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 🙂


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!


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…


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.


Like rice, onion, egg.


Ground beef and cabbage.


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


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…


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 😀



  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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