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Sweet and Savory Stuffed Cabbage Rolls.

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I have made these delicious cabbage rolls twice in as many weeks. These were inspired by the article I read on the ugly stuffed vegetables of Isreal. The original recipe is found here. The vegetables are not ugly at all, in fact, they are a (beautiful and) frugal way to feed everyone with a small amount of meat and lots of vegetables. Adding more vegetables to our dinner is always on my mind, so it was natural for me to give these a try.

I must let you know immediately, this is a time worthy dish as it is presented, as most stuffed cabbage recipes are. But I wanted to get the old-fashioned flavor and use the pressure cooker for quick and delicious.  In the process, I also eliminated not only some steps but dirty prep pots and pans as well. I had remembered a tip I read years ago on freezing your head of cabbage when you want to prepare stuffed cabbage rolls and decided to give that a try as well. And I have to tell you it works very well!

You will need to plan for the thawing of the cabbage, but that is a hands-free task that will not encumber you day much. I made these the first time with regular white rice and the second time with brown rice, they are good with both, the texture of the brown rice is present, but does not overpower. You will get a softer meat center if you use fully cooked brown rice, as it softens nicely in the final cooking, as part of the cabbage roll. Plus this is a great way to use up a bit of leftover rice.

Let's get started, these cabbage rolls really are quick, once you have your ingredients assembled.

Sweet and Savory Cabbage Rolls, easy and delicious using your Electric Pressure Cooker.
Sweet and Savory Cabbage Rolls, easy and delicious using your Electric Pressure Cooker.

Sweet and Savory Stuffed Cabbage Rolls
inspired by: The Beauty in Isreal's Ugly Stuffed Vegetables.
Serves 4-6

1 medium head of cabbage (cantaloupe size) - previously frozen and thawed
I onion
1/2 pound lean ground beef
1 egg
2 carrots
1 15oz can diced tomatoes
1 c whole (raw) cranberries: note frozen is fine, no need to thaw
1/2 t garlic salt
1/8 t pepper
1/3 c brown sugar
1 T vinegar, red wine or apple cider
1/2 c white rice OR 1 c leftover cooked brown rice
2 T water

Sour Cream for serving, if desired.

If using white rice, place the rice and 1 cup water in the pressure cooker, cook 7 minutes, let rest under pressure for 5 minutes, release pressure, remove lid and stir. Let cool while preparing remaining ingredients.
Freeze the head of cabbage for super easy stuffed cabbage rolls!

Cut out the core of the cabbage. Remove the outer 16 leaves. Cut out the thick stem from each leaf. Pair the leaves together with the cut edges alternating. You will have 8 doubled cabbage leaves ready to receive the meat mixture. Chop the remaining cabbage and set aside.

Cut a thin slice of onion and set aside, dice the remaining onion, and set aside.

In a medium bowl, add the ground beef, egg, garlic salt, and pepper. Mince the reserved slice of onion and add to the meat mixture along with the 2 carrots that you have grated. Add the cooked rice and mix all ingredients together. Divide the meat mixture into 8 portions. Take one portion and shape into a chubby log, place one inch from the edge of a prepared stacked cabbage leaf and roll up by folding over, first the edge closest to you, the sides and roll to close. Repeat for all 8 portions of meat.

Sweet and Savory Cabbage Rolls, easy and delicious using your Electric Pressure Cooker.

Place half of the cut cabbage and onions in the bottom of the pressure cooker pan (no need to wash) season with salt and pepper. Nest the cabbage rolls, then the remaining cabbage and onions. Once again season with salt and pepper. Crumble the brown sugar over the cabbage/onion, sprinkle with the cranberries, then the diced tomatoes including all the juices. Add the 2 T water to the tomato can, and slosh the water gently to rinse the tomato juices and pour that over the mixture along with the vinegar.

Cook 25 minutes, let rest under pressure for 20 minutes. Release pressure, and serve!


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Our progress so far!

Hello, and thank you for visiting Our Sunday Cafe.

This update like the last one is being written on my cell, and while technology has been on a fast track, my skills have stayed in the slower right hand lane!

We now have or little RV boondocking  at our kids place while we stock the cupboards and make everything ready for our first journey off the driveway. Bringing this bad-boy home was a bit of an adventure and (unfortunately) our new hitch was destroyed in the process. The loss was a bit steep financially, but I need to remember that no one was hurt and no other property was lost.

A new replacement hitch was been received, and will be installed after moving a few more piwces of furnitere. Plus we have an appointment for a receiver to be added to our truck for a bike rack.

I have enough pots and pans I will be able to start cooking again very soon. This pleases me on two fronts, first, my enjoyment of cooking wholesome food and second, I want some experience using this kitchen before we hit the road.

Without a doubt we over estimated on how much would / could fit in our new little home, which means we are downsizing again. I cant even remember some of the items we sold or gave away before we left the pwninsula, so i believe rhis next phade will be fairly painless. If nothing else this new adventure has been one surprise after another!

I hope this update finds you enjoying a lovely springtime! Until next time, take care and thank you for your continues visits to Our Sunday Cafe!

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Our bedroom suite, complete with cedar lined closet.

We take delivery next Monday, and will begin to unpack our things. I am pretty sure we will need to do another donation station visit for some extras we won't need!

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