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Emeril Lagasse’s Cabbage Rolls and Sauce

Since we were headed off to a Canadian Thanksgiving dinner, I decided to make these cabbage rolls. I ended up making 36 rolls using a small and a slightly larger head of cabbage. There was no sauce left over to pour over them, so I used a recipe from my ex-wife, which appears at the bottom. I served this to spoon over the baked rolls.

Emeril Lagasse’s Cabbage Rolls

Ingredients

  • 2 teaspoons butter
  • 1 cup chopped yellow onions
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 (28-ounce) can chopped tomatoes and their juices
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 large head cabbage, cored and scalded in hot water until soft and easy to separate
  • 2 teaspoons unsalted butter
  • 1 cup chopped yellow onions
  • 2 teaspoons chopped garlic
  • 1 1/2 pounds ground sirloin
  • 1/2 pound ground pork
  • 1 1/2 cups par-boiled long-grain white rice
  • 2 eggs, beaten slightly
  • 2 teaspoons Essence, recipe follows
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

Directions (Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F)

To make the sauce, melt the butter in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the onions and cook, stirring, for 3 minutes. Add the garlic and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Add the tomatoes and chicken stock. Simmer, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes. Add the vinegar and simmer, stirring occasionally, until the sauce thickens, about 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and adjust the seasoning, to taste.

Separate the cabbage leaves and remove the hard spine from each leaf. Spread on paper towels and pat dry. Set aside.

To make the stuffing, in a medium skillet melt the butter over medium-high heat. Add the onions and cook, stirring, until very wilted and starting to caramelize, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic, and cook, stirring, until for 1 minute. Remove from the heat and let cool slightly.

Lay the cabbage leaves, rib side down, on a flat work surface. Remove rib or shave down leaf to make leaf easy to roll.

In a large bowl, combine the beef, pork, rice, eggs, Essence, salt, pepper, and cooked onions. Mix well with a heavy wooden spoon or your hands.

Line a large baking dish or roaster with remaining cabbage leaves.

One at a time, spoon the filling into the center of the cabbage leaves, about 1/4 cup in each, depending upon the size of the leaves. Roll each into a neat cylinder and place in a single layer in the baking dish. Repeat with the remaining ingredients, stacking the cabbage packages, as necessary. Pour sauce over the rolls, cover tightly with aluminum foil, and bake until the meat is cooked through and the rolls are tender, about 2 hours.

Remove from the oven and serve the rolls with any remaining sauce spooned over the top, if desired.

Sauce for Cabbage Rolls or Meatloaf or Grape Leaves!

1 can tomato soup

1 egg

1 T sugar

2 T regular mustard

1 T vinegar

1 T butter

Blend these all together and heat slowly in the microwave.

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About reg45

Canadian guy living part time in Progreso, Yucatan. Currently posting in my recipe blog - www.buenprovecho.me

Posted on October 8, 2012, in Main Dishes and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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