Delectable Cabbage Rolls

Cabbage leaves, though humble on their own, transform into a sturdy and tender casing that perfectly complements the flavorful meat filling. The charm of serving each portion as individual rolls adds ease and a touch of elegance to the presentation. Dive into this recipe for a delightful culinary experience!

Delectable Cabbage Rolls

Ingredients:

For Tomato Sauce:

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 onion, cubed
  • 4 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 28 oz can crushed tomatoes (unstrained)
  • 15 oz can tomato sauce
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon dried Italian herbs

For Cabbage Rolls:

  • 1 pound ground beef (lean preferred)
  • 1 cup cooked rice (white or brown)
  • 12 tablespoons onion powder
  • 4 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon dried Italian herbs
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1 egg
  • 1 head cabbage

Instructions:

For Tomato Sauce:

  1. Heat olive oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Once hot, add onions and cook for 2-3 minutes until translucent.
  2. Add chopped garlic and cook for an additional 30 seconds.
  3. Add crushed tomatoes, tomato sauce, tomato paste, Italian herbs, salt, pepper, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, and red wine vinegar. Stir and simmer over low heat for 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally.

For Cabbage Rolls:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C).
  2. Boil a large pot of water simultaneously.
  3. Submerge the cabbage head in boiling water, cooking for 4-5 minutes or until leaves are tender. Remove from water and peel 12 large leaves.
  4. In a large bowl, mix ground beef, cooked rice, onion powder, chopped garlic, salt, pepper, Worcestershire sauce, paprika, Italian herbs, 2 tablespoons of fresh parsley, and the egg.
  5. Add 1/2 cup of the prepared tomato sauce to the bowl and mix well.
  6. Lay each cabbage leaf on a flat surface and make a V-shaped incision to remove the thickest part of the cabbage ribs.
  7. Take 1/3 cup of the meat mixture, form a log, and place it in the center of the cabbage leaf. Wrap the meat mixture with the cabbage leaf. Repeat with the remaining meat and cabbage leaves.
  8. Coat a 9″ x 13″ pan with cooking spray. Pour half of the tomato sauce on the bottom and place the cabbage rolls in the pan. Pour the remaining sauce on top. Cover with foil.
  9. Bake for 70 to 90 minutes, or until the cabbage is tender and the meat is cooked through.
  10. Sprinkle with the remaining parsley and serve.

Enjoy the delightful flavors of these Cabbage Rolls!

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