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Subject: Dinner for today is Cabbage Rolls!
For the sauce:
· 1 large onion, cut into chunks
· 1 large or 2 small carrots, peeled and cut into chunks
· 2 ribs celery, cut into chunks
· 3 garlic cloves, smashed
· Extra-virgin olive oil
· 1/4 pound pancetta, cut into 1/4-inch dice
· 1 cup white wine
· 1(28-ounce) can Italian plum tomatoes, passed through the food mill
· 2 cups chicken stock
· 2 bay leaves
· 1 bundle thyme
· Kosher salt
For the stuffing and cabbage:
· 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
· 1 large head savoy cabbage, leaves removed and tough bottom ribs discarded
· Extra-virgin olive oil
· 1 large onion, cut into 1/4-inch dice
· Kosher salt
· 3 garlic cloves, smashed and finely chopped
· 1/2 pound ground pork
· 1/2 pound spicy Italian pork sausage, casings removed
· 3 chicken livers, finely chopped, optional
· 1/2 to 3/4 cup bread crumbs
· 1/2 cup grated Parmesan, plus more for garnish
· 1 egg
· 2 sprigs fresh rosemary, leaves finely chopped
· Pinch crushed red pepper flakes
· 1/2 to 1 cup chicken stock or water
Directions
To make the sauce:
Puree the onions, carrots, celery and garlic to a coarse paste in a food processor. Coat a large wide pan with olive oil and heat over medium heat. Add the pancetta and cook until it's brown and crispy. Add the pureed veggies and cook them until they become very soft and aromatic and are starting to turn brown, about 8 to 10 minutes. Stir in the white wine and let it reduce by half. Add the tomatoes, chicken stock, bay leaves, and thyme bundle and season with salt, to taste. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes. Reserve.

To prep the cabbage:
Add the vinegar to large pot of well-salted water and bring it to a boil over medium heat. Set up a bowl of well-salted iced water. Add the cabbage to the boiling water and cook for 3 to 4 minutes, then immediately plunge it into the bowl of iced water. When the leaves are cool, remove them from the water and pat them dry. Reserve.
Coat a large saute pan with olive oil and put over medium heat. Add the onions and season with salt, to taste. Cook the onions until they are translucent and very aromatic, about 6 to 7 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for another 2 to 3 minutes. Turn off the heat and let cool.

In a large bowl combine the ground pork, pork sausage, chicken livers, if using, bread crumbs, Parmesan, egg, rosemary and crushed red pepper flakes. Season with salt, to taste. Add the chicken stock and mix well to combine. Stir in the cooked onions and garlic. Make a tester patty, cook it and eat it. It should taste really good, if it doesn't, adjust the seasoning.
Lay each cabbage leaf on a flat work surface. Spoon a generous 1/4 cup of filling into each leaf. Fold the outside edges in and roll the leaf around the stuffing. Arrange each roll with the seam side down so that the roll will hold itself shut.

Add the cabbage rolls to the sauce. Cover and simmer over low heat for 15 minutes. Uncover and simmer until the sauce has reduced to a thick, sauce-like consistency, about15 to 20 minutes. Taste and adjust seasoning, if necessary. Transfer the cabbage rolls to a serving platter and lightly cover with the sauce. Sprinkle with Parmesan and serve.

Can't get more Italian than that grin

I just crushed a can of peeled plum tomatoes and used that, I'm too lazy to put them through a machine.

I forgot the fresh herbs. sad

I couldn't find Savoy cabbage.

Getting the leaves off a regular head of cabbage was a beotch. I had to go back to the store and get another cabbage. Get a JUMO BIG head. TWO if you can only find large ones.

But the sauce tastes damn good and I just don't see how I could go wrong with that stuffing.

If I make this again, I'm doing it in stages. I'll make the sauce and stuffing the night before. They should hold up OK overnight in the fridge.

I'll let you know in 45 minutes how it tastes. drooling

 

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Sounds interesting, but not what I'm use to.

Ground beef and rice are the meat mixture, tomatoes, tomato juice, and kraut cover the cabbabe rolls. Of course all the seasonings and things also. this is how I was taught to make them. Guess these are more German.

I would try yours tho. happy

 

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i havent had good cabbage rolls in ages, sounds good

 

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This is good. Definitely a winner even without the fresh herbs.

You can use that filling in ravioli for sure.

 

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i loooooooooove cabbage rolls.

I have my own recipe, and I think i need to make some in the near future.

 

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sick

 

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Was this Anne Burrell's recipe?  I've just recently started watching her show (she kinda irritates me, but she can cook like there's no tomorrow) and saw her make those.  The chicken livers scare me, but everything else sounded good.

 

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Lynea posted:
Was this Anne Burrell's recipe?  I've just recently started watching her show (she kinda irritates me, but she can cook like there's no tomorrow) and saw her make those.  The chicken livers scare me, but everything else sounded good.

Yes, that was her recipe. The stuffing doesn't taste at all like chicken livers. They only add a component to the taste. It's the Italian sausage and the cheese that makes the biggest statement.

Edit: Yeah, I don't like her online persona at all but I love her cooking.

 

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add in some cumin and fresh mint leaves for a lebonese twist


very tasty

 

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hated them as a kid, learned to like them, now I just don't digest them well. I refuse to eat them for the sake of people around me. tongue

 

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