This is one of those dishes I never learned to make from my Russian Jewish grandmother. The two adjectives are key. Russians do not make dishes as sweet and rich as other nationalities probably because they were poorer and possibly because of personal taste. In any event while my Bubbe's stuffed cabbage was sweet and sour it was definitely not overly sweet and certainly NEVER included raisins as many Polish Jews' recipes do. Also, Jews would only make this dish with chopped beef and possibly some chopped veal but never with pork products because of the rules governing keeping Kosher.
I remember my grandmothers dish as being fairly simple - chopped beef, rice, steamed cabbage for rolling it, and a sweet and sour tomato sauce - nothing heavy - and probably salt and peper. It had a great aroma when cooking and was delicious.
I have a hankering to make this for Rosh Hashanah. So if anyone has a good recipe they'd like to share - please make it as step-by-step as possible - I'd really appreciate it.
In all events a sweet and happy New Year to all!
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