Following the days of judgement (Rosh Hashana, Yom Kippur), we rejoice with the holiday of Sukkot. One of the traditional foods prepared for eating in the Sukkah is stuffed cabbage. It is customary to eat stuffed or hidden foods on Sukkot to symbolize that our understanding of G-d’s verdict for the year (which is sealed on the final day of Sukkot) is hidden.
This dish freezes beautifully.
2 large heads of cabbage, 3 Tbsp oil, 1 1/2-2 lbs lean ground beef, 1 onion – chopped, 1/4 cup rice (white or brown) uncooked, 2 large eggs – lightly beaten, salt and pepper
SAUCE: 4 (8 ounce) cans tomato sauce, 3/4 cup light brown sugar, 1/3 cup lemon juice
Inspect cabbage leaves and clean well. Boil in water till tender. Put oil in large soup pot. Combine meat, onion, rice, eggs, salt and pepper. Place 1-2 tablesoons of the meat mixture on each leaf. Fold over sides and roll. Place rolls, seam down, in pot. Combine tomato sauce, brown sugar, lemon juice and salt and pepper. Pour over rolls. Bring to a boil, then simmer covered for 1 1/2 hours. Transfer to lightly greased baking sheet and bake for 60 minutes or till browned.
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