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Grandma Elaine's Unstuffed Sweet & Sour Cabbage

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“It is not lightly that I post this recipe. This is not a cookbook or kicked around recipe. This is an authentic HEIRLOOM recipe that has been passed down through my family for ages. Each generation has improved and tweaked the recipe slightly (I suggested brown sugar instead of white). Let me know if you enjoy eating this as much as I do!”
2hrs 50mins

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Use Large Stock Pot and wooden spoon.
  2. Wash cabbage, cut off core. Cut cabbage in half horizontally. Take core out and cut.
  3. cabbage in 3 inch chunks.
  4. Cook sliced onions in oil until translucent.
  5. Add can of whole tomatoes, stir and chop slightly with spoon. Add tomato sauce, half of salt, half of pepper, and mix.
  6. Cover and simmer for 20 minutes, stir occasionally so it doesn't burn.
  7. Then add cabbage and stir and push cabbage down into the sauce.
  8. Cover pot and continue to simmer approx 1 hour till you can mix cabbage around in the sauce.
  9. In large bowl mix ground beef with chopped onion, 1 1/2 level teaspoons salt, 1/4 tsp pepper, 2 eggs, rice, and water. Mix well with hands.
  10. If too mushy, add a little more rice. Form golf ball size meat balls, and then store briefly in refrigerator to get firmer.
  11. Place meatballs on top of cabbage on sauce. Cover and simmer approx 15 minutes till meatballs feel firm.
  12. Then gently mix meat balls into sauce. Let pot simmer for approx 45 minutes, then add lemon. Taste for lemon taste, if not add more lemon.
  13. Then add raisins, honey, and then sugar a little at time to taste. Cook for another 15 minutes, then mix gently, uncover and remove from heat.
  14. Try not to eat right away so flavors can infuse. Tastes better when eaten the second day, but don't overheat. Only reheat what you will eat at that sitting.
  15. This freezes well.

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