In a large mixing bowl grate the onion and garlic ( this step is important dont chop onion you must grate it bc the juice from the onion when you do this helps keep meatballs moist ) then add in the rice, ketchup, worcestershire sauce and some salt and pepper and mix to combine – then add in the meat and mix
Next roll meatballs about the size of a golf ball and then take each one and wrap it inside a cabbage leaf – its okay if it does not stay together because when cooking they will come apart a bit and we just need it for the flavor not the presentation :)
Meanwhile in a large deep pan on medium heat add the oil and garlic and cook about 3 minutes and then add in the tomatoes, chicken stock, ketchup, worcestershire sauce and some salt and pepper and mix well to combine
Last, drop in the meatballs tucked inside the cabbage and cover and cook about and hour and enjoy! I serve these over mash potatoes because that is the way my grandmother made it for me when I was little and its delicious! This recipe was my favorite one from my childhood – my sweet polish grandmother Helen made this and I tried to recreate it in her memory- its not perfect because we cant find her original recipe and I’m still tweaking it :) But this is pretty close- I remembered the ketchup because my mom said she put it in everything! I miss her so much!!!