Sunday, December 19, 2010

Stuffed Cabbage Rolls for Sunday Supper

This is a dish that evokes childhood memories for me.  A Jewish peasant food that tastes so good on a cold day.


Stuffed Cabbage Rolls
Serves 6
Recipe from Ina Garten


Ingredients:
3 tablespoons good olive oil
1-1/2 cups chopped yellow onions (2 onions)
2-(28 ounce) cans crushed tomatoes and their juice
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
1/3 cup light brown sugar, lightly packed
1/2 cup raisins
1-1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
3/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

1 large head Savoy or green cabbage, including outer leaves

For the Filling:
2-1/2 pounds ground chuck
3 extra large eggs, lightly beaten
1/2 cup finely chopped onion
1/2 cup plain bread crumbs
1/2 cup uncooked white rice
1 teaspoon minced fresh thyme leaves
1-1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

For the sauce, heat the olive oil in a large saucepan, add the onions, and cook over medium-low heat for 8 minutes, until the onions are translucent.  Add the tomatoes, vinegar, brown sugar, raisins, salt and pepper.  Bring to a boil, then lower the heat, and simmer uncovered for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.  Set aside.

Meanwhile, bring a large pot of water to a boil.  Remove the entire core of the cabbage with a paring knife.  Immerse the head of the cabbage in the boiling water for a few minutes, peeling off each leaf with tongs as soon as it is flexible.  Set the leaves aside.  Depending on the size of each leaf, you will need at least 14 leaves.

For the filling, in a large bowl, combine the ground chuck, eggs onion, bread crumbs, rice, thyme, salt and pepper.  Add 1 cup of the sauce to the meat mixture and mix lightly with a fork.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

To assemble, place 1 cup of the sauce in the bottom of a large Dutch oven.  Remove the hard triangular rib from the base of each cabbage leaf with a small paring knife.  Place 1/3-1/2 cup of filling in an oval shape near the rib edge of each leaf and roll up toward the outer edge, tucking the sides in as you roll.  Place half the cabbage rolls, seam sides down, over the sauce as you roll.  Add more sauce and more cabbage rolls alternatively until you've placed all the cabbage rolls in the pot. Pour the remaining sauce over the cabbage rolls.  Cover the dish tightly with the lid and bake for 1 hour, or until the meat is cooked and the rice is tender.

Serve hot.

Enjoy!


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50 comments:

pierre said...

hi velva
I love stuffed cabbage ! such a comforting meal as it snows like hell here in Paris !!Pierre

T.W. Barritt at Culinary Types said...

I'm getting hungry looking at this photo. I've had a lot of cabbage on hand lately, but never attempted stuffed cabbage. I've have to keep this in mind as a project for a cold winter afternoon.

Kim said...

Stuffed cabbage is beyond delicious and Ina's version has been on my radar for awhile. No doubt that it was wonderful.

Remember when you posted Ina's Chicken Stew with Biscuits? It was awhile ago, but it was very memorable. I just made it last weekend for my neighbor who just had a baby. Perfect comfort food, they loved it. Thanks for pointing it out.

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

A glorious dish! So scrumptious and comforting. perfect for a Sunday evening.

Cheers,

Rosa

Julie said...

My Swedish grandmother made the BEST cabbage rolls. I've never made them before, don't know if hubby would eat these. These look so delicious.

Kitchen Butterfly said...

It looks delish - perfect winter food. Have a blessed season Velva, and love to your men. Stay well

Dishesdone said...

Looks delicious! Looks like a great recipe, will have to try, mine is a little different! We're actually having Stuffed cabbage tonight! Perfect because we expect a little snow.

Karen Harris said...

Cabbage rolls were my late mother's speciality so yours conjure up fond memories for me. I'm going to have to add these to my "to cook" list. Merry Christmas!

Mary said...

Velva, these really sound delicious. I love Ina Garten's recipes and this one is a sure winner. Have a wonderful day. Blessings...Mary

Lea Ann said...

I've never made cabbage rolls and must try them soon. I'm with Karen, it's on my "to cook" list.

rosaria at the lake said...

Classic, comforting, stick to the ribs food that says you're safe and full. Thanks for reminding us of these beauties.

sangeeta said...

Gorgeous looking rolls . New flavors for me , worth trying.

Marguerite said...

Love cabbage rolls and these look wonderfully delicious! Printing, again! Happy Holidays!

Dedene said...

This cabbage looks absolutely devine. I'm also going to use your snickerdoodles recipe for a Christmas party.
Thanks for visiting my blog. Yours is scrumptious.

teresa said...

i automatically took a deep breath looking at those pictures, i think i expected to smell it! this looks so good, so comforting!

Katerina said...

We make them also in Greece. Actually I posted our version couple of weeks ago. Stuffed cabbage rolls are my favorite. I love your version.

Bridgett said...

This looks just perfect for a Sunday evening dinner. I just adore stuffed cabbage but have yet to make it on my own. Your photo is lovely as well.

UrMomCooks said...

I love stuffed cabbage. This is perfect comfort food in the midst of holiday indulgence!

Jenn from Much to My Delight said...

I have never had stuffed cabbage but this looks like the very definition of "Sunday Supper". And I've never had an Ina Garten recipe that didn't turn out great, so I'm sure this was a winner.

Design Wine and Dine said...

