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Stuffed Cabbage Rolls

OK, I have to admit… My mom in law makes the best stuffed cabbage rolls in the world. This has always been my favorite recipe. And here I confidently share with you my mother in law’s my recipe for stuffed cabbage rolls. ?

Stuffed cabbage rolls is dish made out of cooked cabbage leaves stuffed with seasoned ground beef, tomatoes and rice; simmered in a rich tomato sauce and garlic gloves.

Stuffed cabbage rolls is dish made out of cooked cabbage leaves stuffed with seasoned ground beef, tomatoes and rice; simmered in a rich tomato sauce and garlic gloves.

Ingredients:

Non Stuffing Ingredients:

  • 1 small green cabbage ( pick one with tender leaves)
  • Salt
  • Tomato paste
  • About 10 garlic cloves

Stuffing Ingredients:

  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 cup medium grain rice
  • salt to taste (about 1 tsp)
  • 1/2 tsp ground all spice
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 4 tbsp butter, softened
  • 4 ripe tomatoes (Finely diced or blended in food processor)

Directions:

To prepare cabbage for wrapping:

  1. Cut the cabbage in half and remove about 25 cabbage leaves. Choose tender leaves to make wrapping easier.
  2. Blanch the cabbage leaves in boiling salted water for about 5 mins or until tender but not too soft.
  3. Drain in a colander and  set aside.

To make the stuffing:

  1. In a large mixing bowl, add all the stuffing ingredients
  2. Mix thoroughly until fully combined (I do this by hand)

The cabbage rolling process:

  1.  spread each cabbage leaf on a smooth surface ( I use a cutting board)
  2. Add about one tablespoon of stuffing to each leaf
  3. Spread the stuffing across the leaf leaving 1/2 an inch of space on both edges
  4. Roll the stuffed leaf forward towards the stuffing, leaving both edges of the roll open.
  5. Place the roll in a large greased pot
  6. Repeat the process for the remaining cabbage leaves

Getting rolls ready for cooking:

  1. Add garlic gloves on top of the rolled cabbages ( You can cut garlic gloves in half)
  2. Add water, just enough to cover the cabbage rolls
  3. Thin 3 tbsp tomato paste thinned in one cup of water
  4. Add 1 tsp salt
  5. Cover the pot and place over medium heat
  6. When water comes to a boil, reduce heat to low and let it simmer for 45 mins.
  7. Serve with fresh squeezed lemon juice and enjoy


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