- 10 large cabbage leaves
- 1 lb lean ground beef or turkey
- 1 cup cooked rice
- 1 cup dry bread crumbs
- 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 1/4 cup minced onion
- 1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
- 1 - 15 oz. can fire roasted diced tomatoes (undrained)
- 1/2 cup water
- salt and pepper to taste
- 10 strips bacon
How it's Done:
- Drop the cabbage leaves into a pot of boiling water and let them soften for about five minutes. Drain.
- Meanwhile, combine ground beef, rice, bread crumbs, eggs, onion, garlic, 1 cup cheese, salt, and pepper in a large mixing bowl. Use your hands to mash all the ingredients together.
- Open a cabbage leaf and mound about 3/4 cup filling in the center. Bring the sides in, completely encasing the filling. Wrap a slice of bacon around the cabbage leaf. Place parcel seam side down in a 9x11" rectangular baking dish. Continue this process until all the leaves are filled. Pour 1/2 cup water into the bottom of the dish.
- Cover the parcels with the canned tomatoes. Cover dish with aluminum foil and bake at 325 degrees for one hour. Remove foil, sprinkle with 1/2 cup shredded cheese, and bake another 20 minutes. Serve.
And now for dessert. I've heard a lot about these strange apple pies baked in paper grocery bags. Always up for something new, I decided to try it out for myself today. The results were interesting. The pie was tasty. My only issue with it is that it lacks the crispness in a traditional pie crust. I wouldn't let this recipe dominate my apple pie repertoire, but it was fun for a change of pace. You can find the recipe here.
Here are a few pictures detailing my experience with this pie:
The pie bakes in the paper bag! Everyone you tell this to will warn you to keep a fire extinguisher handy, but as you can see, my bag didn't even singe. Not a bit.