If you’re looking for a healthy recipe read no further – this one is my specialty but it is loaded with fat.
Essentially, my stuffed cabbage rolls with bacon and Polska kielbasa are a guaranteed heart attack in every bite. But, I’ve been making them for years now, taking them to holiday parties or just making them to enjoy at home.
I think they’re great – and one of my aunt’s confirmed this. My Aunt Tootsie, who is no longer with us, once told me my cabbage rolls were better than my Aunt Joann’s.
Aunt Joann is known to make a mean cabbage roll.
“These are very good Jon,” she whispered into my ear one time she was visiting. “In fact they are even better than Joann’s. Don’t tell her I told you that though.”
Joann, if you somehow manage to read this, the secret is out – Tootsie thought these were better than yours. However, I think she was just giving me compliments like she always did.
You will need:
One large stock pot
Approximately 2-3 pounds of ground chuck
1 pound of ground pork
1 pound of bacon
1 pound of Polska kielbasa
2-3 cans of stewed tomatoes
1-2 cans sauerkraut
garlic powder, kosher salt
4 servings of cooked rice
2 heads of cabbage
***Before you begin any of these steps start by steaming your rice so it is ready and cool when you need it.
****As a side note – it is a good idea to place cabbage leaves and a few cups of water on the bottom of the stock pot before you begin your first layer. This helps keep the bottom layer of rolls from burning.