I'm not sure I've ever been a fan of cabbage rolls but enough time has passed since I last tried them where I was willing to give them another try. The recipe for Mini Lazy Cabbage Rolls with Vodka-Spiked Tomato Sauce published in this seasons Food & Drink magazine really sounded like something all of us would enjoy.
We began by keeping some white rice to the side from the previous night's chicken fried rice, so that took care of the first step. Secondly there is a step of boiling the cabbage, which takes a bit of time because you need to let it cool in order to chop. That was just the beginning of a whole lot more work including lots of chopping, assembling, baking and making the sauce. Wait... lazy these are not. Got me thinking, in most peoples cases who work during the weekdays, a recipe like this doesn't allow enough time to complete unless you are quite used to eating at 9pm. But, as with the cake, there are steps upon steps, which I quite enjoy while being at home with the baby. It's February during one of the coldest winters in recent memory, so if it takes all afternoon to putter on a dinner with great results, then I'm quite happy. A recipe like this is great to prep on the weekend and then you can expect to enjoy this for 2 nights as it makes many rolls.
Overall, this is an amazingly delicious dinner with an economical list of ingredients. The entire family really loved these cabbage rolls and it definitely delivers beyond the standard cabbage rolls we might be used to.