Beef: Croatian Style Cabbage Rolls (Sarma)

posted by Sparkie 05-11-103 1:36 PM

Sarma (Croatian Style Cabbage Rolls)

1 Cabbage *
1 pound lean ground beef
1 pound ground pork
1 cup long-grain white rice (parboiled)
1 onion, finely chopped
1 egg
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon coarse ground black pepper
1 pound sauerkraut
1 cup tomato juice
water to cover (flavoured with chicken Bouillion cube)
Sour Cream

Core cabbage and cook in boiling water to soften leaves, remove leaves, cut away heavy part of leaf.

In a large bowl, combine the beef, pork, rice, onion, egg, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Mix well. Using 1/2 cup of the mixture at a time, place on softened leaf and roll up

Spread the sauerkraut in the bottom of your 6 quart Nesco, then layer cabbage rolls on top, placing them seam-side down. Spread more sauerkraut on top and between rolls. Pour tomato juice over rolls, then add enough water to cover. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low and simmer for about 3 hours, or longer, adding more water as necessary.
Serve with a spoonful of sour cream on your rolls.

Freezes well too.

*Quite often when I can find it, I prefer to use what we call Sour Cabbage, which is a cabbage that has been prepared as you would prepare sauerkraut. This is a very sour taste, and a lot of people might not like it. I like it because I don't have to "prepare" the cabbage, as you would do with a "fresh" cabbage.

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