Stuffed Cabbage Rolls Recipe– Cabbage leaves are stuffed with rice and ground beef and complimented with a tangy flavorful tomato sauce seasoned with the best sensational spices. Each bite is pure comfort, and you’ll find yourself wanting to make these not only for easy weeknight dinners but for holiday gatherings.
As the seasons start changing and the weather begins to cool, oversized cozy sweaters find their way out of the closet and comfort food cravings kick in. We huddle over warm stoves stirring pots of stew, layering lasagnas and dolloping cookie dough both into our mouths and onto baking sheets. Although I can’t resist a nibble of homemade cookie dough, there is one other recipe I find myself craving time and time again.
Origins of Stuffed Cabbage Rolls
The Stuffed Cabbage Rolls recipe originate from parts of Europe, Iran, West Asia and Northern China with a variety of fillings and are either baked, simmered or steamed.
Here in the U.S., stuffed cabbage rolls are prominent in Cajun and Louisiana Creoles in the southern part of the country. No matter the variation, each of the regions create a unique and delicious take on this perfect comfort food. This one is definitely inspired by cajun cuisine, and has that spicy kick of flavor to prove it.
This recipe is as pure and comforting as they come. That warm bellied feeling that comes with each bite is something I look forward to every time I make these rolls.
How to Make Stuffed Cabbage Rolls Recipe
The star of this stuffed cabbage rolls recipe is truly the filling. You won’t believe how deeply flavored and tender the beef becomes. The cabbage not only adds a subtle earthy flavor but also makes the meal a slightly healthier dinner choice. Finally, the tomato sauce balances the heat, acidity and sweetness that compliments each of the other ingredients perfectly.
The long steam time allows for the flavors to marry together and create a hearty and full-bodied final product. Doesn’t this all just sound so incredible? So as you slip on those warm wool socks head to the kitchen and make this Stuffed Cabbage Rolls recipe. They’re guaranteed to warm the belly and lift the spirit!
And if you are looking for more comforting recipes just like this, make sure you check out these options:
- This Classic Beef Stew is as comforting as it comes.
- This Chicken Fried Steak is a favorite of my followers! They say it is truly the best they have ever had!
- This Succotash recipe is also an incredible side dish with tons of Southern flair!
- And don’t forget this Cajun Read Beans and Rice Recipe for more creole flavor!
- Or this Shrimp Etouffee!
Stuffed Cabbage Rolls – cabbage leaves stuffed with rice and ground beef with a tangy and spicy tomato based sauce seasoned with herbs and spices. Each bite is pure comfort and you’ll find yourself wanting to make these for not only easy weeknight dinners but for holiday gatherings.
- 1 large cabbage
- 2 lbs lean ground chuck
- 1 large onion chopped
- 1 bell pepper chopped
- 4 celery stalks chopped
- 1/2 cup raw rice
- 2 (10 ounce) cans tomatoes with chiles
- 3 (8 ounce) cans tomato sauce
- salt to taste
- black pepper to taste
- cayenne to taste
Add lots of water to a large pot over high heat. Once water begins to boil, add cabbage and cook for 5 minutes. Finally remove large leaves and reserve.
Mix together ground chuck, onion, bell pepper, celery, rice, half of the tomatoes and tomato sauce, and salt, pepper and cayenne to taste.
Now take your large cabbage leaves and place rounded tablespoons of the beef and rice mixture into each leaf. Each time, roll up the leaf, tucking the edges under as you roll.
Add the rolls to a large, heavy pot and pour the remaining tomatoes and tomato sauce over rolls. Sprinkle with additional salt (and cayenne pepper if desired).
Cover pot tightly and steam for about 1- 1 1/2 hours over medium low heat.