I will be honest. I do not know what to do with cabbage. I think it is really cheap and green, so once in a while I buy a 69 cent head of cabbage and then try to figure out how to use it before it rots in the back of my fridge.
Enter the cabbage roll. It is like a lettuce wrap- you can stuff it with anything (all those leftover ingredients in your fridge) and feel refreshed- but it is warmer, so it creates a cozy little pocket of happiness inside you for the cooler winter months.
What you need:
- A head of cabbage- or a bunch of cabbage leaves (like 12)
- 1 cup of rice
- 1 pound of sausage, uncooked or cooked leftovers
- 1 chopped onion
- 1 egg
- Minced garlic
- 1 jar of tomato sauce (or a big can of diced tomatoes, or whatever you have)
- Some seasonings
Blanch the head of lettuce in a pot of boiling water for a few minutes til the leaves are soft (4 minutes?). Peel them off one at a time and then cut out the hard stem ribs (like you would kale). Make your filling by sauteing the onions and garlic, add them to the meat, 1/2 cup of tomato sauce, and egg, throw in some seasonings like salt, pepper, basil, etc. and mix together. Put two spoonfuls of the filling into each cabbage leaf and roll up like a burrito. Place all of the cabbage burritos (12) into a pot and slather with the rest of the tomato sauce. Cover and low simmer until nice and soft, this might take an hour or two. You can add some water if you have to to make sure it simmers nicely.
You could stuff these with all kinds of vegetables, meats, grains, etc. And don’t waste the leftover cabbage. Dice it up and throw it into the pot with the rest of the cabbage rolls. Or you can add other things to the pot. A Muse in the Kitchen layers the rolls with sauerkraut. Yum.