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Stuffed Cabbage

on February 12, 2014

Let's Dish

Small

packages

filled with

delicious

goodness!

Stuffed Cabbage (2)

This dish has to be one of my absolute favorites. I love everything about it. What I do is, to start with the filling of these little packages of joy.

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Prep Time: 20 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Yields: 5 servings
1 large baking dish

Ingredients:
2 tablespoons of olive oil
1 cup of chopped yellow onions ( 1 large onion)
2 minced garlic cloves
1 tablespoon tomato paste
1/2 cup unsalted chicken stock
1- 28 ounce cans of crushed San Marzano tomatoes and the juice
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1/4 cup light brown sugar, packed lightly
1/2 cup of golden raisins (regular raisins are fine)
2 teaspoons Kosher salt
1 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper
1 large head of green cabbage with outer leaves

Ingredients For Filling:
1-1/2 pounds lean ground sirloin
2 extra large eggs lightly beaten
2 minced garlic cloves
2 tablespoons of apricot jam
1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1/2 cup ricotta cheese
1/2 cup finely chopped onions
3/4 cup Italian style bread crumbs
1/2 cup of par-cooked long grain white rice ( cook the rice half the required time)
1 tablespoon of chopped flat leaf Italian parsley
1 teaspoon of chopped fresh thyme leaves
2 tablespoons of Kosher salt
1 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper

Directions For Sauce:
Heat olive oil in a large saucepan, add the onions, garlic, and tomato paste. Cook over medium heat for 8-10 minutes until translucent. Add in the chicken stock,  bring up to boil, and reduce by half. Next, add in the crushed tomatoes, vinegar, brown sugar, raisins, salt, and pepper. Bring to a boil,  then lower the heat and simmer uncovered for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Transfer 1 cup of sauce for the filling aside to cool. Set the remainder of the sauce aside.

Meanwhile, bring a large pot of water to a boil. Remove the entire core of the cabbage with a paring knife. Place the cabbage in the boiling water for a few minutes. Using a pair of tongs, peel off each leaf as soon as it’s pliable. Place each of the on a plate lined with paper towel.  At least 12 leaves will be needed.

For the filling, in a large bowl combine the ground sirloin, eggs, ricotta cheese, apricot jam, crushed red pepper flakes, chopped onions, minced garlic, par-cooked rice, thyme, dried oregano, parsley, salt, and pepper. Add 1 cup of the sauce to the meat mixture and mix together gently using a fork to combine all the ingredients.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

To assemble, place 1 cup of the sauce in the bottom of a large baking dish. Remove the hard triangular rib from the base of each cabbage leaf with a paring knife. Place  1/2 cup of the filling in the oval shape near the rib edge of each leaf and roll up toward the outer edge, tucking the sides in as you roll. Kind of like you do a burrito.

Place the cabbage rolls, seam sides down, over the sauce, into the baking dish. Spoon on the remaining sauce over the top of each cabbage roll. Cover the baking dish tightly with foil.  Bake for 1 hour or until the meat is cooked and the rice is tender. Serve 2 per person and serve hot.


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