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stuffed cabbage rolls covered in tomato sauce and topped with sour cream

Stuffed Cabbage Rolls with an Asian Twist

  • Author: Spicepaw
  • Total Time: 1 hour 45 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 3-4 1x


Baked cabbage rolls stuffed with a mixture of pork mince, beef mince, rice and seasoned onions. My Ukrainian grandmother’s recipe but with an Asian twist. #beef #pork #cabbage #dinner


Cabbage Rolls
  • 1 medium to large green cabbage
  • 350 g (~12 oz) pork belly or ground pork
  • 350 g (~12 oz) round eye steak or ground beef
  • 120 ml (1/2 cup) Chinese cooking wine
  • 1 onion
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 3/4 tsp Chinese 5 spice powder
  • 1 cup of boiled rice
  • 23 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • freshly cracked black pepper
  • 1 egg
Tomato Sauce
    • 28 oz (~800 ml) tomato sauce
    • 2 tsp Italian seasoning
    • 2 tsp sugar
    • 23 tbsp olive oil
    • 1 onion
    • 3 cloves of garlic (minced)
    • salt and pepper to taste
    • sour cream (optional)


Cabbage Rolls
  1. Preheat oven to 200 C / 400 F
  2. Rinse cabbage and remove any damaged or discolored leaves.
  3. Bring a large pot of water to boil.  When water is boiling, add the whole head of cabbage (uncut, don’t take of the leaves) in the boiling water.  Cover and let cook for 3-5 minutes.
  4. Carefully remove the head of cabbage from the water.  Let drain and cool. When cabbage is cool enough to handle, gently peel off the leaves from the stem.
  5. Heat 2-3 tbsp of olive oil in a medium to a large saucepan.  Add onions and garlic and saute until soft over medium/ medium-high heat.  When onions are soft and translucent, add 3/4 tsp of Chinese 5 Spice powder and let cook for 2-3 minutes, then take off the heat and let cool.
  6. Remove skin from pork belly.  Cut up beef and pork belly into small pieces (no bigger than 1 cm).
  7. In a food processor, combine pork belly and beef with cooking wine.  Blitz until meat is properly minced.  If you have a meat grinder, use that instead to ground the meat.  If not, you can always buy ground pork and ground beef.  Just make sure that the meat isn’t too lean as lack of fat can lead to the meat drying out.
  8. Combine beef and pork mixture with cooked rice, seasoned 5 spice onions and garlic,  1 tsp of sea salt, 1 egg and a heavy sprinkling of freshly cracked black pepper together.  Mix until everything is evenly combined.
  9. Put 1/4 cup to 1/2 cup of meat mixture into a soft cabbage leaf.  Wrap up and place in a casserole dish, wrapped upside down.  Repeat until all meat mixture is used up.
  10. Cover with tomato sauce.
  11. Bake in the oven for 45 min to 1 hour until the center is stiff and bounces back to the touch.
  12. Serve with sour cream, mashed potatoes and a good vodka.
Tomato Sauce
  1. In a large saucepan, add 2-3 tablespoons of olive oil to the pan and cook over medium / medium-high heat.
  2. Add chopped onions and minced garlic.  Cook until soft and translucent.
  3. Add tomato sauce, 2 tsp of sugar and 2 tsp of dried Italian seasoning.  Stir, cover and cook on medium/medium-high heat for 5-7 minutes.
  • Prep Time: 45
  • Cook Time: 60
  • Category: Main
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: European

Keywords: Stuffed Cabbage, Beef, Pork, cabbage, eastern european

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