Friday, July 17, 2009

Kaaliruoka (Cabbage Meal)

from my Finnish Mother in Law, Ulla

This is a dinner that Ben remembers from his childhood. It is so filling and simple, I can see her whipping this up for her 8 hungry kids after a long day teaching ballet. Thanks for the idea Ulla!

1 lb ground beef
1/2 white cabbage, chopped into bite sized pieces
1 medium onion, minced
2-3 cloves garlic, minced
1 Tbsp brown sugar
2-3 cups rice
1 beef bullion cube
1 Tbsp dried parsley
salt and pepper to taste

Cook rice (enough for about 3-4 cups... this isn't an exact science) with beef broth or a beef bullion cube. Brown hamburger along with the onion and garlic in a large pot. Drain grease and return to pot along with the chopped cabbage, and parsley. Cook for a couple of minutes until the cabbage starts to soften. Stir in cooked rice along with salt, pepper and brown sugar. Serve (it was great with tomatoes!)

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