Posted in Beef, Casseroles, Dinner

Stuffed Cabbage Casserole

Thought this would be a good dish to make. Reminded me of the stuffed cabbage my Grandma used to make. But this tasted nothing like my Grandma’s. I actually did not care for this dish… But you might…

Recipe

2 tsp olive oil, divided
1 lb. 95% lean ground beef
1 large onion, chopped fine
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1 tbsp finely minced garlic
1/2 tsp. dried thyme
1 tsp sweet Hungarian Paprika
salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste
1 1/2 heads green cabbage, coarsely chopped
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1 can (14.5 oz.) petite dice tomatoes with juice
1 can (15 oz.) tomato sauce
1/4 cup water
2 cups cooked rice
2 cups low-fat mozzarella cheese

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Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray a large glass casserole dish with non-stick spray.

Heat a large frying pan on medium heat; add ground beef
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and cook until it’s browned and cooked through,
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breaking it apart as it cooks. Remove ground beef and set aside.
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In the same pan, add 1 tsp olive oil, chopped onion and cook
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over medium heat until the onion is translucent and starting to brown, about 5 minutes. Add the minced garlic,
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dried thyme, and paprika
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and cook about 2 minutes more. Then add the diced tomatoes with juice,
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tomato sauce,
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and ground beef.
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Add water to the pan. Simmer until it’s hot and slightly thickened, about 15-20 minutes.

While it simmers, cut cabbage in half, cut out the core, and remove any wilted outer leaves; chop the cabbage coarsely into 1 inch pieces.

Heat remaining olive oil in a large frying pan or dutch oven; add the cabbage and cook
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over medium-high heat until the cabbage is wilted and about half cooked,
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turning it over several times so it all wilts and cooks. Season with salt and fresh-ground black pepper.

When the meat and tomato sauce mixture has cooked and thickened a bit, stir in the 2 cups of cooked rice and gently combine.
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Spray casserole dish with non-stick spray and the layer half the cabbage,
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half the meat mixture,
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remaining cabbage, and remaining meat mixture. Cover tightly with foil and bake 40 minutes,
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or until the mixture is just starting to bubble on the edges.

Remove foil and sprinkle on cheese (if using.)
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Bake uncovered an additional 20 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and starting to slightly brown. Serve hot.

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Author:

Hello World! My name is Jamie! But a lot of peeps think I am Crazy! So some call me Crazy Jamie! The name originally came from my mother in law, she nick named me crazy nena, which means crazy woman in Spanish and well I always loved the name and well its stuck and I feel it fits me quite well. So I went with it! My friend Stacey’s kids also call me Crazy Jamie. Not Jamie, but Crrrrazy Jamie! Why be just Jamie, when I can be CRAZY JAMIE! So welcome to my world! I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Food! I probably think about food more than a man thinks about sex. Well maybe not…But I think about it a LOT! I am always looking for recipes and inspirations and things I want to cook! I collect recipes and I LOVE Pinterest! Greatest place to get recipes! That’s where I get all mine! I am 35 years young and have been married to my Puerto Rican Hubby Normando Luis. Going on 5 years this year! We got hitched on 8-8-08. It’s just the two of us and always will be. I don’t want kids and yes he is ok with that! I like it just the two of us having fun, sipping wine, cooking, walking around naked and being goofy and on the go. It’s how we roll, and I LOVE our life! Why be like everyone else! I LOVE to be different! I have always been the odd one out, or stood out, or stood alone and always the loud girl. I am me 100% me all the time! Cussing, goofy, tons of energy, picture taking, pink hairs, crazy, outgoing chic! Some don’t like it, but that’s ok, not everyone can like someone so awesome! Did I mention I LOVE food, all kinds! My favorite food is Sushi, then Italian! I also LOVE learning how to make foods from my hubby’s homeland of Puerto Rico! I will travel there someday! I also LOVE Cajun/creole food! I think I was a Cajun in a past life! I also LOVE to make homemade pasta and my most favorite tomatoes are San Marzano tomatoes! How I show love to friends and family is by cooking for them! I put my heart and soul into my food and cooking! It’s my passion and you can see, hear and taste it! My favorite place to be in is my kitchen cooking! I love to hike and have lived in Colorado my whole life. I don’t think I could live anywhere there wasn’t mountains! I also LOVE the dry heat! I don’t handle humidity too well. Along with cooking and taking pictures and hanging out with my hubby, I also have a side salsa business I do as well as a cupcake business too. I love to stay busy! Why rest? I can’t sit still so I just keep a moving anyway I can! So this is me and my world and welcome to it!

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