Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Summer Garden Casserole

We picked a Napa cabbage this week and, it was so huge, I stretched it out into three meals. The first meal, we made a Napa cabbage salad. The second, we had cole slaw. And the third, I intended to make cabbage rolls. But, the leaves remaining weren't big enough to roll around the meat. So, I put together this summer garden casserole from a few different recipes.

Summer Garden Casserole
2-3 cups of cabbage leaves
4-5 carrots, cut matchstick-style
4-5 small onions, diced
2 teaspoon minced garlic
1 1/2 cup cooked steamed rice
10-12 small new potatoes, cut in half
1 pound ground beef, thawed
1-2 tablespoon olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste

Sweet and Sour Tomato Sauce
1 can pureed tomatoes
1 teaspoon garlic powder
2 tablespoons white vinegar
1 tablespoon sugar
  1. Sauted diced onion in olive oil until translucent. Set aside to cool.
  2. Mix together ground beef, onion, minced garlic, rice, salt, and pepper.
  3. Place cabbage leaves in a microwave-safe bowl with 3-4 tablespoons of water.
  4. Microwave cabbage leaves in covered dish for two minutes.
  5. Make sauce by combining tomatoes, garlic powder, white vinegar and sugar in a saucepan. Heat to a simmer.
  6. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  7. In a dutch pan, place carrot matchsticks.
  8. Layer steamed cabbage leaves on top of carrots.
  9. Place new potatoes on top of cabbage leaves.
  10. Mix meat mixture with 1/4 cup (or so) of tomato sauce. Mix well and form into 1-inch balls. Place meat balls on top of cabbage leaves.
  11. Pour remaining sauce over meat balls.
  12. Cover the casserole and bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour.
  13. Sprinkle with cheddar cheese for the last 5 minutes, if desired. And we desire it, because we are a cheese kind of family.

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