A Word From The Cook

“Lamb Stuffed Cabbage Rolls are fun to make together with friends. They’re a great main dish to accompany a Mediterranean Dinner Party Menu.

Recipe

Prep Time:

1 hour 20 Minutes

Serves:

8-10

Ingredients:

  • 1 Pound Ground Beef
  • 1 Pound Ground Lamb
  • 1.5 Teaspoons Allspice
  • 2 Teaspoons Cinnamon
  • 1.5 Teaspoons Cumin
  • 1 Tablespoon Salt
  • 1 Tablespoon Ground Pepper
  • 1/4 Cup fresh mint, finely chopped
  • 1 Cup white long grain rice
  • 1 Large can tomato puree
  • 1 Large can diced tomatoes
  • 1 Cup water
  • 1 Large cabbage
  • 8-10 Garlic cloves

Step 1 – Steam Cabbage Leaves

Core cabbage and place it in a a covered steamer.

Pull leaves away from heart of cabbage as they soften.  Place each leaf on a cutting board and cut out the stiff center (as shown above). For large leaves, cut them into 2 pieces.

Step 2 – Prepare Filling and Roll

Rinse rice in fresh water and pour into a large bowl, leaving just enough water to coat the rice.

Add the meat to the rice and add seasonings and mint.

Place 1-2 tablespoons filling into center of leaf and roll like a cigar, folding edges in as you go.

Step 3 – Steam and Serve!

Place a few of the “bones” of the cabbage ends in the bottom of a large pot.

Place cabbage rolls in the pot gentry layering them into the pan, placing peeled garlic cloves among the rolls.

Cover with tomato sauce, tomatoes, and water.

Cook over a low flame for about an hour.

Serve with our version of Tzatziki Sauce! (Combine 1/2 cup each sour cream and Greek yogurt, 2 tablespoons fresh dill, 1/2 an English cucumber – skin removed and diced, 2 tablespoons capers, 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice and the zest of 1 lemon, salt and pepper to taste)

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