|Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 14g||18%|
|Saturated Fat 5g||27%|
|Total Carbohydrate 50g||18%|
|Dietary Fiber 7g||27%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|
These cabbage rolls are stuffed with ground beef and rice and baked to perfection with a tangy tomato sauce. Cabbage rolls are a favorite comfort food from Eastern Europe and are often reserved for special occasions or big family dinners.
Instead of boiling the cabbage, there's an easy shortcut to soften the leaves if you plan ahead. The night before you plan to make the cabbage rolls, put the whole head of cabbage in the freezer. Take it out in the morning and give it the rest of the day or several hours to thaw. The leaves of the thawed cabbage will peel off easily and are flexible enough to stuff with no pre-cooking required!
The meat isn't cooked ahead of time, so try to use very lean ground beef to avoid the excess fat. Serve stuffed cabbage with mashed potatoes or boiled potatoes for a filling and special meal.
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- For the Rolls:
- 1 head green cabbage (about 1 dozen large cabbage leaves)
- 1 pound ground beef (85 percent or leaner)
- 3/4 cup rice (cooked)
- 1/2 cup onion (finely chopped)
- 1 large egg
- 1 1/2 teaspoons salt, more for the water
- 1 teaspoon pepper
- 1/4 cup milk
- For the Sauce:
- 1 (14.5-ounce) can tomatoes (diced, undrained)
- 1 (8-ounce) can tomato sauce
- 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
- 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
- 3/4 cup cold water (divided)
- 2 tablespoons cornstarch
Gather the ingredients.
Peel about 12 to 15 large leaves off of the cabbage head.
Drop the cabbage leaves into a large pot of well-salted boiling water; cover and cook for 3 minutes. Drain well.
Position a rack in the center of the oven and preheat to 350 F/180 C/Gas 4.
For the filling, combine the ground beef, rice, onion, egg, milk, salt, and pepper in a medium bowl. Mix well and divide into 12 portions.
Place a portion of the beef mixture (about 2 1/4-ounces) onto the center of each cabbage leaf.
Roll the leaf around the filling, burrito-style, folding in the edges to seal it in.
Fasten the rolls with toothpicks. Place the rolls in a single layer in a large baking dish or an oven-safe Dutch oven.
For the sauce, combine the diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, sugar, vinegar, and 1/2 cup of water.
Pour sauce over the cabbage rolls. Cover with a lid or aluminum foil (carefully avoiding the toothpicks) and bake in the preheated oven for about 1 hour until the cabbage is tender and the sauce is bubbling.
Remove the rolls with a slotted spoon and discard the toothpicks.
Carefully pour the juices from the baking pan into a medium saucepan and place over medium heat. Stir the cornstarch with 1/4 cup cold water until dissolved. Add to the sauce and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook, whisking constantly until thickened.
Serve the cabbage rolls topped with the sauce. Enjoy!
- For a low-carb option, replace the rice with steamed cauliflower rice.
- If you are looking for cabbage roll flavor but are short on time, try an "unstuffed" version.
How to Store Cabbage Rolls
- Stuffed cabbage rolls will keep in the refrigerator for 3 to 4 days. Place them in an airtight plastic container or wrap tightly in aluminum foil.
- You can freeze cabbage rolls, but it is best to leave them uncooked if doing so. Unthaw them in the refrigerator overnight, prepare the sauce and cook them as directed.