Lazy cabbage rolls are a casserole made with cabbage, ground beef, onions, tomatoes and spices. The casserole is meant to emulate the flavor and texture of traditional cabbage rolls without the difficult preparation. The recipe can be altered by using a different type of meat.
Traditional cabbage rolls are made with a filling of ground meat, rice and spices, wrapped in cabbage leaves and baked into individual rolls. Any recipe for traditional cabbage rolls can be made "lazy" simply by chopping or shredding the cabbage and mixing it with the rest of the filling instead of making rolls.
To make the Cooks.com recipe for lazy cabbage rolls, brown 1 pound of ground beef and 1/4 pound of bacon in a skillet with 1 medium chopped onion and 2 stalks of chopped celery. Then, cook 1/4 of a head of cabbage in water. Combine these ingredients with 1 quart of canned tomatoes and 2 cups of cooked rice, then pour the mixture into a casserole dish and bake at 350 degrees for one hour. This recipe serves six.
The Black Peppercorn's recipe calls for the beef and onion to be browned with extra spices including garlic, paprika, thyme, salt and pepper. This recipe also uses 3 cups of beef broth. The casserole with extra liquid is baked for 90 minutes.