Ah, we remember it well.
Let’s do it Stuffed Cabbage
Ingredients and more than a pinch of sugar
1 large head of Savoy or green cabbage- including outer leaves
2 lbs chopped sirloin- 2lbs. Ground chuck chopped
3 eggs lightly beaten
3/4 Cup unseasoned bread crumbs
2 cups of raisins
Box of Uncle Benny’s (for those in the know) rice- aka- Uncle Ben’s Rice- none of that minute rice.
Kosher salt to taste- and a pinch for good luck
Sugar, Sugar, Sugar- slightly below the insulin line- Brown sugar
2 cans tomato sauce
1 can crushed tomatoes
1 can tomato paste
1 large yellow onion chopped- chop, chop, chop
3 tablespoons Wesson’s oil- what’s with this olive oil?
1 stick breakstones unsalted, sweet butter- you know the one in the red box.
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/4 Cup red wine vinegar
Boil large pot of water to dunk the head of cabbage for a few minutes
Peel off leaves with tongs as soon as they are flexible- dry on side on paper towel
Heat the oil and butter in saucepan, add onions and cook for 8 minutes- not 10 minutes – (8)- look to see onions are done-(translucent) my word not Bubbys.
Add the tomatoes, paste and sauce sugar, salt, pepper, vinegar and bring to boil.
Then cook on low flame, uncovered for 30 minutes. Stir a little and then stir again.
Now the filling- mix in Large bowl all the meat, oh wait cook the rice and add that to cooked meat- eggs, onion, salt, pepper, breadcrumbs and add 1 cup of the sauce you are cooking in the other pot to the meat mixture. Stir lightly with fork.
Ok now heat the oven to 350 degrees
In another pot add sauce to cover bottom of pot. Take the cabbage leaves and put in each one about a 1/2 cup of meat filling. Roll cabbage leaves up make sure they are tightly tucked and put in pot. Then add sauce, then add another layer of stuffed leaves and then add sauce. Add over and over till all cabbage leaves are used up. Cover the pot with the lid and make sure it is tightly covered nothing should boil over. Cook for an hour mamala and when you hear your husband coming in take off the lid. He should smell the stuffed cabbage before he says hello -and kisses you on the cheek.
Get some good rye bread( no seeds- they cause diverticulitis)- and put on table so he can dunk the sauce. Enjoy! Give him a tums before he falls asleep on the chair and you wake him up to go to the bed.
*Ok, mamala watch me and watch me good. You Will make this for your husband one day.