In my 36 years of life, I have never celebrated New Year’s Eve without sauerkraut and cabbage rolls! Since I was born, my extended Hungarian family has gathered on New Years Eve and eaten what we call “Pigs In the Blanket“. About 9 years ago, I inherited the holiday as mine and I love making cabbage rolls for the entire extended family.
(pictured above – cabbage roll, sauerkraut, creamed corn, mashed potatoes, homemade crescent roll, apple sauce)
I know the plate lacks color lol! But in this home – this is comfort food and we love it.
Every year my sisters come and help me make my pigs in the blanket while the kids play together. This is a picture from last year’s cooking day.
And party time!
I am so blessed to have wonderful sisters – We do have fun together!!!
Another tradition is to make a Time Capsule. I take a Quaker Oats canister and turn it into a capsule!
From the youngest to the oldest, every single person in attendance at our party puts something into the Time Capsule to remind them of the past year. Some of the things that have gone into the Time Capsule over the years are ultra-sound baby photos, business cards to new jobs, vacation photos, school papers, Binky’s, match box cars, sports memorabilia, and much more! And I must admit, I have NEVER made it through the passing of the capsule without crying!!! It always touches me deeply to see how much God does in just one year in all of our lives!
After putting our items in, we open a capsule from 5 years previous and reminisce :)!
Then we watch the ball drop and kiss into the New Year. We each kiss every single person there – so that takes a while to make the rounds!
Then we pour sparkling grape juice – someone makes a toast and we drink to it! Oh it is truly a blessed night to go into the new year with my favorite people on earth!
So that’s what we do here in our home! What are your New Years Eve traditions?
Walk with the King!
My Pigs In The Blanket recipe:
1 pound hamburg
1/2 onion cut fine
1 cup rice
salt and pepper
dash of sugar
1 tablespoon of water
1 head of cabbage
1 Jar of sauerkraut 32oz.
Mix all of the above ingredients except the cabbage and sauerkraut in a bowl.
Put a pan of water on to boil. Cut and core the cabbage. Place the cabbage in the boiling water, core face down, and let the leaves come off one at a time.
Take a large pot and put a layer of sauerkraut along the bottom. Then roll a small amount of filling in a leaf. Make a layer of cabbage rolls and then layer it with sauerkraut and then a second layer of cabbage rolls. And top it with sauerkraut.
Fill the pan with water – sprinkle the top with pepper and let it come to a boil. Reduce the heat to simmer until the rice is done and the meat is cooked through (around 3 hours). Enjoy!
When I make my pigs, I triple this recipe and get around 26 cabbage rolls.