Hungarian Sweet and Sour Cabbage rolls


Revision of cabbage rolls my mom made. My husband is used to a very sweet version. Personally I like it less sweet. You will have to revise this to your own tastes This is a big recipe and will take quite some time to make.This time I added too much sugar for my tastes. I am used to a less sweet version without cinnamon. You can cut recipe in half .

2 pounds of ground beef
1 cup cooked rice( I made mine with beef bouillon flavored water)
2 onions chopped and put in seperate dishes
2 heads of green cabbage
1 can sauerkraut
2 small cans tomato paste
2 small cans of tomato sauce
4 cloves garlic chopped
1 t c innamon
1 cup water
1/4 c olive oil
I n a large stock pot put water 3/4 way up with salt. . Take cabbage and remove cores on each. Set cores aside. Place both heads of cabbage in water and bring up to simmer. When leaves become loose, remove heads from water and set aside. Carefully remove leaves being careful not to rip. I removed about 10-12 on each head. Place those aside. With remaining smaller leaves. chop up as well as your cores and place into huge turkey roasting pan. Put chopped onions on top. Add sauerkraut. Not drained.Mix by hand to make it evenly mixed.Take meat and add 1 of the chopped onions, add rice and your oil. mix well. Take one leaf and cut triangle wedge out of bottom of leaf to aid in rolling. place about 1 big tablespoon of meat mix on cabbage leaf near bottom. fold bottom up slightly. fold in right then left sides to cover meat. roll up. place seam side down in roaster pan. repeat with remaining leaves. In a big bowl. Mix your tomato sauce and tomato pastes. add brown sugar. This time I added a lot of sugar and it was too sweet for my taste. add 8 T of sugar or more( I ended up using almost 3 times more so my husband would like it) Add your garlic,cinnamon and water.Check the taste of it. mix well. pour over your rolls. Sprinkle generously with paprika( I liked the smoked paprika) Cover and bake 350. Check after about 1 hour. baste rolls as needed to keep from drying outWill need to baste a couple times.. Bake 2- 2 1/2 hours. I made 22 rolls this time


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