for the rice. I make sure there is enough liquid in the pot, if you have to add a half cup of water you can, add the uncooked rice and let that simmer and cook for about 15-20 min. keeping the top on. Stir this occasionally.
If you aren't worried about calories serve this with a big ol' dollop of sour cream on top and a hunk of buttered cornbread. My grandma had to do this to complete the dish, but I'm always watching the good ol' muffin top, so I leave it out.
I swear people, one bite and you think you are in H E A V E N ! My Mom swore by this recipe for really fast weight loss, she would eat this ONLY for the entire day.
Just another Tutu recipe. let me know how it goes....xxx D