Cabbage Rolls Unrolled

Cabbage rolls 2I spent my formative years in an area populated by immigrants from Eastern Europe, especially Ukraine.   Cabbage Rolls were a much anticipated staple in many households.  They are delicious, packed with nutrition, and inexpensive. However, they are also labour intensive. This recipe is an easier way of getting your cabbage roll fix without sacrificing savings, taste, or nutrition.


  • 1/2 pound of ground beef.  Ground pork would also work as would deer meat if you are lucky enough to have a hunter in your household.
  • 300 ml tomato sauce
  • 1 cup beef stock (or one cup boiling water and a bouillon cube)
  • 1/2 cup rice
  • 1/2 (or so) of a medium cabbage (about 1½ pounds)
  • 1 small onion

You will also need a bit of oil for frying the meat and a 2.8 liter casserole dish with a cover.

In a frying pan with a bit of oil, brown the meat and the onion. While the meat is cooking, shred or roughly chop the cabbage into a casserole dish.  Add the browned meat and onion, along with all the other ingredients.  Mix well.

A dish full of goodness.

A dish full of goodness.

Cover and cook in the oven at 350°F for 1 hour.  After an hour, remove from the oven and stir. Replace the cover and put the casserole in the oven for another 30 minutes.

This casserole makes excellent leftovers the following day.

Here is what it cost to make 4 servings.


Price (September 2015)

Cost for 4 Servings

Ground beef

$4.98 per pound (Huckleberry)



Free if homemade or $2.88 per liter for store bought or use stock cubes and water


Onion Free from the garden. Currently selling for about $1.00 a pound $0.50

Free from the garden. On sale for $0.48 per pound (Huckleberry)

Tomato sauce

Currently about $2.00 a can or use homemade.


If you buy all the ingredients for this dish, each serving will cost about $1.60.   The availability of homegrown and homemade ingredients will have a major impact on the cost of this dish.



2 thoughts on “Cabbage Rolls Unrolled

  1. I call these Lazy Girl Cabbage rolls, Been making them for years,more sauce on the filling and if you cut the cabbage small enough everyone eats it. yea.


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