So ……. I'm not Irish. Not even one little bit.
But, I've been told that everyone is Irish on St. Patrick's Day. ERIN GO BRAUGH! Let's celebrate!
Corned beef and cabbage seems to be the meal everyone is searching for during this holiday. The produce section of the grocery store will certainly have plenty of cabbage to choose from. However, growing up in the Midwest, our meal was more on the lines of Shepherd's Pie and not of cooked cabbage.
Times have changed and my taste buds have evolved. Cooked cabbage no longer has me running in fear like it did in my youth.
This year we will be making cabbage rolls. Think of it like meatloaf tucked inside of a cabbage leaf (nothing like putting an American spin on it - right!) These are made with the help of my slow cooker which gets bonus points in my house.
Slow Cooker Cabbage Rolls
12 leaves of cabbage
1 cup cooked white rice
1 egg beaten
1/4 cup milk
1/4 minced onion
1 lb. lean ground beef
1 1/4 t. ground black pepper
1 8 oz. can tomato sauce
1 T. brown sugar
1 T. lemon juice
1 t. Worcestershire sauce
1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Boil cabbage leaves 2 minutes; drain.
2. In a large bowl, combine 1 cup cooked rice, egg, milk, onion, ground beef, salt, and pepper. Place about 1/4 cup of meat mixture in the center of each cabbage leaf, and roll up, tucking in the ends. Place rolls in slow cooker.
3. In a small bowl, mix together tomato sauce, brown sugar, lemon juice, and Worcestershire sauce. Pour over cabbage rolls.
4. Cover and cook on Low 8 - 9 hours.
(adapted from Allrecipes)
Irish or not - what will you be doing this St. Patrick's Day? Are you cooking Cabbage Rolls or do you have your own favorite Irish recipe? Drop me a note and share some of your traditions - I'd love to hear from you.
May your troubles be less,
your blessings be more,
and nothing but happiness
come through your door.