Thursday, March 19, 2009

Hooked on this week's Holiday Food Fest....

It's a Holiday Food Fest this week, with two well known holidays falling in the same week...... St. Patrick's Day the 17th and St. Joseph's Day the 19th. Back home the Catholics celebrate by having a Polish-Irish Bash. I have to tell you I am totally hooked, on these festive foods. Who doesn't love a good corn beef dinner? You don't have to be Irish to enjoy it.

Or perhaps my favorite quick bread "IRISH SODA BREAD", made with currants and caraway seeds. The seeds are what makes this bread traditional, along with the cross that is sliced in the top. What makes the bread rise is the interaction between the baking soda and the buttermilk.

Along with the Irish Soda Bread, I love me some Orange Marmalade. I believe the two go hand and hand. It is a wonderful pairing you really should try. Marmalade is very easy to make, and if you can find the Seville Oranges, you will have the best marmalade.

On St. Joseph's day when the Italians eat a meatless meal, they enjoy their celebration with these Zeppoles as their sweet. Zeppoles, are a Pate Choux piped into a ring and baked or fried. Then they are split and filled with Italian Creme, which is a rum flavored custard, lighten with whip cream. The top is then put back on with a dollop of Italian Creme and one or two cherries on top. Believe me these are something you could really get hooked on.......

Since St. Joseph is also the Patron Saint of Poland, leave it to the Polish to throw a big bash that includes a incredible amount of food, with this entree as the center of attention. Polish stuffed cabbage is known as Golabki. In my family I have seen so many of these, there was a time when I never wanted to see or make another one. But then I came back around and perfected
the recipe that I now use. They are time consuming, but once you get the hang of it you can wrap and roll easily. After perusing these holiday delights, check out what others are hooked on with
Julia at Hooked on Houses.



2 heads of cabbage cored, cooked for just 3 to 5 minutes
1 lb. ground beef
1 lb. ground pork
1 1/2 c. precooked rice
2 eggs
1 medium onion chopped
2 single stalks celery chopped
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1 can Tomato Soup
1 can Cream of Mushroom Soup
2 c. Tomato Juice
1 c. sauerkraut
**In a large bowl mix the ground meats, rice, eggs, onion, celery, salt, and pepper. Form into oval shapes.
**Stripping off a leaf of the cabbage,place the mixture in the middle and roll , tucking in the sides, with the open side on the bottom. Place in a crock pot or large roasting pan.
**In a small bowl, combine the soups. Spread this mixture on the layers of rolls, along with the sauerkraut. Pour in the tomato juice before covering.
**Cook in crock pot for 6 hours on low or bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour and 15 minutes.
Hope you enjoyed this week's Holiday Food Fest!

9 Others Say::

Made In The South said...

Oh I am gonna try this. My family loves cabbage..Have a great weekend

Kim @ Forever Wherever said...

We had our corn beef this week!

P. said...

In Portugal we have stufed cabbage with sausage.
Your recipe looks very god.


modernemama said...

I'll try this too

Decor To Adore said...

Yum! Happy Friday, Happy Spring, Happy~Happy Everything!

Unknown said...

I just put corned beef into the crock pot. Wish me luck, I've never cooked it before!

DesignTies said...

Yummy post!!! :-)

I love stuffed cabbage. My mom & grandma made it better than I do, but I try :-)

I really like Irish Soda Bread too -- although I seem to only make it on St. Paddy's Day!! This year, I made it with 12 grain flour and dried cranberries. It came out great!! Not quite authentic, but a tasty spin on a good thing :-)

Kelly @ DesignTies

phillips phamily said...

Corned beef and cabbage makes me think of my mama! Yummy!

Suburban Grandma said...

I love cabbage rolls (Golabki). I usually make mine with rice mixed with meatloaf mix or ground turkey, but during lent I use mushrooms or veggies (my vegetarian recipe for these is coming up in a couple of days on my blog).