Ontario Pork Cabbage Rolls

Maybe it is my German roots, my proximity to Kitchener/ Waterloo Ontario, the fact that fall is in the air or just the fact that they are delicious, but I am craving some cabbage rolls! I’m going to satisfy this craving by making cabbage rolls at home and I suggest you do the same. If not however, Oktoberfest is just around the corner, where there will be lots of cabbage rolls and other German cuisine.

Cabbage Rolls

Ontario Pork Cabbage Roll

Yield: Serves 8 Cooking Time: 2 1/2 hours Preparation Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients

1 medium cabbage ½ lb (225 g) Ontario ground pork ½ lb (225 g) ground beef 1 medium onion diced 1 cup (250 mL) uncooked rice ½ cup (125 mL) water 1 tsp (5 mL) salt ½ tsp (2 mL) pepper 2 Tbsp (30 mL) shortening 1 10 fl oz can (284 mL) condensed sodium-reduced tomato soup ½ can water

Cooking Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 275º F (135º C)
  2. Remove core from raw cabbage and place cabbage in boiling water for 5-10 minutes until leaves begin to soften.  Leaves of cabbage should be soft and pliable. Remove cabbage from water and let cool slightly.
  3. Fry onion in pan sprayed with cooking spray or 1 tsp of butter or margarine until soft (approx. 5 minutes).
  4. Mix together pork, beef, cooked onion, uncooked rice, water and salt and pepper.
  5. Remove leaves from cabbage, cutting out any hard part from the bottom.  Place 1 to 2 tablespoons of meat mixture into each leaf and roll folding in ends.  Place seam side down in a greased roasting pan.  Continue until cabbage and mixture is used.  If there is leftover mixture, you can make meatballs.
  6. Add tablespoons of shortening on top.  Mix can of tomato soup and ½ cup water together and pour over cabbage rolls.  Depending on how juicy you like the cabbage rolls you can add more soup/water to the roaster.
  7. Cook 2 ½ hours.
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