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To me, cabbage rolls are an acquired taste.  Either you like it or you don’t.

The original recipe, that I got from a friend, requires you to combine all uncooked ingredients and cook in the oven for two hours.  However,  it being 95 degrees outside, needless to say – I didn’t want to do that!

So, I decided to make a unstuffed cabbage roll casserole that you can put in the crock-pot.

Almost Cabbage Roll Casserole

You’ll need..

  • 1 lb. ground beef, cooked and drained
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 1 to 2 cups brown rice, cooked
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. pepper
  • 28 oz. diced canned tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tsp. dry mustard
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 8 cups coarsely chopped cabbage (about 1 medium head)

Optional Ingredients: sautéed Mushrooms (baby portabellas)  and Fresh Basil – couple dashes Worcestershire Sauce.  Isn’t that a weird word? Worcestershire -wooster- sister-sire, wooster-sheer. Okay.  back to the recipe.

Directions:

Brown ground beef and onion; drain off fat.  Cook rice according to package directions.  In a large bowl combine: salt, pepper, tomatoes, cider vinegar, brown sugar, dry mustard and minced garlic.  Whisk to combine.  Coarsely chop cabbage and put in a steamer pot – steam until done.

In a Crock-pot, layer ground beef and mushrooms, rice and cabbage.  Continue layering, topping with cabbage.  Pour the tomato mixture over top, do not stir.  Add fresh basil on top.  Cover and cook on high for 30 minutes – turn heat down to low and simmer for about an hour until flavors meld.

Enjoy.

Ground Beef & Mushrooms

Rice Layer

Cabbage Layer

Topping off with Cabbage

Pour tomato mixture over cabbage - do not stir

Top with basil - optional

The only way I like this recipe is covered with cheese (provolone and mozzarella mix) and shrooms!  Call me weird… like wooo-sta-shire-sauch. 🙂

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You’ve heard of Krystal Burgers, right?   What about White Castle?

Anyway, they are both a restaurant chain that sells the best little sliders.  They are really addicting.  They’re steamy, dreamy and taste oh so good.

Well, I have found a copycat recipe that tastes just like the real thing.  I am SERIOUS!  I was skeptical at first.  But, after taking one bite!  My first thought was, “Oh my Gosh, How WONDERFUL!”

You have to try these great little nuggets of love.  Don’t make me twist your arm. 😉

Krystal/White Castle Burgers

recipe from:CopyKat

12 – 14 Dinner Rolls (Parker house shape, 2 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ size)
1 lb. lean ground beef (80% lean)
1/2 C. water (for beef)
1/2 tsp. Salt
3/4 C. diced onions
1 beef bouillon cube
1/2 – 1 C. Water (for onions)
Dill Hamburger Slices

In food processor place ground beef, salt and water. Process for a few seconds so water and salt are blended through ground beef and meat should look a little pasty. On a 11″ x 13″ jelly roll pan place plastic wrap on bottom. Place hamburger in middle and with another piece of plastic wrap on top of meat. Roll hamburger out to 1/4″ thick. Remove plastic wrap and cut meat into 3″ x 3″squares, leave ground beef pieces on tray. You should get between 12 and 14 squares. Perforate each piece five times with the end of a plastic straw, this will give the meat little steam holes. Cover hamburger with plastic wrap and place in freezer until meat is partially frozen but not solid.

Place onions, beef bouillon, and 1/2 cup water in fry pan. On medium low heat saute and stir onions until they are clear, more water may be added as needed. Turn heat off until ready to cook hamburger patties.

When beef patties are ready to prepare, turn fry pan on medium low heat and add enough water to onions just so the bottom of fry pan is covered. Place patties in pan and cover with lid.

Frying time is just a few moments. Turn patties and cook until done but not dry. The patties should be juicy. When hamburgers are finished cooking place on top of a roll add pickles, cover hamburgers so they will steam slightly or pop in microwave covered just for a few seconds until ready to serve.

Also: add cheese, mustard & ketchup

Enjoy

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