Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Pigs in a Blanket, Italian Style!

My son called me today from 'up North' which is around 900 miles from my home.  He wanted my recipe for pigs in a blanket.   A little shy about how I murder the original Polish recipe, I asked if it was my own recipe he wanted or the real one.   You see I'm 100% Italian and my husband was German and Polish.  The recipe came from my husband's grandmother, but I felt an inert need to Italianize it. 

He wanted my own recipe.  It follows for him to use or anyone who has a need to eat Polish food with an Italian twist.

1 large head of green cabbage
2 cans of Hunts spaghetti sauce
1 cup uncooked rice (makes three cups of cooked rice)
1 pound hamburg
salt, to taste
pepper, to taste

Remove leaves from the cabbage by placing the head in boiling water for a minute or so.  Remove and use a sharp knife to remove the outer leaves from the core.  Rinse and repeat until all the leaves large enough to roll a mixture in are removed.  The inner leaves can be turned into cole slaw or cut up and cooked with the pigs in a blanket.  Slice off the hard spine of each leaf so the leaf will be easier to roll.

In a pan of water, cook the rice for 10 minutes.  Drain and rinse.  Place in a bowl and add hamburg and salt and pepper.  Mix well.

Place desired amount of mix in the center of the leaf and fold down the top part of the leaf.  Fold in the 2 sides, then the bottom.  Repeat with each leaf.

Line the bottom of a 9x13 oven safe dish with most of the first can of sauce.  Place the pigs on top of the sauce.  Cover the pigs with the remaining sauce.   Cover and cook 40 to 50 minutes in an oven on bake setting.

This recipe fed 6 people with a couple leftover for one lunch.

Serve with fruit and a salad.  Frugal and yummy!

8 comments:

  1. Interesting. I have always heard these called cabbage rolls

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    1. I'm giggling to myself because I was talking to a friend last night and used the term 'Pigs in a Blanket'. She was a bit confused and asked what the ingredients were. She exclaimed, "No. Those are cabbage rolls!" Welcome Verna to Angie's House.

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  2. Sounds yummy! If it ever cools down here in Northern California I'll have to make these. 108 predicted for Friday!

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    1. I know what you mean. I'm at my wits end with humidity and high temps, too. Bring on fall, already. Welcome to Angie's House, Alice's Granny!

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  3. Angie thank you for this lovely recipe. I am going to make your beet and eggs recipe too.

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    1. The beet and egg recipe is refreshing and the pigs are a nice comfort food. I hope you enjoy them. Let me know what you think.

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  4. We call this meal cabbage rolls and it is favorite dish here in Germany, specially in winter, But it is usually prepared in a bit
    different way. That means without rice, just filled with well spiced minced meat and without a tomato sauce.
    We like it too, with mashed potatoes.

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    1. I would assume this recipe was developed by those with fewer resources to comprise a balanced dish.

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