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Cabbage rolls… my grandma used to make them for Christmas and Easter. When she wasn’t able to cook anymore, my dad longed for his bi-annual dose of these savory rolls. His craving launched me on a mission to create a cabbage roll recipe that was as good as my grandma’s. 

Since my grandma never used recipes, I have spent a significant amount of time searching for recipes and I have taken the best elements from a number of sources to make my own delicious concoction! 

Almost four years later and I’ve perfected this recipe… my dad says they are as good as Grandma’s… and that says something!

The BEST Cabbage Rolls

The BEST Cabbage Rolls


  • The Ingredients
  • Large jar sauerkraut (rinsed and drained)
  • 2 heads sour cabbage (boiled for 10 minutes, rinsed and separated)
  • .5 lb ground beef
  • .5 lb ground pork
  • .5 lb ground veal
  • Onion powder (equivalent to 1 medium onion)
  • 2 - 10.75 oz cans of tomato soup (prepared as directed on the can)
  • 1 package bacon
  • 1 1/2 cups cooked rice
  • 1 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • Salt & pepper (to taste)


  • Spread sauerkraut in the bottom of the casserole dishes; set aside.
  • In a large pan over medium heat, brown the beef, pork, and veal.
  • Remove from heat.
  • Stir rice, Worcestershire sauce, onion powder, garlic powder, salt, pepper and ½ tsp cinnamon into the pan.
  • Wrap about 1 - 1.5 Tbsp of meat mixture in each leaf of cabbage (you may have to cut larger leaves in half).
  • Lay rolls on sauerkraut.
  • Pour the tomato soup mixture evenly over the rolls.
  • Lay strips of bacon over the rolls.
  • Bake, covered in a 350 F oven for 2 hours.
  • Serve with sour cream or Greek yogurt.
  • Enjoy!!!

Do you like cabbage rolls? Try this recipe. You might be surprised at how addictive they are!



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Jennifer Bly
Jennifer Bly
Author of My Kitchen, My Classroom: An Introduction to Homeschool, creator of The Deliberate Mom, Deliberate Homeschooling and regular contributor to The Huffington Post. Jennifer writes about parenting, her faith, and life with her husband and two girls. Jennifer has a Bachelor of Applied Human Service Administration Degree with a specialization in Early Learning in Child Care.
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