We’ve been eating this every winter for years.
I don’t remember where the original idea for the recipe came from, probably a ‘Ground Beef Cookbook’.
In the U.S. I used the traditional ‘white’ cabbage; here I use the ‘green’ or Savoy cabbage. Either work equally well.
Use any type of rice you like, but I use brown Basmati. It cooks in just 15 minutes.
A little bit of prep and an hour to bake and you have a hearty casserole full of good food: cabbage, brown rice, onion, garlic, tomato. Winter comfort food that’s not high in calories.
Sit back and relax while it bakes.
Add hot sauce or sprinkle with Parmesan before eating if you like.
Italian Beef & Cabbage
Total time: 80 minutes 60 minutes baking
- 1/2 cup (3.3oz, 95gr) quick-cooking brown rice, cooked in
- 1 cup (8oz, 240ml) beef stock, to yield 1 1/2 cups cooked rice
- 8oz ground beef (240gr mince)
- 2 cups shredded cabbage
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 2 ribs celery, chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 tbs olive oil
- 1 tbs Worcestershire sauce
- 1/2 tsp chili powder
- 1 tsp dried basil
- 1 tsp dried oregano
- 15oz (450ml) tomato sauce
- Cook rice.
- While rice cooks: Heat oil in nonstick skillet.
- Add onion, celery, garlic and sauté until tender, about 5 minutes.
- Add beef and brown, breaking it up as it cooks.
- Add Worcestershire sauce, herbs, chili powder.
- Cover and keep warm over low heat.
- Add brown rice when done.
- To assemble:
- Put half (1 cup) of the cabbage into a baking dish, put the beef/rice mixture on top, then the rest of the cabbage.
- Press it down a bit, then pour the tomato sauce over the top.
- Cover and bake at 375F (190C) for an hour.
Speaking of ‘Ground Beef Cookbooks’….
They were a staple when I was first cooking, such exotic titles as ‘100 Ways with Ground Beef’ or ‘Favorite Hamburger Recipes’.
Ground beef, at least at that time, was an economic staple and the cheapest way to get meat on the table.
Everything else was ‘better’.
When one was broke one ‘lived on hamburger’. One didn’t serve ground beef to company (unless it was hamburgers from the grill in summer, of course).
I don’t know if that’s still true in the U.S., not having bought meat since 1996, but it is definitely not true here.
There are no cookbooks specializing in ‘viande hachée’.
I didn’t realize this until the other day.
There was another pork sale. Pork sales are very common here and the deals are usually excellent.
Whenever I get the chance I buy large pork loin roasts and slice them into chops. That’s the only was I get thick-cut boneless pork chops.
Thursday I bought 2 pork loin roasts, totaling 10 pounds for $24.00 or $2.40 per pound. I also bought 3.5 pounds of pork sausages for $9.50 or $2.70 per pound.
Then I bought 14 ounces of ground beef, 15% fat, for $7.50 per pound.
Of course buying in bulk, like the pork, is cheaper. Ground beef is never on sale or available in bulk and the pork is not a lot more expensive when buying in small quantities.
A whole chicken, on the other hand…. Now we’re talking serious money.