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2011/03/10 >"What's for Dinner Honey?" Ronnie's Stuffed Cabbage


"What's for Dinner Honey?" 

Comfort food, different kind of comfort food.  Not the kind that sends us into a starchy, sleepy, sweatpant-wearing trance.  No, the food we remember from childhood, dishes mother made from recipes passed down from Nana.

The kind that inevitably had Corn syrup, or Crisco, or a handful of MSG in them.  They've been transformed into something more modern,  perhaps a little less Crisco-centric.  These nostalgic recipes deserve to be brought out of the family recipe files, dusted off, and made again.  Add a story about Nana when you're making them, your kids wil love it. 

This comfort food comes from Ronnie, a Hingham Farmers Market devotee,  Darcy's mom, partner in crime to {the absolutely charming} Bill. This is her mother's recipe, she remembers watching her mother forming, folding and rolling these old fashioned favorites.

Stuffed Cabbage- from Ronnie Scott

1 medium head of cabbage
1 1/2 pounds ground beef
1/2 cup uncooked white rice
2 eggs
1 to 1 1/2 large cans of tomato sauce
1/3 box brown sugar {she uses a little less than that}
lemon juice, about 1-2 lemons depending how it tastes, you want a sweet/sour taste
salt and pepper

Boil large pot of water and place the whole head of cabbage in pot to soften and loosen leaves.  You may have to cut some off as they cook and put it back in the water for the middle leaves.

Mix meat with eggs, a little salt, washed rice and a bit of water or club soda.

Throw tomato sauce, brown sugar, and lemon in a saucepan, season with salt and pepper, and bring to a simmer.

Form small amounts , about a tablespoon, of meat mixture into an oval ball.  Place on one end of the drained cabbage leaf. Fold left and right sides of the leaf over the meat to make a long rectangle.  Starting at the end with the meat mixture, roll up the cabbage.  

Place in hot sauce end side face down {so they don't unroll} and cook for one hour on a small flame.