Stuffed Cabbage Rolls like Ina

1/13/2019 – This cook was inspired by Ina Garten’s recipe at Food Network. It was our first time to make stuffed cabbage and turned out great. This made 19 cabbage rolls from leaves from a smallish cabbage. The rolls filled the large red CI saute pan and the large SS saute pan.


3 tablespoons good olive oil
1 1/2+ cups chopped (~1/2″) yellow onions (2 onions)
2 (28-ounce) cans crushed tomatoes and their juice
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
1/2 cup light brown sugar, lightly packed, scant
1/2 cup raisins
1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
3/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 large head Savoy or green cabbage, including outer leaves

For the filling:
2 1/2 pounds ground chuck from South Alabama Custom Meats
3 extra-large eggs, lightly beaten
1/2+ cup finely chopped yellow onions
1/2 cup spicy dried breadcrumbs
1/2 cup uncooked long grain white rice
1 teaspoon minced fresh thyme leaves from the garden
1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper


  1. For the sauce, heat the olive oil in a large saucepan, add the onions, and cook over medium-low heat for 8 minutes, until the onions are translucent. Add the tomatoes, vinegar, brown sugar, raisins, salt, and pepper. Bring to a boil, then lower the heat and simmer uncovered for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Set aside.
  2. Meanwhile, bring a large pot of water to a boil. Remove the entire core of the cabbage with a paring knife. Immerse the head of cabbage in the boiling water for a few minutes, peeling off each leaf with tongs as soon as its flexible. Set the leaves aside. Depending on the size of each leaf, you will need at least 14 leaves.
  3. For the filling, in a large bowl, combine the ground chuck, eggs, onion, breadcrumbs, rice, thyme, salt, and pepper. Add 1 cup of the sauce to the meat mixture and mix lightly with a fork.
  4. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  5. To assemble, place some sauce in the bottom of a large red CI saute pan. Remove the triangular rib from the base of each cabbage leaf that was tough. Place 1/3 to 1/2 cup of filling in an oval shape near the rib edge of each leaf and roll up toward the outer edge, tucking the sides in as you roll. Place half the cabbage rolls, seam sides down, over the sauce. Add more sauce and more cabbage rolls alternately. Pour the remaining sauce over the cabbage rolls.
  6. Cover the dish tightly with the lid and bake until the meat reached ___ degrees with the instant-read meat thermometer.

Recipe courtesy of Ina Garten

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