Monday, March 2, 2015

Meatballs In Red Cabbage Sauce

This awesome cabbage was just waiting to be picked from the garden this morning. I love taking a walk in the garden and coming back into the kitchen to create a brand new recipe. This recipe is a take off from a stuffed cabbage roll in a fantastic sauce. This dish has the best flavor and we served it over rice but it would be great with mashed potatoes. I just love having the cabbage dishes this month it always reminds me of my Irish heritage. I think that my Irish Grandmother would have loved this dish, we sure did and hope you will too.

Meatballs In Red Cabbage Sauce

Meatballs In Red Cabbage Sauce at Miz Helen's Country Cottage


We are starting this flavorful recipe with this beautiful cabbage from our winter garden. The cabbage is always so nice this time of the year, young and tender yet crisp and so fresh.

Meatballs In Red Cabbage Sauce at Miz Helen's Country Cottage

Meatballs In Red Cabbage Sauce
Miz Helen's Kitchen
Ingredients
For The Red Cabbage Sauce
A small head of cabbage, cut in thin strips
2 tablespoon olive oil
1 yellow onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 28 ounce can crushed tomatoes in puree
1 cup apple juice
3 tablespoons honey
1 cup dried cranberries
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper
1 teaspoon allspice
1/8 teaspoon cayenne
For The Meatballs
1 pound ground chuck (we use grain fed) 
1/2 cup bread crumbs
1/3 cup onions, chopped fine
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper
1/2 teaspoon allspice
1 tablespoon parsley
dash of cayenne pepper
Directions
For The Meatballs
Makes about 25 Small Meatballs
In a medium mixing bowl, mix together the ground chuck, bread crumbs, onions, salt, pepper, all spice, parsley, and cayenne.
Using a 1 tablespoon measure, form the meatballs and place on a foil lined baking sheet.
Bake at 350 degrees for 15 to 20 minutes, until lightly browned on top.
Set the meatballs aside to rest while you prepare the red cabbage sauce.
For The Red Cabbage Sauce
In a large heavy stew pot,on medium heat 2 tablespoons olive oil, saute the onions and garlic until the onions are clear.
Mix in the crushed tomatoes with the puree and cook together for 1 minute, then add the seasons and mix well.
Add the apple juice, honey and cranberries, mix well.
Add the cabbage and mix well making sure the cabbage is covered with the liquid.
Bring the heat to medium low, cover the pot and cook for 20 minutes.
Very carefully add the meatballs and carefully make sure they are covered with liquid.
Cover the pot and simmer for 20 to 30 minutes.
Enjoy!

Prepare The Meatballs

Meatballs In Red Cabbage Sauce at Miz Helen's Country Cottage

Prepare The Cabbage Sauce

Meatballs In Red Cabbage Sauce at Miz Helen's Country Cottage

Add The Meatballs

Meatballs In Red Cabbage Sauce at Miz Helen's Country Cottage

Cover and Simmer

Meatballs In Red Cabbage Sauce at Miz Helen's Country Cottage

Serve and Enjoy!

Meatballs In Red Cabbage Sauce at Miz Helen's Country Cottage
Maybe you will be inspired to grow some cabbage in your garden or visit a farmers market, pick up a fresh cabbage and turn it into a delicious dish. Thank you so much for stopping by today and come back to see us again real soon!
Peace and Joy

6 comments:

  1. This looks amazing! I love cabbage and this recipe sounds wonderful!

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  2. Mouthwatering! I can just imagine how wonderful this tastes.

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  3. My Grandma was Irish too, Miz Helen! I love your Meatballs in Red Cabbage Sauce - they look so good! How wonderful to be using fresh cabbage from the garden too! Thank you for sharing with us at the Hearth and Soul hop. Pinning and will tweet :-)

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  4. Oh my...so delicious! I always get so excited to see what you have brought to the party! Pinned and tweeted. Thank you for being part of our party. I hope to see you on Monday at 7. Lou Lou Girls

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  5. Mmmmm...this looks so delicious! I think I remember my grandmother making something similiar to this. You really cannot go wrong with meatballs and cabbage. I'm definitely going to be making this next week!

    Thanks for sharing at Inspire Me Mondays!

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  6. I love this take on cabbage rolls, especially since I dislike rolling the cabbage! Looks like it is packed with flavor. Thanks for sharing, Miz Helen.

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