The very name Pigs in a Blanket evoke memories of returning home on a chilly day and Mom would have a big pot of cabbage rolls simmering that were just plain good! While it may be true that not everyone likes cabbage and kraut, in this recipe it's the sauerkraut that really gives these cabbage rolls spark. Sometimes a special ingredient that's unexpected in a particular dish is the secret to its memorable flavor.
Mom's Pigs in the Blanket
Serving Size: 8
2 pounds hamburger
1 onion, chopped
1 27-ounce can sauerkraut, drained
Salt and pepper to taste
2 cups cold cooked rice
1 medium head cabbage
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 quart tomatoes
Wash and core cabbage. Place in a large pot of boiling water and cook for five minutes. Remove from heat and let stand for five minutes to soften leaves. Drain and set aside. Mix together beef, rice, eggs, garlic, salt and pepper. Separate cabbage leaves carefully, keeping them whole. Place leaves flat and trim the thick center vein to thickness for the rest of the leaf. Spoon meat mixture on base of each leaf; roll up; tucking ends and sides under. Combine tomatoes, onion and brown sugar. Put undrained sauerkraut in slow cooking pot. Arrange cabbage rolls over sauerkraut. Pour tomato mixture over all. Cover tightly and cook at low for 6 to 10 hours; at high 3 to 5 hours.
Lemon and Garlic Toast
1 pound loaf French bread
1/2 cup butter or margarine, melted
2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
4 tablespoons lemon juice
1 tablespoon lemon peel, grated
1 clove garlic, minced
1/4 teaspoon pepper
Cut bread diagonally into 1-inch slices. Combine remaining ingredients; brush over cut sides of bread. Wrap loaf in foil. Bake at 400 degrees for 15-20 minutes or until heated through.
Lemon Melt-in-Your-Mouth Cookies
1 cup butter
1/3 cup powdered sugar
3/4 cup cornstarch
1-1/2 cups flour
Mix above ingredients. Form into small balls. Flatten slightly. Bake in 325 degree oven for about 15 minutes. Cool and frost with a combination of 1 cup powdered sugar, 1 large tablespoon butter, and 1 tablespoon lemon juice. Mix well and frost cookies.
GARY'S TIP: Use instant potatoes as a good thickener for soup.
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