I've been making Polish stuffed cabbage for years, and eating it all my life. I feel like I've improved on my mother's basic recipe and am happy with the meat and rice stuffing, but I'd like to kick up the tomato sauce a notch or two.
Mom made the tomato sauce with Campbell's tomato soup and ketchup. She'd also lay raw bacon across the top, which I do from time to time.
My tomato sauce varies from just fresh tomato sauce or canned sauce/puree, to adding sweet and sour components like vinegar, lemon juice, sugar, agave, ketchup etc.
So, does anyone have a favorite tomato sauce recipe for stuffed cabbage that is good enough to hold its own along with the stuffed cabbage itself?
I need inspiration!