Stuffed Cabbage rolls

Ingredients

For the tomato sauce:

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 cup onion, yellow finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon garlic minced
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red peppers
  • 28 ounce can fire roasted tomatoes, do not drain
  • 15 ounce can tomato sauce
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar

For the cabbage rolls:

  • 2 pounds ground beef 80/20
  • 1 ½ cups cooked white rice
  • 1/2 cup onion, yellow, finely chopped
  • 2 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon italian seasoning
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley, minced
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 head cabbage
  • cooking spray

Instructions

  1. Sauce:
  2. Add the olive oil in a large pot over medium heat.
  3. Add the onion and cook until the onions are translucent.
  4. Add the minced garlic and toss with the onion.
  5. Add the fire roasted tomatoes, tomato sauce, salt and pepper, and seasonings to the pot.
  6. Stir to combine, and cook for 4 minutes.
  7. Add in the brown sugar and red wine vinegar, stir to combine.
  8. Bring the mixture to a simmer.
  9. Cook the sauce for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  10. In a large stock pot filled to ¾ full, bring the water to a boil.
  11. Add the cabbage head in the boiling water.
  12. Cook for 7-8 minutes or until cabbage leaves are pliable.
  13. Remove the cabbage from the stock pot and place on a baking tray.
  14. Peel 12 large leaves off the cabbage.
  15. In a large bowl add the ground beef, rice, onion, garlic, salt, pepper, seasonings, parsley and egg in a bowl.
  16. Stir to combine.
  17. Use your hands to combine the meat mixture.
  18. Lay each cabbage leaf on a cutting board or flat service. .
  19. Use scissors to cut off the thick part of the cabbage rib.
  20. Take a portion of the meat mixture and form into a log shape, then place in the center of a cabbage leaf.
  21. Roll the cabbage leaf around the meat mixture, like you would a burrito.
  22. Repeat with remaining meat and cabbage leaves, until all the meat mixture is used.
  23. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  24. Use a 9″x13″ pan and coat with cooking spray.
  25. Place 1/2 of the fire roasted tomato sauce in the bottom of the baking dish.
  26. Place the cabbage rolls, seam side down, in the dish.
  27. Top with remaining sauce.
  28. Cover the baking dish with foil.
  29. Bake for 90 minutes or until cabbage is tender.
  30. Garnish and enjoy!

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