unrolled cabbage rolls

Cabbage is in season and cheap! And I used some earlier this week in my Singapore Noodles recipe. Ground chicken was also on special… what does one do? Search for a recipe that can use both cheap meat and copious amounts of cabbage that sits on a shelf in my fridge, using up an insane amount of space.

Layered cabbage-roll casserole

2 tsp olive oil
1 cup onions, diced
1 tsp garlic, minced
1 /2 cups beef broth
3/4 cups uncooked brown rice (quick cook is best for this recipe!)
1 medium head of cabbage
1 1/2 lbs extra lean ground chicken (or turkey, or beef)
1 egg
1/4 cup fresh parsley
1 tsp dried marjoram
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
2 cans cream of tomato soup (I cringed at this because I don’t normally use canned soup but the results were tasty! I made sure to use reduced sodium)

Heat oil in a pot. Add onions and garlic. Cook, stirring frequently, until onions bgin to soften. Add broth and rice. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low. Cover and cook for 20-25 minute until the rice is tender and liquid has been absorbed. Remove from heat and set aside.

Meanwhile, bring a large pot of water toi boil. Cut cabbage into 8 wednges and boil for about 5 minutes. Remove tough inner pieces, separate individual leaves and set aside.

In a large bowl, combine rice with beef, egg, parsley, marjoram, salt and pepper. Mix.

Spray a 9 x 13 baking pan with cooking spray. Line the bottom with 1/2 the cabbage leaves. Spread the beef-rice mixture evenly over the cabbage. Top with the remaining cabbage leaves. Empty both cans of sopu into a medium bowl. Add 1 can of water and mix well. Pour soup evenly over the cabbage. Cover and bake for 1 hour at 350F. Reduce heat to 325F and cook for another 45 minutes. Let cool for 5 minutes and serve.

I’m including a picture even though I shouldn’t, because it honestly looked like one of the most unappetizing meals on the planet! It was really quite tasty! And the meal set me back $5.50 at most!



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3 responses to “unrolled cabbage rolls

  1. RnR

    Looks yummy! I make an unrolled cabbage rolls dish too – it’s not a layered casserole though. You should try it if you want something that doesn’t used canned soup next time. It’s my sister’s creation. Super yum! http://food.pollysplayground.com/2011/11/comfy-cabbage-rolls-unrolled.html

  2. Thanks! I think I’d like yours even better. The layers put the kids off and I’m sure they would’ve gobbled it all up in more of a “stew” shape!

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