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Stuffed Cabbage

April 4, 2014

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This post is actually for two versions of stuffed cabbage, one with beef and one vegetarian option. I actually preferred the vegetarian option, but let me know which you like best. Maybe you can try them out now and save your favorite for next year’s St. Patrick’s Day!

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Option #1: Stuffed Cabbage with Beef

You will need:

  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 small yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 1/2 small head green cabbage
  • 3/4 c long grain white rice
  • 1 1/4 c water, divided
  • 4 t olive oil, divided
  • 2 t sweet paprika
  • 1 T sugar
  • 1 can (15 oz) diced tomatoes
  • 1 T apple cider vinegar
  • 10 oz ground beef
  • 1 t oregano
  • 1/2 t thyme
  • 2 T butter
  • 1/2 c  reduced sodium beef stock
  • Salt and pepper

Then you will…

  1. Preheat your oven to 450 degrees.
  2. Put a large pot of salted water on high heat to bring to a boil. Once the water is boiling, completely submerge the cabbage and boil for 5 minutes. The cabbage should be soft enough to be pliable. Drain thoroughly and shock with cold water to stop the cooking.
  3. Carefully separate the cooked cabbage leaves.
  4. In a small pot, combine the rice with the water and a pinch of salt. Bring to a boil over high heat, then reduce the heat and simmer covered for 15-17 minutes. The liquid should be absorbed; the rice should be tender.
  5. Remove the rice from the heat and let stand, covered, for 5 minutes. Fluff the rice with a fork.
  6. In a medium pot, heat 2 teaspoons of the olive oil over medium heat. Add half of the onion and half of the garlic. Season with salt and pepper.
  7. Allow the onion and garlic to cook about 4-6 minutes, until softened.
  8. Reduce the heat to medium-low and stir in the paprika and sugar. Cook 1-2 minutes.
  9. Mix the tomatoes into the onion-garlic mixture. Stir in the vinegar. Season with salt and pepper. Allow to simmer 5-7 minutes until slightly reduced.
  10. Remove the tomato sauce from heat and stir in the butter.
  11. In the pot you used to make the cabbage or a large skillet, heat the remaining 2 teaspoons of olive oil over medium heat.
  12. Add the remaining onion and garlic to the oil. Cook 4-6 minutes until lightly browned.
  13. Add the beef to the onion and garlic mixture and brown, breaking it up with the spatula.
  14. Mix the cooked rice, oregano and thyme into the beef mixture, plus the stock. Cook another 2 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.
  15. Cover the bottom of an 8-inch square pan with a thin layer of the tomato sauce.
  16. Working one leaf at a time, please a spoonful of the beef and rice mixture in the center of the leaf.
  17. Roll tightly, tucking in the sides of the leaf. Place the stuffed cabbage leaf in the baking dish with the seam side down.
  18. Repeat with the remaining leaves and stuffing. If you have extra filling, feel free to add it to the pan.
  19. Cover the stuffed cabbage with the remaining tomato sauce.
  20. Bake 12-15 minutes or until bubbly and heated through. Allow to rest for at least 5 minutes before serving.

 

Option #2: Stuffed Cabbage with Bulgur

You will need:

  • 1/2 head small green cabbage
  • 1 c bulgur
  • 2 t olive oil, plus extra drizzle
  • 1 shallot, finely chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 c tomato paste
  • 1/3 c ketchup
  • 1 c reduced sodium vegetable stock
  • 1 T sugar
  • 1 T red wine vinegar
  • 1/4 c fresh parsley, chopped
  • 4 prunes, finely chopped
  • 1/3 cup walnuts, roughly chopped
  • Salt and pepper

Then you will…

  1. Preheat your oven to 475 degrees.
  2. Put a large pot of salted water on high heat to bring to a boil. Once the water is boiling, completely submerge the cabbage and boil for 5 minutes. The cabbage should be soft enough to be pliable. Drain thoroughly and shock with cold water to stop the cooking.
  3. Carefully separate the cooked cabbage leaves.
  4. Put a small pot of salted water on high heat and bring to a boil. Add the bulgur and simmer for 15 minutes. It should be tender. Drain the bulgur and return to the pot.
  5. In a medium pot, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the shallot and garlic, cooking until softened.
  6. Mix in the tomato paste, ketchup, stock, sugar and red wine vinegar. Bring to a boil.
  7. Reduce the heat and simmer the sauce 7-10 minutes, or until slightly thickened. Season with salt and pepper.
  8. Remove from heat and stir in the parsley.
  9. Make the filling by adding the following to the cooked bulgur: the prunes, walnuts, 1/2 cup of the sauce and a drizzle of olive oil. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  10. Cover the bottom of an 8-inch square pan with a thin layer of the tomato sauce.
  11. Working one leaf at a time, please a spoonful of the bulgur mixture in the center of the leaf.
  12. Roll tightly, tucking in the sides of the leaf. Place the stuffed cabbage leaf in the baking dish with the seam side down.
  13. Repeat with the remaining leaves and stuffing. If you have extra filling, feel free to add it to the pan.
  14. Cover the stuffed cabbage with the remaining tomato sauce.
  15. Bake 15-17 minutes or until bubbly and heated through. Allow to rest for at least 5 minutes before serving.
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