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Old 02-15-2009, 08:15 PM   #1
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Herbed Meatball Stew with Cabbage & Beans

I made this somewhat unusual stew, an old family favorite, for dinner tonight. It's a relatively inexpensive, hearty one-dish meal that's great on a cold rainy night.

HERBED MEATBALL STEW

Meatballs:

1 pounds ground beef
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1 cup fresh breadcrumbs
cup catsup
teaspoon garlic powder
teaspoon salt
teaspoon pepper

Stew:

1 tablespoon olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, pressed or chopped
1 28-ounce can chopped tomatoes
1 tablespoon sugar
2 cups sliced carrots
1 bay leaf
teaspoon thyme, crumbled
teaspoon marjoram, crumbled
cup red wine
4 cups shredded cabbage
1 16-ounce can kidney beans, drained
1 teaspoon caraway seeds

Directions:

1. Combine ground beef, beaten eggs, fresh bread crumbs, catsup, garlic powder, salt & pepper.

2. Form meat mixture into about 24 golf-ball-sized meatballs and place on foil-covered rimmed baking pan.

3. Bake at 450 degrees for 20 minutes or until well browned.

4. While meatballs are browning, saute onion in olive oil a large (5- to 8-quart) covered pot until translucent.

5. Add garlic and saute for additional minute.

6. Add tomatoes, sugar, carrots, bay leaf, thyme, marjoram, & wine; bring to boil and simmer 10 minutes.

7. Add browned meatballs, cabbage, beans, and caraway seeds; mix gently; add cup water if needed.

8. Return stew to boil, reduce heat, cover and simmer 1 hour or until carrots are tender.

Makes 4 generous servings.

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Old 02-15-2009, 08:20 PM   #2
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You had me at "4 cups cabbage". Thanks for the recipe, it sounds right up our alley!
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Old 02-16-2009, 01:31 AM   #3
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This is a wonderful recipe. It has been copied and filed, and sent to family members across the country. This is the kind of food we really love!!
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