Cabbage Rolls For Those Who Hate Cabbage

Cabbage Rolls IITrust me, you will like these.  Really.

Allen asks me what’s for dinner and I tell him I’m trying a recipe for cabbage rolls.  Now I know for a fact that he’s not fond of cabbage.  He tolerates it in salad and in coleslaw.  Maybe a little sauerkraut if he’s really in the mood, but he’s gotta be very much in the mood.  Otherwise– cooked cabbage?  Blech!  Well guess what.  This recipe and the variation that I followed not only taste fabulous, but also will please even finicky cabbage haters.

You can find the original recipe here, and it has 4.5 out of 5 stars, with 792 reviews.  I’m adding in the variation I found in one of the comments, plus my own version of baking it in the oven rather than using a crock pot, and reworked the nutritional information to reflect the changes.

Cabbage Rolls II With Variation, by “BJ” and “Vjgunkel59” and ME.

Prep time: 30 minutes

Cook time: 60 minutes in 350 degree oven

Recipe serves 6 (2 rolls each)


12 leaves of cabbage

1 cup cooked Rice Select Royal Blend (lower carb rice!)

1 egg, beaten

1/4 cup milk

1/4 cup diced onion

1/2 pound ground beef

1/2 pound ground pork sausage

1+1/4 tsp. salt, and 1+1/4 tsp pepper (plus or minus to taste)

1 15oz. can sauerkraut, rinsed well and squeezed dry

2 8oz. cans tomato sauce

2 tbsp. brown sugar blend

2 tbsp. lemon juice

2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce

24 slices bacon


  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Boil cabbage leaves 2 minutes; drain.
  2. In large bowl, combine 1 cup cooked rice, egg, milk, onion, ground beef, ground pork, salt, and pepper. Place about 1/4 cup of meat mixture in center of each cabbage leaf, and roll up, tucking in ends. Place rolls in a 9×13 baking dish sprayed with cooking spray.
  3. Rinse and drain sauerkraut, squeezing out excess moisture before spreading the sauerkraut evenly over the top of the rolls.
  4. In a small bowl, mix together tomato sauce, brown sugar, lemon juice, and Worcestershire sauce. Pour over cabbage rolls.
  5. Lay raw bacon slices over cabbage rolls, 2 slices per roll.
  6. Bake in 350 degree oven for 60 minutes.

Nutritional Information: Per serving (2 rolls):  429 calories, 20 grams carbs, 26 grams fat, 31 grams protein, 4 grams fiber.  If you drop the cup of rice, you can lower the carbs to 15.


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