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When you want the flavor of stuffed cabbage, without all the work and hassle, this recipe is the way to go.
Measure rice into a small mixing bowl; submerge with boiled water. Let sit for 5-8 minutes.
In a heavy pot, saute onions until translucent. Add minced garlic and sliced celery. Cook until fragrant and tender.
Meanwhile, combine ground beef and pork in a large mixing bowl; add drained rice. Using your hands, mix ingredients until combined.
Add meat mixture to the pot, and brown until cooked through. Add diced tomatoes, bay leaves, 4 cups water, shredded cabbage, and tomato paste (can substitute with ketchup). Salt and pepper to taste.
Bring to a boil, then cover and reduce heat to low. Simmer for one hour.