Recipe for stuffed cabbage rolls with minced meat and rice

Recipe for stuffed cabbage rolls with minced meat and rice

Recipe for stuffed cabbage rolls with minced meat and rice
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nutritional information
Servings: 6
amount per serving
% Daily Value*
6g8th %
Saturated Fat 2g12%
52 mg17%
919 mg40%
dietary fiber 6g23%
Total sugar 18g
Vitamin C 91 mg457%
Calcium 195 mg15%
Iron 2 mg12%
Potassium 846 mg18%
*The % Daily Value (DV) indicates how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories per day is used for general nutritional advice.

(Nutritional information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

These cabbage rolls are stuffed with ground beef and rice and baked to perfection with a flavorful tomato sauce. Stuffed cabbage is a popular comfort food from Eastern Europe and is often reserved for special occasions or large family meals.

Freeze your tender cabbage leaves

Instead of cooking the cabbage, there's an easy shortcut to softening the leaves if you plan ahead. The night before preparing the cabbage rolls, place the whole head of cabbage in the freezer. Take it out in the morning and let it thaw for the rest of the day or several hours. The leaves of thawed cabbage peel off easily and are flexible enough to fill without the need for pre-cooking.

What to serve with stuffed cabbage rolls

Serve cabbage rolls with mashed potatoes or boiled potatoes for a filling and special meal. If you're craving a fresh vegetable side with all that ground beef, try a quick cucumber salad or roasted beets. A few slices of rye bread are great for soaking up the flavorful tomato sauce.

recipe tips

  • The meat is not cooked in advance. Therefore, try to use very lean ground beef to avoid excess fat.
  • To ensure the ground beef filling is adequately seasoned before stuffing the cabbage leaves, cook a spoonful of the filling in a small skillet and taste. Then adjust the spices as needed.
  • Boil a few extra cabbage leaves in case one of the leaves splits or breaks while stuffing and rolling. There is no need to transfer the filling to a new sheet. Simply place the broken leaf with its filling on top of a new intact leaf and roll up as directed. If you're using the freeze method, you can just peel off a few extra leaves.
  • If you can use a casserole dish that the stuffed cabbage fills well, there is no need to pierce the buns with toothpicks. Simply place the rolls in the pan, seam side down.
  • It's very easy to overthick a sauce with cornstarch. To avoid this, add the cornstarch slurry gradually, waiting a minute between additions. When the sauce has reached the desired consistency, stop adding the cornstarch.

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“These traditional stuffed cabbage rolls bring back childhood memories of your grandmother's kitchen. The buns are bathed in a savory-sweet tomato sauce as they bake in the oven. The sauce is finally thickened to the perfect consistency and then poured over buns to make this the ultimate comfort food. -Diana Andrews

For the buns:

  • 1 Head Green cabbageabout 1 dozen large cabbage leaves

  • 1 1/2 teaspoon Saltplus more for the water

  • 1 Pound ground beef85 percent or leaner

  • 3/4 Cup cooked rice

  • 1/2 Cup finely chopped Onion

  • 1 large egg

  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

  • 1/4 Cup milk

For the sauce:

  • 1 (14 1/2 ounces) can diced tomatoesundrained

  • 1 (8-ounce) can Tomato sauce

  • 3 tablespoon Sugar

  • 2 tablespoon white wine vinegar

  • 3/4 Cup Waterdivided

  • 2 tablespoon cornstarch

  1. Gather the ingredients. Place a rack in the center of the oven and preheat to 350F/180C/Gas 4.

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  2. Peel about 12 to 15 large leaves from the cabbage.

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  3. Place the cabbage leaves in a large saucepan of well-salted boiling water. cover and cook for 3 minutes. Drain well.

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  4. For the filling, combine the ground beef, rice, onions, egg, milk, salt, and pepper in a medium bowl. Mix well and divide into 12 portions.

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  5. Place a portion of the beef mixture (about 60 grams) in the center of each cabbage leaf.

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  6. Roll the sheet around the filling, burrito style, and fold in the edges to seal.

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  7. Secure the rolls with toothpicks. Place the buns in a single layer in a large casserole dish or ovenproof Dutch oven.

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  8. For the sauce, combine diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, sugar, vinegar, and 1/2 cup water.

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  9. Pour the sauce over the cabbage rolls. Cover with a lid or aluminum foil (be careful not to use toothpicks) and bake in the preheated oven for about 1 hour until the cabbage is soft and the sauce is bubbling.

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  10. Remove the buns with a slotted spoon and discard the toothpicks.

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  11. Carefully pour the juice from the baking pan into a medium-sized saucepan and set over medium-high heat. Stir the cornstarch into 1/4 cup cold water until dissolved. Add about half of the cornstarch to the sauce and bring to a boil. Bring to a simmer and cook while stirring constantly. Gradually add the remaining cornstarch until the sauce is as thick as you like.

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  12. Serve the cabbage rolls garnished with the sauce. Enjoy.

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recipe variations

  • For a low-carb option, replace the rice with steamed cauliflower rice.
  • If you like, you can substitute a plant-based ground beef substitute for the beef, use unsweetened, non-dairy milk in place of the milk, and omit the egg. The filling will be a little crumbly, but still tasty.
  • If you're looking for cabbage roll flavor but are short on time, try an “unstuffed” version.

How to store cabbage rolls

  • Stuffed cabbage rolls can be stored in the refrigerator for three to four days. Place them in an airtight plastic container or wrap tightly in aluminum foil.
  • You can freeze cabbage rolls, but it's best to leave them uncooked. Let them thaw in the fridge overnight, then prepare the sauce and cook as directed.

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