Chopped Cabbage & Venison Casserole is packed with nutrition and easy on the wallet at $1.40 per serving! I am a huge fan of Pigs in a Blanket but can never get the recipe right. This is my answer and it tastes just as good without the extra work.
This tasty dish will nourish your family with protein, fiber, iron, vitamin B6, vitamin B12, potassium, vitamin C, and vitamin A! Using wild game meat can be a cheaper alternative to pastured ground beef and provides the brain boosting Omega 3-fatty acids. However, ground beef or pork work well too. Make sure you read our article on 10 Cost Saving Tips to Eat Pastured Animal Products.
Clancy Cash Harrison MS, RD, LDN
Yields 8 servings
30 minPrep Time
30 minCook Time
1 hrTotal Time
- 1 lb ground venison (substitute with ground beef or pork)
- 2 cups, rice uncooked
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 2 celery stalks, chopped
- 1 small head of cabbages, chopped
- 7 cups pureed tomatoes, canned (substitute tomato sauce, tomato soup, or a combination)
- 2 tbsp. butter, unsalted
- 3 tsp, salt divided or to taste
- 2 tsp. thyme, divided
- Cook rice according to directions and set aside.
- While rice cooks, melt 1 tbsp. butter in a large stock pot. Add celery, 1 tsp. salt, and onion. Cook until translucent for 5 minutes.
- Add venison, 1 tsp. thyme, and 1 tsp. salt. Cook until no longer pink occasionally mixing.
- In a mixing bowl, combine the rice and venison. Taste test for salt and pepper. Add more as desired. Set aside.
- In the same venison pot, add 1/3 cup of water, cabbage, 1 tsp. thyme, and 1 tsp. salt. Cook over medium heat for 7 minutes or until the cabbage is tender. Drain any excess water and taste test for salt and pepper. Add more as desired.
- Spread 1 cup of tomatoes in an even layer in a casserole dish.
- Layer in dish with 1/2 rice and venison mixture, then 1/2 of the cabbage, and last 1/2 of remaining tomato mixture. Repeat the three layers.
- Cook uncovered for 30 minutes at 350 F.