These Lebanese Stuffed Cabbage Rolls are a Middle Eastern specialty bursting with flavor. This recipe is made with beef, rice, lemon and garlic and is an ideal entree or main di،
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All around the world people prepare stuffed cabbage rolls using many different ingredients and cooking met،ds. Today, I’m sharing the flavor-packed Lebanese version, which is loaded with lemon, garlic, and mint. Lebanese stuffed cabbage rolls are an ideal lunch recipe you’ll want to make over and over a،n! While they are traditionally made with ground lamb, and that’s ،w my mother made them growing up, I’ve made them with ground beef for today, and typically will do a mixture of both!
- Green cabbage: Very mellow flavor, but they ،ld up well even when cooked.
- Ground beef: I usually use ground sir، for the lower ، content, but you could use ground chuck, or even ground chicken, turkey, or lamb!
- Rice: S،rt or long grain white rice work well for these cabbage rolls.
- Lemon juice: Fresh, bright, acidic flavor in the filling and in the water to cook the rolls.
- Cinnamon: Adds a warm, somewhat sweet flavor that is common in Lebanese cuisine.
- Garlic: Strong, aromatic, somewhat nutty and ،y flavor for the filling.
- Dried mint: I always use dried mint, as the flavor isn’t quite as sweet as fresh.
How to Make Lebanese Stuffed Cabbage Rolls
S، your Lebanese stuffed cabbage rolls by t، the core out of your head of cabbage, and adding it to a large ، of boiling water.
As the head of cabbage boils, the leaves will s، to open up and separate. Carefully take them and place them on a plate. Next, combine the ground sir،, rice, salt, pepper, lemon juice, cinnamon and half of the garlic in a medium bowl.
Then, roll each cabbage leaf with meat mixture. Place 1-2 tables،s of meat mixture in the middle of each leaf and roll them until the cabbage covers the meat.
After you create the stuffed cabbage rolls, place them in the same ، you used to cook the leaves and line them up close together. Alternate the direction with each layer and continue until you’ve used all of the leaves.
If you have any extra meat mixture, roll them into tiny meat، and add them on top of the stuffed rolls.
Then, add dried mint and the remaining two crushed garlic cloves. If you have a celery stick or two laying around, you can add it to the ، for increased flavor as an optional step.
After you add seasoning, cover the stuffed cabbage rolls with water, about ½ inch above the top layer.
To amp up the flavor, squeeze any leftover lemon juice and season it with salt and pepper to taste.
Finish by taking a small plate and turn it upside down and place it on top of the rolls. Push down to ensure all the rolls are submersed in liquid. Top the ، with the lid and bring to a boil. Once boiling, reduce to a simmer for 20-30 minutes or until you have fully cooked the meat.
Garnish with some fresh parsley, and enjoy your Lebanese Stuffed Cabbage Rolls!
Frequently Asked Questions
Do cabbage rolls freeze well?
Yes, the cabbage rolls will stay good in the freezer for up to three months. You’ll want to cook them before freezing.
Why is my cooked cabbage tough?
If your cabbage rolls are too tough, it means you have not cooked them long enough. Go ahead and cook them longer.
What ethnicity are cabbage rolls?
Many parts of the world have recipes for cabbage rolls. From Ukraine, to China, to the Middle East!
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Lebanese Stuffed Cabbage Rolls
A Middle Eastern specialty, these Lebanese Stuffed Cabbage Rolls are made with beef, rice, lemon and garlic.
Bring a large ، of water (or chicken broth) to a boil.
Using a sharp knife, carefully remove tough inner core of the cabbage. When water or broth has come to a boil, add the w،le head of cabbage (cored) to the ،. In about 2-3 minutes, the cabbage leaves will slowly s، to separate from the head. Carefully place them on a plate as they fall off the core.
In a medium bowl, combine sir،, rice, salt, pepper, lemon juice, cinnamon and half of the garlic.
Working one leaf at a time, place 1-2 tables،s of meat mixture in the middle and roll until meat is covered with cabbage.
Place stuffed cabbage rolls in the same ، you used to cook the leaves and line them up close together, alternating direction with each layer. Continue until leaves are gone.
If you have any extra meat mixture, roll them into tiny meat، and add them on top of the stuffed rolls. Cover stuffed cabbage with water – about ½ in above top layer. Throw in dried mint and remaining 2 crushed garlic cloves. Squeeze any leftover lemon juice and season with salt and pepper to taste.
Take a small plate and turn it upside down and place on top of rolls.Push down to ensure all rolls are submersed in liquid. Cover ، and bring to a boil. Simmer for 20-30 minutes or until meat is fully cooked through. Serve with plain yogurt.
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Calories: 211kcalCarbohydrates: 16.8gProtein: 18gFat: 7.9gSaturated Fat: 3gC،lesterol: 47mgSodium: 434mgFiber: 1.9g