These cabbage rolls, or “piggies” as my Nanny would have called them, bring back so many wonderful memories for me and are about as comfort-food as comfort-food gets for this Polish gal…

Kitchen nostalgia 🙂

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And if we wanna get technical, we can call them golabki… tomato tohmato?

I’m sure each of us has our own version of a recipe that makes us feel this way, which to me is one of the wonderful things about food, tastes evoking thoughts and memories with just a single bite.

So… here is mine!

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It wasn’t until much later in life that I realized most folks weren’t referring to beef and rice stuffed cabbage when they made reference to “pigs n’ a blanket” haha.

Hot dogs, whaaaa? Mind blown. However, moving on…

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This recipe comes from an old church cookbook from Nanny’s town of Wilkes-Barre, PA and incorporates ingredients that are about as basic as you can get.

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Like rice, onion, egg.

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Ground beef and cabbage.

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Topped with a mixture of tomato soup and…. ketchup??? Yup!!

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But no matter how simple these flavors are, there is something about this dish that just warms my heart and soul every.single.time. and will always taste like home to me 🙂

Takes me right back to many years ago at my Nanny’s table and piping hot “piggies” being served right from that black and white speckled baking pan she always used…

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Because that’s what comfort food should be about, right?  Tasty warm memories, food for not only the mouth but also for the soul 🙂

So there you have it folks. Kitchen nostalgia at it’s finest. At least for me.

Maybe you’ll give this recipe a try too, and while it may not be nostalgic for everyone, I sure think that you (and your family!) will find it to be delicious 😀

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4 Comments

  1. gah! Looks so so good. Why doesn’t my husband like cabbage?

  2. This sounds a LOT like the cabbage casserole that my Memere used to make…except she added bacon. (So your recipe is obviously healthier. Ha ha). These look and sound so delicious, and I can’t wait to try this recipe! 🙂

    • CookinfanaticNo Gravatar

      Ooooo I’ve never thought to add bacon before but I bet it would only make it even that much better! If you try the recipe I hope you enjoy 🙂 Cheers!

  3. These sound delicious! I love how they remind you of family and old memories. Very sweet. 🙂

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