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  1. Is 48 ounces tomato juice correct? Thanks Sherron

    • Hello Sherron. You can use either 46 or 48 ounces of tomto juice. It does make quiet a lot of sauce. I recommend freezing the keftover sauce for another time.

  2. Just made this tonight for dinner!!! It was AMAZING!! I didn’t roll the cabbage… I put a layer on the bottom of the baking dish… made the meat rolls.. added another layer of cabbage and the sauce!!! We call it “lazy stuffed cabbage”
    Served it with homemade mashed potatoes and crescent rolls!! (The brown sugar totally made the sauce!)

    • Hi Sue. I’m so glad you loved them! The brown sugar is the key! BTW, you’re not lazy. That’s the smart way to making it.

  3. Aloha Stacey,
    This is the second time in two weeks I am making your fabulous Bubbie’s onolious (really delicious) cabbage rolls. I doubled the recipe, hoping to have extra to freeze. But none left to freeze lol. This is feeding five adults!
    Mahalo nui loa,

    • Aloha Annamarie! 2 times in a week! Girl…..Why didn’t you invite me over? LOL. I’m so glad you loved this recipe. It’s the best!!!!

  4. What does parboil mean? And where is the base of the leaf? I’m just learning how to cook and I love it. It calms me down. Thank you for posting this recipe. I’ve never even have tasted a cabbage roll in my life. I can’t wait to make it.

    • Hi Catalina,

      The way you parboil the cabbage is to place the entire cabbage head in a large pot and boil it until the leaves are tender enough to be pulled off from the core. Parboiling basically means to cook an item until it becomes soft. As for the base of the leaf, that would be the thickest area that was attached to the core. I hope this clears things up for you. I’m so thrilled you’re learning to cook. Not only is cooking fun, but buying cooking tools is equally fun. LOL. I truly hope you enjoy the stuffed cabbage.

  5. Oh my goodness. I made these tonight, and they were PHENOMENAL. Thank you.

    • I’m so glad you enjoyed them!

  6. Do you cook the meat first? Our just mix it all raw?

    • Hi Kayla, You will want to add the meat mixture raw into the cabbage rolls. If you’re concerned about making sure the meat is fully cooked, feel free to insert a food thermometer into the roll. you’ll also want to add the rice raw. The juices from the meat will flavor and cook the rice. I hope this helps. Enjoy!

  7. This is a fantastic recipe
    Very similiar to mine!!

    • I’m so glad you liked it! How did my recipe differ from yours? I’d love to try your recipe out.

  8. Uncooked rice? What kind of rice did you use and did it come out dry?

    • Hi Renee. Yes, you mix the meat with uncooked rice. When the cabbage roll is cooking the juices from the meat will cook the rice. I know it seems weird but it works. If you cook the rice first then mix it with the beef, the rice will be mushy. You can use any rice you like. We enjoy jasmine rice so I always use that. If you don’t feel comfortable using a long grain rice, uncooked Minute Rice works just as well.

  9. Would it be good to put sauerkraut on top of all of it?

    • Hi Christy! If you love cabbage as much as I’m thinking you do since sauerkraut is cabbage, then I say go for it. The zing of the sauerkraut mixed with the sweetness of the stuffed cabbage may make the dish even more delicious than it already is. Please let me know if you added it and how it worked out for you.

  10. Hello! Your grandma sounds like a real character! 🥰I’m about to make a toaster full of these and would like to know the yield of the recipe. I need to make approximately 150. -Roxane

    • I meant roaster full! 😂

      • OMG, you’re so funny. In all honesty, Roxane, it depends on the size of the rolls and how much meat you put into them. I typically make mine really fat and my recipe typically nets about 8 cabbage rolls. 150 rolls, oh my!!!!! When are you cooking it? I’ll be sure to swing by and have some. HUGS! -Stacey

  11. Hi. I know this will make too much for just my husband and me. Do you bake them then freeze them or put them in the freezer once assembled but before baking?

    Thank you.

    • Hi Tammy, yes, you can bake them then freeze them.

    • Where does the water go

      • Step 6. You may have overlooked it. LOL. Let me know how the dish turns out.

  12. Can you make a lot of cabbage rolls and freeze them then thaw them out and heat them up.

    • Yes, you most certainly can

  13. Hi, Stacey!
    Is it possible to make the stuffed cabbage leaves and sauce a day ahead & assemble & bake the day you want to serve?

    • Hi Molly, sorry for the delay in getting back to you. I’m sure you’ve already made the stuffed cabbage, and I’m hoping you loved it! Yes, you can most certainly make it ahead of time. 🙂

  14. Is the total cooking time 1 hour at 350 then an additional 1/2 hour at 375 making total cooking time 1-1/2 hours, was a bit confused. Thanks Patty

    • Hi Patricia. Yes you are correct. 1 hour at 350, then 1/2 hour at 375. For a total of 1-1/2 hours. I’m so sorry for the confusion I may have caused. Let me know how it turns out. Hugs – Stacey

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