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Ma Hook’s Cabbage Rolls

Ma Hook’s Cabbage Rolls

Beef, sausage, rice and onions are in the stuffing for this cabbage rolls recipe.

Ingredients: 2 medium heads of Cabbage,1 14.5 can tomato sauce,2 Garlic Cloves – minced,3 lbs. Ground Chuck,1 1/2 C. Onion – diced small,1/2 t. Pepper,1 1/2 C. Uncle Bens Converted Rice,2 t. Salt,1 lb. Sausage,1 small can Tomato Paste,1 can Tomato Soup,1/2 C. Water


  1. Mix well in a large bowl all ingredients except cabbage. (For some reason cheap sausage works best in this recipe)In a 5-6 quart pan pour in 3 inches of water and bring to a boil. Core cabbage and remove outer leaves.
  2. Add 1 head of cabbage to the pan and cover. Turn heat down to medium and let cabbage steam about 5 minutes until you can start peeling off outer leaves. Set cabbage in strainer and run cold water over it to cool and add other cabbage to pan.
  3. Place the leaves you peel off on paper towels to drain. Repeat until you are down to the centers of the cabbage. Lightly grease a 9 x 13 inch pan. To begin rolling cabbage on the bigger leaves, cut down the center and remove the large vein. I make my cabbage rolls small, just a little bigger than the size of your thumb. Use 1/2 of the cabbage leaf and add 1 heaping Tablespoon filling at the core end and fold over sides to enclose filling and roll up cabbage.
  4. Place seam side down and continue to roll until the bottom layer is complete. Salt and pepper this layer. Now continue and add another layer.Preheat oven to 425°F.
  5. Pour a mixture of 1/4 C. Vinegar and 1/3 C. Oil over the cabbage rolls.
  6. Bake in oven for 20 minutes. Take pan out of oven and drain off the vinegar and oil mixture.
  7. Mix up:One 14.5 can tomato sauce1 can Tomato Soup1 small can Tomato Paste1/2 C. Water1 t. Salt
  8. Pour over cabbage rolls. Cover cabbage rolls and bake at 350°F. for 1 hour and 30 minutes.Note: Usually before I add the tomato sauce mixture, if I have left over cabbage from the center of the cabbage I rough chop it and throw it on top of the cabbage rolls. Salt and pepper a little and then add the tomato mixture over all.

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