Wednesday, February 8, 2012

~Cabbage Rolls~

Let's talk cabbage, shall we?  I love cabbage.  You can steam it, bake it, roast it, fry it, make it into soup, make it into sauerkraut, and coleslaw, I could go on and on.  I  remember my mom growing cabbage in our garden as a kid, I don't remember loving it as a kid.  Is cabbage an adult vegetable?  It kind of feels like it is.  Just like asparagus pronounced in my family as (ass-per-a-guhs).  Some vegetables I think you have to acquire a taste for, and for me cabbage is that.  Not to mention a tolerance of the SMELL!

This being said, I don't remember how I was introduced to cabbage rolls.  Maybe my husband?  I only made them for the first time maybe 2 or 3 years ago.  I have had a couple of requests for some healthier dishes and looking at my history, yea, don't have so many of those!  We do eat healthier food than I blog on a regular basis, but all things in moderation, right?  We aren't rabbits!   However, this dish is so healthy I think even healthy eaters only will say, "DAMN that IS healthy"!!!  It is so tasty and flavor can truly be added in so many ways that aren't salt!  I do use cans of tomato soup, BUT, you can get the healthy request, or change it out for something else.  I like the creamy tomato, it sticks to the cabbage rolls and just "feels" right for me.  I have done them with my own sauce, plain diced tomatoes (to watery), I like the tomato to be almost like gravy.  Pureed veggies add a world of difference and my husband even LOVED them!! 

Cabbage Rolls
1 head of cabbage
1 lb ground turkey
1 stalk of celery
1 medium shallot (2 small)
1 carrot
1 clove of garlic
1 cup instant white rice
2 cans of tomato soup
1/4 cup chicken stock
Salt and Pepper to taste (1 use 1 1/2 tsp salt and 1 tsp pepper)

(If you have no fresh veggies on hand use, 1 tsp each, garlic powder, onion powder, 1 tsp season salt of your choice)

Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.  There are a couple of methods you can choose here.  First, and foremost cut the core from your head of cabbage.  Now is where you have options, 1)put it in a microwave safe bowl half filled with water, cover tightly with plastic wrap and nuke on high for 5 minutes.  This should cook your cabbage enough to peel off the leaves and it will cook the rest of the way in the oven. 2) Go the old fashioned route *which I know works well* and boil in a pot of water for 10-15 minutes, lid ON.   When it is done,  let cool while you prepare the filling.  Make sure your cabbage is 80-90 percent cooked through or you risk it not cooking ALL the way and that is a bummer.

In a food processor add in a roughly chopped stalk of celery, carrot, garlic and shallot, along with a splash of chicken stock or water.  Zap it until it is almost completely pureed.  Add to a mixing bowl, add turkey and rice and combine thoroughly.  Salt and pepper to taste.  My husband thought mine was perfect, I would have preferred more salt, which I added at the table.

Now, carefully peel the leaves one at a time from your head of cabbage.  You will get 8-10 rolls out of this amount of meat mixture. You may need to cut the thick tough middle from the leaves as shown.  Add your mixture and closing the "V" by bringing the sides together to overlap slightly roll your cabbage like you would a burrito!

Place in 9x13 pan and continue until all of your mix is used.  Some may be bigger or small, it doesn't matter!

Combine in a small bowl 2 cans of tomato soup and chicken stalk.  I peppered this well.  Pour carefully over the cabbage rolls and then cover tightly with foil.  Bake for 45-60 minutes, until filling is firm and completely cooked through.

These are fabulous, I hope you try them and love them!  Guilt free eating!  Eat ALOT!!

Your "cabbage smells funny"chefwannabe

PS.  So I just made these for lunch today (9-4-13) and I added Italian seasoning to the meat mixture and sprinkled some on top.  I used no veggies, just the garlic powder, onion powder, salt and pepper.  Almost like an Italian twist on Cabbage Rolls.  AH-MAZEBALLS.  Just FYI. 


  1. I love cabbage rolls..I have never made them with turkey..They look healthy! I see where they have ground turkey breast. Did you use regular ground turkey or turkey breast? Just curious!

  2. Regular ground turkey. So you could even do better with the ground turkey breast!!! I guess I should have cut one open so you could see the inside! George said, "did you put like a thousand seasonings in these they taste really flavorful". No, was just the puree I added, of carrots, shallots, celery and garlic. I think sometimes people don't think of adding flavor unless it is salt laden and salt is something I am really keeping a close eye on. To much of it everywhere it seems!

  3. Great recipe! I love cabbage rolls and this is a great variation with the ground turkey. Thanks so much for sharing on Fit and Fabulous Fridays!!

  4. You are welcome, I hope you try it and love it!

  5. Great recipe I am going to make these tomorrow and use the crock pot to cook them in, Thanks for posting

  6. When I make these, I put a little of the tomato soup in three bottom of the pan and then a layer of bacon. Tastes great.

  7. When I make these, I put a layer of tomato soup in the pan, and then a layer of bacon before I add all my cabbage rolls

  8. Yummy! I used brown rice and half turkey and half lean burger! I love it!