Golabki (Polish Stuffed Cabbage)
1 lb ground beef
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
2 Tbsp chopped onion
1 cup cooked rice
8 - 10 large cabbage leaves (one head of cabbage)
1 can tomato soup (Ragu also gives a lot flavor)
1 cup water
Parboil the cabbage until leaves are limp. They should separate and fall off pretty easily. Use tongs to remove from the boiling water. Let the leaves cool on a plate with a paper towel.
Pour half of the tomato soup at the bottom of a baking pan or roaster. Cover the bottom of the pan with cabbage leaves. I like to use the bad leaves (the ones that are falling apart) for the bottom, and save the good leaves for the actual rolls.
I cooked the rice in a rice cooker beforehand to allow it to cool. I also cooked the ground beef for a little while, but is not necessary since the rolls are going to be baked. If you do cook the beef, don't overcook or cook completely.
Mix the rice, ground beef, salt, pepper, chopped onion and egg in a large bowl. Place a generous amount of the meat mixture in a cabbage leaf and roll. If you've rolled egg rolls before, this part should be a breeze. Depending on the size of your leaves, these rolls can get pretty large and hefty. The larger the better!
Arrange the rolls in the baking pan, on top of the leaves. Make sure the opening is facing down to keep it together.
Pour the rest of the tomato soup over the rolls and cover with more cabbage leaves.
Bake in the oven at 350ºF for an hour and a half, or until the soup is boiling. Serve hot.
These freeze well too. Let them cool down and refrigerate for 24 hours before putting in the freezer.