Posted by: Erica Retrochef | July 14, 2014

Savory Cabbage-Rice

Thrifty, and nifty, and 18 minutes!



Savory Cabbage-Rice. Prepare 1 1/3 cups (5-oz. package) Minute Rice as directed on package, substituting 2 cups tomato juice for the 1 1/2 cups water. (Minute Rice takes on the rich red tomato color — makes a wonderfully appetizing dish!) Fry 8 slices bacon until crisp. Mix 4 cups shredded cabbage, 1/2 cup chopped onion, 1/2 cup water, and 1/2 teaspoon salt; simmer 5 minutes. Drain. Add 1/8 teaspoon oregano, 2 tablespoons bacon drippings, and the rosy rice. Delicious! Serves 6.

Not only fast, but with extra glamour!


Cabbage! Bacon! Tomato juice! FEEL THE GLAMOUR!


We have cooked Minute Rice in tomato juice before (they seemed to be extremely proud of that idea, I think), but I still haven’t entirely gotten used to it. Yeah, I’ve seen it work, yeah, the results are great — but I really don’t like tomato juice, and so it just bothers me to cook in it.

Even if it’s adding extra glamour.


I thought we were going to need a whole head of cabbage for this, but even a small cabbage makes a vast quantity of shredded cabbage. Four cups is, like, 1/4 of a cabbage.


“Did you just dump bacon grease on the cabbage?”

“The recipe told me to!”


This was pretty darn good, bacon grease and all. The kids don’t much care for cabbage, but apparently they will cheerfully eat it when it’s on top of tomato rice (especially if they’re bribed with BACON). I’m a huge fan of cabbage and thought this was fantastic (although I had to give up my share of the bacon to some cabbage-hating kids). Minute Rice seems to have a decent handle on food, unlike some of its contemporary counterparts in the processed food industry.

Although they’re definitely overreaching with the GLAMOUR idea.

Recipe comes from a Minute Rice advertisement found in LIFE Magazine, February 18, 1952.


  1. MMMMMMM!!!!!!! A version of Unstuffed Cabbage rolls, can be made several ways, and totally yummy in cold weather! Have you seen “Thor’s Cabbage Rolls”? LOL!

    • Wait, I guess you did, in 2011! I found that one hilarious…

  2. Hah! Yes. This is UNROLLED CABBAGE ROLLS. But, what the heck: we likes some cabbage rolls. It’s the glamor, yo.

  3. I make Ukrainian cabbage rolls that have similar ingredients. You just make regular rice and brown onions in the bacon and put that into the rice and then roll them up with the rice inside. It’s darn good eatin’ Especially with ham on Easter!

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