Old Fashioned Cabbage Rolls

I always loved cooking, but I was especially intrigued by traditional foods that had been around for generations. My great-grandmother shared her recipe for old fashioned cabbage rolls with me, telling me tales of how she used to make them for her own family when she was a young woman.

I was so intrigued by this centuries old recipe that I decided to make a batch of cabbage rolls for my family. I started by gathering all of the ingredients; cabbage, beef, rice, onions, garlic, and tomatoes. Then I proceeded to stew the cabbage leaves in boiling water until they became limp. I stuffed each leaf with the mixture of beef, rice and seasonings, and rolled them up, then secured them with kitchen twine.

The best part about cabbage rolls is that they’re incredibly versatile. You can add different spices to the filling, such as cumin, oregano, or paprika, or substitute the ground beef or pork with turkey or vegetarian alternatives. You can also switch up the type of cabbage used and try other leafy greens like collard greens or Swiss chard.

Old Fashioned Cabbage Rolls

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Recipe by Recipe Wonderland Contributors Course: LunchDifficulty: Easy


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Cabbage rolls are a classic dish that takes a bit of time to prepare but it is worth it! This family favorite recipe is full of flavor and is sure to be a hit with your family.


  • 1 head 1 cabbage, cored

  • 1 lb 1 ground beef

  • 1/2 cup 1/2 uncooked long-grain white rice

  • 1/2 cup 1/2 chopped onion

  • 1/4 cup 1/4 diced celery

  • 2 cloves 2 garlic, minced

  • 2 tbsp 2 tomato paste

  • 1 tsp 1 paprika

  • 2 tbsp 2 Worcestershire sauce

  • 1 tsp 1 parsley

  • 1 pinch 1 salt

  • 1 pinch 1 black pepper


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • Cut the head of cabbage in half and remove the core. Place the halves in a large pot of boiling water for about 8 minutes. Remove and let cool
  • In a large bowl, mix together the beef, rice, onion, celery, garlic, tomato paste, paprika, Worcestershire sauce, parsley, salt, and pepper.
  • Gently pull off 8 large cabbage leaves from the cooled cabbage and spoon about 1/3 cup of the beef mixture onto each of the leaves. Fold each of the leaves over to cover the filling and roll them up like a burrito. Place each cabbage roll seam-side down into a 9×13 baking dish.
  • Cover the dish with aluminum foil and bake for 1 hour.
  • Set aside to cool for 5 minutes. Serve warm and enjoy!


  • To make it even more flavorful add your favorite spices.

Cabbage rolls or stuffed cabbage is a traditional dish that has been around for centuries. It is a classic, comforting meal found in many cultures. Cabbage rolls are made with a variety of fillings, from ground beef to pork, chicken, or a combination of vegetables and grains. The filling is wrapped in cabbage leaves and cooked in a flavorful tomato-based sauce. This old-fashioned dish is easy to make and can be customized for any taste.

It is a hearty and satisfying meal that can be enjoyed any time of year. The preparation time may seem lengthy, but the results are definitely worth it. The combination of the savory filling and the sweet and tangy tomato sauce is delicious!

These traditional rolls are affordable and made of simple ingredients that can easily be found at your local grocery store. Plus, they are full of nutrients like protein, calcium and vitamins A and C. Cabbage rolls are perfect for busy weeknights because they can be prepared ahead of time and cooked quickly.

Best of all, they are easy to adapt to suit any palate with the addition of various herbs, spices and vegetables. No matter the occasion, cabbage rolls are a tasty and satisfying meal that your family is sure to love.

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