Cabbage Rolls

These vegetarian cabbage rolls are lighter than the traditional version.

Recipe courtesy of "The Illustrated Kitchen Bible: 1,000 Family Recipes from Around the World" by Victoria Blashford-Snell, copyright 2008. Used by permission of Dorling Kindersley Limited. All rights reserved.

Cabbage Rolls

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    1 tbsp olive oil, plus more for the dish pinch of ground coriander
    1 leek, white part only, finely chopped salt and freshly ground black pepper
    4 oz (115 g) cremini mushrooms, minced 8 Savoy cabbage leaves, stemmed
    1 celery stalk, finely chopped 2/3 cup vegetable stock
    2 cups fresh whole wheat bread crumbs 1 tbsp olive oil
    1 large egg 1 onion, finely chopped
    2 tbsp chopped parsley 2 garlic cloves, minced
    1 tbsp fresh lemon juice 2 cups canned crushed tomatoes


    Total: 60 min
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    • 1

      To make the filling, heat the oil in a frying pan over medium-low heat. Add the leek, mushrooms, and celery and cook, stirring often, for about 5 minutes, until softened.

    • 2

      Remove from the heat and stir in the bread crumbs, egg, parsley, lemon juice, and ground coriander. Season with salt and pepper.

    • 3

      Preheat the oven to 325°F (160°C). Oil a 13 × 9in (33 × 23cm) baking dish. Cook the cabbage leaves in boiling water for 2 minutes, until pliable. Drain and rinse under cold water. Pat dry.

    • 4

      Lay each leaf flat and divide the stuffing among the leaves. Roll up each leaf, folding in the sides to enclose the filling in a neat parcel. Place the rolls, seam side down, in the dish. Pour in the stock. Bake for 45–55 minutes, until tender.

    • 5

      Meanwhile, heat the oil in a frying pan over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic and cook, stirring occasionally, about 5 minutes, until softened. Stir in the crushed tomatoes. Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer about 10 minutes, or until lightly thickened. Season with salt and pepper.

    • 6

      Using a slotted spoon, serve the cabbage rolls on dinner plates, with the remaining tomato sauce passed on the side.

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