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Polish Halupkies

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1 medium onion
2 TBS olive oil
1 cabbage head
1 lb ground beef
1 cup uncooked white rice
2 cans fire roasted diced tomatoes
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Chop a medium onion and sweat it in a large pan with a little bit of oil (I used maybe two tablespoons of olive oil). Add a pound of ground beef, brown, and drain the fat. Salt and pepper to taste, then add a cup of rice. Pour in two cups of tomato juice. I used a 28 oz. tin of whole peeled tomatoes. I poured the juice in a measuring cup, and squeezed the tomatoes a little bit to get some more juice out of them. Set tomatoes aside for later. I had to top off the juice with water to get my two cups. Simmer for about fifteen minutes. Meanwhile put on some water to boil. Start taking the leaves off of a head of cabbage, keeping them intact. The batch I made yielded about a dozen or so rolls, and I got all the leaves I needed off of a kinda small head of cabbage. If there is a really thick stem any of the leaves, just cut them off in a little "V". When the filling is done, drop the leaves in the boiling (or very hot) water for a minute or so to soften them up so they don't break when you roll them. Take a leaf out of the water, drop a spoonful of filling onto the middle of a leaf, and then roll it up starting at the stem end. Tuck the sides in as you go, making something like a little cabbage burrito. Place each completed halupki into a pot (this is if you are going to finish them on the stove...I put mine in the crockpot). When all of your halupkies are in the pot, top with a sliced meduim onion, and the tomatoes that were set aside earlier. I just squish the tomatoes up real good with my fist as I add them to the crock. I also put some water and tomato paste in the crock to mostly cover the halupkies since they would burn to the sides otherwise. Fresh coarse cracked black pepper is a nice touch too. Simmer on the stove (or on low in the crockpot) for a few hours, or until you can't fight the urge to eat them any longer :D

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