Beautiful! Love rustic meals like this and I plan to use this recipe soon. Thanks for sharing :)

A Feast for the Eyes said...

Oh, Velva. My mom used to make this, and I haven't made this dish in at least 20 years. I saw Ina make this and wondered how good this is. You just confirmed it. I'm so there-- after the holidays. This is comfort food from my German Mutti.

Ann said...

I've always wanted to make stuffed cabbage rolls. Such delicious and satisfying comfort food.

tasteofbeirut said...

Cabbage rolls evokes family lunches to me as well, especially when made by grandmother. Different recipe, but same fond memories. Taking note of your version, sounds lovely.

Chow and Chatter said...

wow these look amazing love cabbage rolls

From Beyond My Kitchen Window said...

I am a huge Ina fan. Most of my Christmas dinner recipes are Ina's. Love stuffed cabbage and will give version a try.

Angie's Recipes said...

Haven't had stuffed cabbages for ages! Yours looks super delicious!

Beth said...

I love cabbage rolls. I find them a bit fussy to work with, but it's always a treat when we visit my mom and she makes them!

The Japanese Redneck said...

I haven't had stuffed cabbage in forever!

Carol at Serendipity said...

I need to have this very soon. I am big fan of Ida. Thanks for stopping by. Love your blog and will be following it.

Carol

Chef E said...

Nuttin but a meatball wrapped up in cabbage with tomatoes on it, OH YEAH! Just my favorite! I cannot believe my friend in Dallas said yuck LOL She is losing out!

Abbey said...

Oh yum! I haven't made stuffed cabbage in a long time, but I love them! These look and sound delicious!

Faith said...

My mom used to make this and I haven't had it in so long! Yours look really fantastic...and I'm craving it now! :)

Diana's Cocina said...

I enjoy making cabbage rolls. Some work but, they are worth every minute you put into them. I must say, mine never look as lovely as yours. I adore Ina, she has incredible cookbooks ;).

Raina said...

I love stuffed cabbage. My aunt used to make these really good we all loved them. Your recipe sounds wonderful. Thanks for sharing it:)

Claudia said...

I didn't grow up with stuffed cabbage - but I do it. It evokes, warmth, home and comfort. Yoursare picture-perfect.

Pegasuslegend said...

oh my good lord these look scrumptious! what an awesome shot! Merry Christmas! Claudia aka Pegasuslegend~

5 Star Foodie said...

I love cabbage rolls, and haven't had them in such a long time! Yours look absolutely fantastic, excellent!

LaDivaCucina said...

I grew up eating these, a traditional dish from the Polish side of my family! Golumpki! (not sure if that's spelled correctly!) I think I might copy Ina's recipe, Velva, as I think our recipe includes a tomato sauce was made with canned tomato soup. (which is sweet and gross to me!) Thanks!

Kay Heritage said...

I absolutely adore stuffed cabbage rolls! Beautiful looking recipe, Velva. And I had to laugh with you how you bore your friends with farm fresh egg comparison! :) Great to "meet" ya!

Sommer J said...

Did you know I have at least 4 recipe of yours bookmarked? This will be the 6th...omg this looks so good! I love Ina Garten. It looks elegant, flavorful, and damn tasty! :)

Julie said...

You can always count on Ina...looks just wonderful! Hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas :)

Emma said...

Yum, this looks so hearty and delicious. You made them so perfectly (whenever I have to roll things up to bake they always look a bit messy).

Susan Fields said...

Oh, yum! This brings back memories of my grandmother's cooking.

Sandi said...

this looks great Velva!! I love stuffed cabbage. I have a question....at the end do you cook it on top of the stove or in the oven cause you say to preheat the oven but to put the cabbage rolls in the Dutch oven which I always thought is a large pot that goes over the stove.

Foodessa said...

As much as I still don't enjoy the smell of cabbage leaves boiling...it's all made up for when I'm pleased with the outcome of such a comforting and delicious dish ;o)
Thanks for sharing Ina's recipe, which I had not seen before.

Velva, your photo looks incredibly appetizing...mummm.

Ciao for now,
Claudia

Hungry Dog said...

Wow, these look delicious-perfect for a cold rainy day like the one I'm having right now! Happy holidays, velva!

A Canadian Foodie said...

IS that Jewish peasant food? Really? Must be the raisins? Or the ground chuck? In Edmonton, we had such a massive early settlement of people from the Ukraine that every one eats and loves sweet cabbage rolls, Ukrainian of not! After I married Vanja, or maybe before... I became acquainted to sour cabbage rolls cooked with double smoked ribs. Deadly delicious. Oh, MY! Yours look just like my mom used to, but I see the recipe is a teeny weeny bit different. You are right. A meal of those, and you feel like you're loved and warm and cozy!
I wanted to make a point of stopping by (I usually try to, except for Wordless Wednesdays) to tell you how much I appreciate your work, your recipes, your website and your wonderful and warm personality, Stella!
Happy Holidays,
I wish you warmth, and love... and happiness!
Big tight hug!
:)
Valerie

Kevin said...

Those stuffed cabbage rolls look really tasty!

Emily said...

I've never had stuffed cabbage rolls, but I'm on a cabbage kick right now and they look delicious! This recipe will definitely go into my "I gotta try this soon" folder!

Lea Ann (Cooking On The Ranch) said...

Is this Alice's recipe?

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