Stuffed cabbage rolls, a meaty delight for when the cold sets in

Stuffed cabbage

If you’re a fan of cabbage, this meat-stuffed cabbage roll recipe is a must-try.Stuffed cabbage ingredients:

  • A beautiful savoy cabbage
  • 2 carrots
  • 2 onions
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1 pounds of meat (500 g)
  • 1 egg
  • 2 slices of bread
  • 2 cups of poultry broth (50 cl)
  • Salt; freshly ground pepper

Cabbage leaves give the filling a truly delightful flavor.

Stuffed Cabbage Recipe

This stuffed cabbage recipe is a typical fall-and-winter dish, right during cabbage harvest time. Long evenings beckon for warm, cozy meals and these pot or oven-baked meaty rolls nicely hit the spot.

  • Start by discarding one or two large outer leaves, usually they’re also the greenest ones.
  • Boil a large pot of salted water and blanch your cabbage by dunking it in for 10 minutes.
  • Quickly take out your cabbage and stop the cooking by dunking it in cold water.
  • Drain it well so no water remains.

Stuffing Preparation:

  • Peel and julienne the carrot into fine strips.
  • Peel and mince your onion.
  • Peel and crush the garlic.
  • Crush the bread to bits if hard, or tear it into crumbs.
  • Mix everything with your stuffing meat together.
  • Throw in a whole egg and give the mix a good stir.
  • Season with salt and pepper.

Wrapping your cabbage rolls:

  • Delicately unfurl the big cabbage leaves without damaging them.
  • For each roll, you’ll need 2-3 cabbage leaves. Plan on at least 2 rolls per person.
  • On a board, stack 3 cabbage leaves atop one another.
  • Place your stuffing on top and wrap it with the leaves.
  • You can lock them in place with a toothpick or cooking twine. Twine handles heat better, but toothpicks are easier to remove during serving time.

Cooking your cabbage rolls:

Baking time and temperature for stuffed cabbageMelt some butter with a dash of olive oil in a big pot.

  • Brown each roll from all sides.
  • Add just around half an inch of poultry broth to bathe the rolls (about ½ to ¾ inches or 1 to 2 cm).
  • Cover and simmer for 25 minutes. Keep adding broth to maintain the level as it reduces.

You can also bake these goodies in a deep dish at 400°F (200°C) for 25 minutes.

Enjoy your meal!

Smart tip about stuffed cabbage roll

Stuffed cabbage is  still just as tasty even when you reheat it! To proper way to do this is to plop your stuffed cabbages in a pot with a touch of water at the bottom. Warm your dish up on low heat, moving the rolls from time to time to ensure they don’t stick.

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