Stuffed Cabbage With Tomato Sauce

Food Network Kitchen’s Stuffed Cabbage with Tomato Sauce, as seen on Food Network.
Food Network Kitchens Stuffed Cabbage with Tomato Sauce, as seen on Food Network.
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
4 - 6 servings

Stuffed with a comforting mix of ground beef, rice and spices, these cabbage rolls are deliciously smothered with a classic tomato sauce.



Cabbage Rolls

large Savoy cabbage leaves
Kosher salt, as needed
1 ¾
lbs ground beef
cup cooked converted rice
cup sour cream
tsp kosher salt
tbsp unsalted butter
medium yellow onion, chopped
cloves garlic, minced
tsp sweet paprika
tsp ground allspice
Freshly ground black pepper

Tomato Sauce

cups whole, peeled canned tomatoes (with puree) roughly chopped
cup chicken broth, homemade or low-sodium canned
tsp kosher salt
bay leaf
Freshly ground black pepper


Step 1

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the cabbage leaves and cook, until tender, about 4 minutes. Drain the leaves into a colander in the sink and refresh under cold running water. Set aside.

Step 2

In a large bowl, place the beef, rice, sour cream and 2 teaspoons salt.

Step 3

Heat the butter in a medium skillet over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic and cook, stirring, until soft, about 7 minutes. Stir in the paprika and allspice and cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 2 minutes more. Add the onion mixture to the beef mixture, and mix until well combined. Season with pepper to taste.

Step 4

Lay the cabbage leaves on a work surface and blot dry with paper towels. Slice off the ridged part of the thick rib at the bottom each leaf, creating a level surface over the leaves. Place about ½ cup of the beef mixture in the bottom centre of each roll. Roll the bottom of a leaf over the beef mixture, fold in the sides, and continue rolling forward until completely closed. Repeat with the remaining leafs. Arrange the rolls seam side-down in a 9-x 13- x 2- inch oval gratin dish.

Step 5

Preheat the oven to 375ºF.

Step 6

In a medium saucepan, combine the tomatoes, broth, salt and bay leaf. Bring to a boil and season with pepper to taste. Pour over the cabbage rolls and cover the baking dish tightly with foil. Bake for 1 hour.

Step 7

Remove the foil from the baking dish and continue cooking, basting occasionally, until lightly browned and cooked through, about 30 minutes more. Serve in the gratin dish.

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