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Stuffed Cabbage Filling: 2 beaten eggs 1 pound ground beef ½ cup cooked rice ½ teaspoon garlic powder 1 tablespoon grated onion (or 1/2 cup chopped and cooked in oil) ½ teaspoon salt ½ teaspoon pepper 1 tablespoon catsup Sauce: 2 cups tomato sauce 2 tablespoons tomato paste ½ cup sugar ¼ cup lemon juice or cider vinegar Salt and pepper to taste Bring a large pot of water with a little vinegar to a rapid boil. Place a cabbage head in the water and cook about 5 minutes until you can remove outer leaves easily. Cool and remove about 14 large leaves. Trim the center rib of each leaf. You can chop up extra leaves and put them in the bottom of your baking dish with some chopped onions. Combine stuffing and put about 1-2 heaping tablespoons on each leaf, fold sides over stuffing, then fold over the rib end and roll...
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