August 14, 2017

Most casseroles are made using potatoes or noodles. Rethink your next casserole and load it up with cabbage instead. Shredded cabbage is a filling and healthful option to take the place of heavy carbs.

 

Beef and Cabbage Bake

Cabbage and ground beef come together nicely to make a hearty casserole to feed a hungry family. The addition of caraway seeds adds just the just the right amount of spice and the Swiss cheese adds an unexpected zippy surprise.

 

5 cups Coleslaw mix (shredded cabbage, red cabbage and carrots) or 1 small head of cabbage, shredded

1 lb lean ground beef

1 small onion, diced

1/2 cup red bell pepper, diced

1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

1 (14.5 oz) can petite diced tomatoes (undrained)

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon pepper

1 teaspoon caraway seeds

1 (8 oz) can tomato sauce

1 cup sour cream (I used regular)

8 slices deli Swiss cheese or 1 1/2 cups shredded Swiss cheese



Preheat oven to 350. Lightly spray a 13x9-inch glass or ceramic baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.

Place shredded cabbage in the bottom of baking dish; set aside.

In a large skillet brown ground beef with the onion and red bell pepper; drain grease and return meat to the skillet.

To the skillet add the diced tomatoes (undrained), salt, pepper, and caraway seeds. Stir together and pour ground beef and tomato mixture on top of the cabbage.

In a small bowl, whisk together the tomato sauce and sour cream. Pour the sauce on top of the ground beef and tomato mixture and use a rubber spatula to smooth it out. Press down with the spatula to ensure the sauce is evenly distributed.

Tightly cover with foil and bake for 1 hour.

Uncover and lay slices of Swiss cheese across the top to cover all the casserole or evenly sprinkle shredded Swiss cheese on top. Bake (uncovered) for an additional 10 minutes or until cheese is melted.

 

Makes 8 servings

 

Notes:

If you prefer, ground turkey can be used in place of ground beef.

If you are planning to reheat the casserole in the microwave, leave off the Swiss cheese and melt it on top before eating.