Sunday, August 21, 2011

Dinner With This Week's Deals: Grandma's Cabbage Rolls

Since my mother is visiting this week, I decided to put her to work a little bit, and had her help me make one of our favorite meals.  It's a pretty easy recipe to make, it is just messy and time consuming, so I never attempt it unless I have a helper around.

I'm going to share my grandmother's delicious cabbage roll recipe with you today, and since I got both ground meat and cabbage on sale this week, it was a very inexpensive meal to make.

1 cup raw rice
1 lb. ground beef
3/4 cup green onions  (we were out so we substituted some bell pepper.  Hope it's good!)
3/4 cup chopping onion
3 cloves garlic  (we used minced)
1/2 tsp Black Pepper
1/2 tsp. Red Pepper
2 1/2 tsp. Salt
1 8oz can tomato Sauce
1 Large Cabbage

--Boil cabbage in a pot of hot water just until the outer leaves begin to get limp (don't let them get too mushy).

--Remove cabbage from water and let cool.  (Save some of the water it was boiled in to cover the rolls).

--In a large bowl, combine meat, rice, seasonings, and half of the tomato sauce.

--Remove leaves carefully from cabbage, trying not to tear them.

--Place 1 tablespoon of mixture in the center of the cabbage leaf (adjust amount per size of leaf).

--Roll up the meat in the center of the leaf, and place the rolls into a pot.  (I place some of the outer cabbage leaves that normally tear onto the bottom of the pot before placing the rolls in so that the bottom rolls do not stick).

--Add 1 cup of the original liquid back to the pot.  Pour the other half of the tomato sauce on top.  Cover and simmer over low heat for 1 1/2 hours.  (I find that if you add more liquid to the pot, the cooking time decreases.  I like to add some beef broth in lieu of some of the liquid/water.  I carefully cut open one of the top ones to check that the rice is fully cooked).

My camera is not cooperating to get a picture of them fully cooked. =(

The Cost:
I doubled the recipe since we have an extra mouth to feed this week, and my husband will have some lunches to take to school this week.

Prices are based on this weeks sale prices/prices I paid for items with coupons.

2 cups rice = about a whole 1 lb. bag that I paid $0.19 for at Kroger
2 lbs. ground beef @ $1.00/lb at El Rio Grande = $2
1 large onion @ 8lbs for $1 at El Rio Grande = $0.13 if the onion was a whole lb.
minced garlic (already on hand)
seasoning (already on hand)
2 cans tomato Sauce @ $0.25 when purchased =  $0.50
2 large cabbages @ 3 lbs for $1 at El Rio Grande =  $1.60 total from my receipt (boiled down the rest for a side for my husband).

Total:  $4.42

This would probably feed all 5 of us (myself, my husband, my mother, and both girls--5 and 2) dinner at least twice, so I could divide that total in half =  $2.21 per meal.  That is just $0.44 per person per meal (assuming it doesn't stretch even farther than that!).

I love doing these calculations!  Reminds me exactly why we need to be eating at home. =)


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