Hamburger & Cabbage

Jan Bartholome Recipe

By Jan Bartholome 2HandsForHim

20 Min
45 Min

Don’t be fooled by the simplicity of this dish. As it cooks, the flavors blend to create something that’s not at all simple -- the cabbage undergoes a subtle transformation when it melds with the ground beef. Even better the next day.

This is comfort food. It’s not soup, but we eat it out of bowl like soup, pairing it with cornbread or crusty garlic bread. It makes a lot, but it’s wonderful tucked into whole-wheat pita for lunch the next day. Or add a can of chopped tomatoes, a can of corn and some broth to the leftovers for a delicious soup for supper in a day or two. Freezes well, too.

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2 lb
ground beef, very lean
lg. head of cabbage, coarsely chopped
1/2 - 1
onion, chopped
2-4 clove
garlic, minced
salt and pepper, to taste
added liquid (really!)

Directions Step-By-Step

In a large pot, brown the ground beef with the garlic and onion. Don’t drain the fat (if you use high-fat ground beef, you may want to remove part of the grease, but some is needed for flavor—this is still a very low-calorie dish).
Chop the cabbage coarsely (large chop) and add on top of the ground beef. Add salt and pepper. Cover kettle. Push cabbage down if necessary. It will cook down quickly. Reduce heat to low. Cook until the cabbage is tender...about 45 minutes.
Stir hamburger and cabbage together, and serve in bowls.
Variation: When the cabbage is tender crisp, stir in a large can of chopped tomatoes with the juice (and maybe a dash of cayenne pepper and ¼ -½ tsp. of turmeric, if we’re in the mood for a little heat.). Add a can of Ro-Tel tomatoes or ½-1 cup of chunky salsa, if desired. Continue cooking until the cabbage is done and the tomatoes are hot. Stir everything together and serve in bowls.
This variation will be more like soup, although it still won’t have a lot of liquid. Sometimes we add some brown Minute Rice right at the end, too. If you do this, you need to increase the liquid somehow: add some tomato juice or water or chicken broth. As you can see, this is a very forgiving recipe that will let you adjust it to your “taste of the day” or the taste of the people you’re serving it to.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Beef, Other Main Dishes, Burgers
Collection: Comfort Classics
Other Tags: Quick & Easy, For Kids, Healthy
Hashtag: #adjustable

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Brenda Reynolds cbreynolds
Jan 2, 2012
Looks and sounds awesome.
Jan 2, 2012 - Jan Bartholome shared this recipe with discussion group: What's Cookin' Today?
Joanne Bellezza-Loughlin Joannebl
Jan 2, 2012
Hi Jan...This recipe sounds great. Simple comfort food is my favorite. Saving for sure.
Jan Bartholome 2HandsForHim
Jan 3, 2012
Thanks Brenda and Joanne Thanks for sharing with your groups, Anna!
Connie Ottman cottman
Jan 3, 2012
Jan, this sounds yummy. Love cabbage. Will try this very soon. Thanks for sharing:)
Kelly Williams Wildflours
Jan 3, 2012
We had this when we were kids!! LOVED it!! (I think my grandma added a little bit of butter and maybe just a pinch of sugar, but it's mostly the same. WONDERFUL!) :D Thanks for reminding me of this comforting dish!!! :D
Kelly Williams Wildflours
Jan 3, 2012
I tried this recipe and say it's Family Tested & Approved!
Shelley Simpson Shellasim
Jan 3, 2012
Looks good Jan!
kathleen ralston innerlife
Jan 21, 2012
This looks so good and nourishing. I may be having it for lunch.
sally brantner sdbrantner
Jan 21, 2012
I made this last night and it was very good. I added a can of tomato sauce to mine. Thanks for sharing.
Deneece Gursky Smokeygirlxo
Jan 25, 2012
yum jan this looks delish!
Marguerite Flanagan maggiemae55
Jan 27, 2012
wow this looks yummy and I am starving right now!!! Thanks!
Sandy Griffith MomNana
Jan 29, 2012
Jan, I can not wait to try this. Sounds amazing!
Pat Duran kitchenchatter
Apr 28, 2012
I always love the cabbage and ground beef mom used to make something like this and now I do too. thanks for sharing your version. Hugs, Pat