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Sweet and Sour Stuffed Cabbage Rolls


Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • Small head of green cabbage
  • 1 red or white onion sliced thin

Meat Mixture

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 small shallot chopped finely
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp paprika I used smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp Kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 2 tbsp chopped parsley
  • 1/4 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 cup dried basmati rice
  • 1 egg whisked

Sweet and Sour Tomato Sauce

  • 4 cups tomato sauce or pureed tomatoes
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 whole lemon zested and juiced
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1/2 tsp salt or more to taste
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper

Instructions

  1. Begin by preheating your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and boiling the whole cabbage in a pot for about 10-12 minutes. This will help soften the leaves so they roll easily.
  2. Once done, remove to a colander and allow to cool enough to handle. Then cut out the core of the cabbage and gently peel away whole cabbage leaves. If some tear, that's OK. You can either double up with another leaf or chop them up to line the baking dish later on. You should have about 11-12 leaves to make the cabbage rolls.
  3. In another bowl, mix together the meat ingredients. Add the ground beef, spices, chopped parley, breadcrumbs, rice and egg and use your hands to thoroughly mix everything together, then set aside.
  4. To make the sweet and sour tomato sauce, add all those ingredients in a bowl and stir to combine. You can taste for seasoning and if you wish to make it more sweet or more sour, adjust as you like.
  5. Line a baking dish or oven safe pot with any extra cabbage you have and sliced onions.
  6. Now let's get rollin'! Use a small pairing knife and cut the hard stem off each cabbage leaf. Take about a tablespoon of meat mixture and roll cabbage like you would a burrito, tucking in the sides so no meat is exposed. Then line all the cabbage rolls in the pot snugly together. If there is any extra meat leftover, just roll it into a meatball and add it to the pot.
  7. Pour tomato sauce over the cabbage rolls and cover pot with lid. Place in the oven and bake for about 50-60 minutes, until meat is cooked through and rolls are tender.
  8. Serve cabbage rolls with spoonful of tomato sauce and extra lemon if you prefer.