Murlo Style Cabbage Rolls is one of our favorites.
We are sharing with you our knowledge gained over the years along with trial and error to making our cabbage roll that works for us.
Hope you find the recipe and following instructions useful.
1 pound lean ground beef
1 medium onion
3 Cups cooked rice
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
One large winter cabbage
1 can 425 gram/15 ounce of tomato sauce
Using a small sharp knife carve out the core of the cabbage.
Place the cabbage in a large covered pot and begin to blanch the cabbage leaves. You want them to be pliable but not overly soft.
Carefully remove the leaves from the cabbage in one piece.
It is easiest to run your thumb between the leaf and the head of the cabbage along the rib of the leaf. Using a lifting and pushing motion at the same time helps to loosen the leave in one piece. Place leaves into a colander to drain
You may need to return the head of cabbage to the pot a few times. Cabbage leaves are quite densely packed, and as you remove leaves you will find the inside leaves are not as pliable.
Cook the rice and allow to cool. Once cool stir with a fork to loosen the grains of rice. Add to a large bowl.
Add the ground beef to the bowl along with the salt and pepper.
Beat the 2 eggs and add to the bowl. Using your hands mix all the contents of the bowl together well.
We like to make our cabbage rolls with a bit of an assembly line fashion. Grab a golf ball size piece of the ground beef mixture. Form into a sausage shape approximately 2 inches long and 3/4 to 1 inch in diameter then set aside.
Rolling the Cabbage Rolls
1. Using a sharp knife cut the thick rib from the leaf. This is a narrow long triangle that you will remove. DO NOT CUT THE LEAF IN HALF. ONLY REMOVE THE STEM.
2. Turn the leaf so the cut is away from you. Overlap the cut edges. This will create a curved pocket at the top of the leaf.
3. Place the formed ground beef portion in this pocket. Complete one roll, then fold in the sides and roll to the end of the leaf.
4. Place rolled cabbage roll with the seam side down in a large casserole. Cabbage rolls come out best if only a single layer is placed in the casserole dish.
5. Once the casserole dish is full cover the cabbage rolls with the tomato sauce. The cabbage rolls should be covered. A bit of water can be added if necessary.
6. Place casserole in a 350 degree Fahrenheit oven. Bake 30-40 minutes. Remove the lid and bake another 15 minutes.