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Wrap Your Head Around These Creative and Tasty Cabbage Rolls

May 15, 2018

 

Cabbage rolls are a great appetizer option for many different dishes. While this recipe calls for using ground pork you could just as easily use beef, lamb or even ground chicken. There is a lot of room to play with the sauce for this dish. This recipe calls for using the marinara recipe from the sauces chapter. I can also tell you that I recently used the romesco sauce recipe for this dish and fell in love with it. 

 

Equipment

  • Medium stock pot

  • Large work bowl

  • Large sauce pan

  • Cooling rack

  • 13” X 9” roasting pan

Ingredients

  • 10 large leaves of savoy cabbage

  • 1 pound of ground pork

  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt

  • 1 tablespoons of coconut oil

  • 1 medium red onion, minced

  • 1 jalapeno pepper, minced

  • 4 cloves of garlic, minced

  • 1 teaspoon of paprika

  • 1 teaspoon of salt

  • 1 teaspoon of fresh cracked black pepper

Here is how to make the best Cabbage Rolls ever:

 

Procedure

 

Step 1: Bring 1 gallon of water to a boil in a medium stock pot over medium-high heat. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

 

Step 2: Prep your sauce of choice, per the recipe from the sauce chapter.

 

Step 3: Core the cabbage and separate 10 leaves.

 

Step 4: Add half of the salt to the water, reduce the heat to low. Add the cabbage leaves to the pot and allow them to blanch for 4 to 5 minutes or until softened.

 

Step 5: Brown the ground pork in a medium sauce pan along with the coconut oil, onions, jalapeno, garlic, paprika, salt and pepper. Continue to break up the pork with a spatula so that you have a fine, loose texture.

 

Step 6: Remove the cabbage leaves from the pot. Lay them out individually on a cooling rack and dab off any excess water with a paper towel.

 

Step 7: Cut the fibrous stem from the base of the cabbage leaves so they can lay flat.

 

Step 8: Scoop a small amount of the pork mixture into the middle of the cabbage leaf.

 

Step 9: Roll the leaf over, then tuck the ends and continue to roll until everything is sealed.

 

Step 10: Carefully lay each cabbage roll into the roasting pan.

 

Step 11: Pour the sauce over top and cover with tin foil. Then place the roasting pan into the oven and bake for 45 minutes.

 

Step 12: Take the pan out of the oven, remove the foil and plate immediately.

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