So my lovely Karol really loves cabbage. I mean she REALLY loves cabbage. Me not so much. But I am a considerate person, so on occasion I make something with cabbage just to put a smile on her beautiful face.
Some time ago my friend Jackie had posted a recipe on her Facebook wall for a deconstructed cabbage roll. This intrigued Karol so much she shared it with me and asked me to make it for her. So yesterday I indulged her. After all the boys are visiting their dad for the holidays and there was no one here to complain about what I cooked for dinner or “OMG, that smells like death”, which is what The Genius likes to say about food he doesn’t like……sigh……
So I am one of those people who posts pictures of food on Facebook. Yes, I am, sorry. I like food. This is why I have to spend so much time at the gym, but that is a story for another day. Interestingly after I posted my picture of the cabbage medley on the stove at least 4 people asked me to post the recipe. I have been looking for a reason to start blogging again. I want to, but I spent so much time writing last semester (which shall forever be known as “the semester that kicked my ass”) that to sit down and start typing was not appealing…..at all…… But posting this recipe seemed like the perfect platform to spring off to get back into blogging, so here I am….
Anyway, I looked and looked for a recipe, but none of them had exactly what I wanted, so I did what most seasoned cooks do. I picked something, and then adapted and changed it to be what I wanted. The biggest things I wanted to change was giving it a “Hungarian” flavor, as well as adding in brown rice. It is sometimes difficult to cook with rice because of knowing exactly how much liquid to add so you don’t end up with crunchy rice. So I just cooked the rice separately and then added it in at the end.
So this is my version of Deconstructed Cabbage Rolls
DECONSTRUCTED CABBAGE ROLLS
1 1/2 tbsp olive oil, divided (more or less, depending on your pan)
1 lb. lean ground beef
1/2 large onion, chopped small
2 tsp finely minced garlic
1/2 tsp. dried thyme
1 tsp paprika
salt and black pepper to taste
1 heads green cabbage, coarsely chopped
1 can petite diced tomatoes with juice
1 can tomato sauce
2 cups cooked brown rice
To be honest, it was pretty yummy. I bet it will be even better for leftovers when the flavors have had a better chance to “shake hands”, as my mother always says.