|slice of un-stuffed cabbage|
This post, and delicious recipe, are from my friend Robin Horn over at Seasonal Eating. A foodie from a very young age, Robin lives in Santa Cruz, California and is a proponent of seasonal eating and CSAs.
Cabbage is coming into season and there are so many delicious ways to serve it. While I love stuffed cabbage I confess that the time it takes to make all those little rolls (especially compared to how quickly they get scarfed down) is somewhat of a deterrent. This seems like a tasty solution; and since it makes 12 servings it would be great for a big family gathering (or for delicious leftovers).
Someday I will make stuffed cabbage leaves, the delicious galumkis that my mother and grandmother used to make…sort of. The family recipe was never written down, so this is a project for when time, patience, and creativity are simultaneously expanded. In the meantime, working on my cooking goal of exploring my Polish cooking roots, I found a Weight Watchers stuffed cabbage casserole, and set out to make a no-beef, more easily prepared version.
|First Mix in Spices, Rice, Onion & Carrot|
Because the original recipe had a number of cabbage leaves wrapped around one mound of filling, it was tricky to cut and serve—and to fill in the first place. So, I simply chopped all of the cabbage and put half in the filling and half beneath the filling, where all the juices from the filling drip down deliciously.
|Next Mix in Tomato Sauce, Egg & Broth|
While not as time consuming as stuffed cabbage leaves, there are many steps in this recipe and it must cook for 1½ hours. Just like stuffed cabbage, the leaves must be precooked. Save time by having two people chop veggies, measure and mix meat filling ingredients, make the sauce, and assemble the layers.
[note from Mira: I find it's simple to mix meat mixtures like this in my blender. And since I'm often working with cold ingredients I don't get that chilled effect on my hands which I find unpleasant.]
Cut remaining cabbage into quarters without removing core.
Boil each quarter cabbage in water until tender, about 5 minutes.
Drain well and cool.
Chop cabbage quarters into ½ inch dice, discarding cores.
Boil the 3 cabbage leaves in water 3 – 4 minutes, until tender.
Remove with slotted spoon, drain and cool.
Cut out rib and make ½ inch strips of soft parts.
Dice ribs with quarter cabbages.
Mix in carrot, onion, rice, salt, and paprika.
Beat egg together with ¼ cup broth till smooth.
Add this mixture and ½ cup tomato sauce to meat mixture and beat till evenly blended. Mix in half of the cooked chopped cabbage evenly.
|Make An Even Layer of Meat on Cabbage|
Lightly oil a 9” x 14” baking pan.
Spread the remaining half of the cabbage in the bottom of the pan.
Pour the remaining (1) cup of broth around the edges of the pan.
Spoon on the meat mixture.
Smooth out with a rubber spatula to make an even layer.
Pour tomato sauce over top of meat mixture and cabbage strips and spread into even layer.
Let stand at least 20 minutes before serving so liquid is absorbed.