Unstuffed Cabbage Rolls

Unstuffed Cabbage Rolls over rice
Unstuffed Cabbage Rolls over rice

This summer I have also found myself with a good bit of cabbage on my hands. Since I already have a good supply of sauerkraut made up, I needed to find some other options. I canned some piccalilli. I sliced it into thick “steaks”, brushed it with minced garlic and olive oil, and roasted it. I made pot roast and added cabbage to the potatoes and onions.  And I improvised this recipe one day as a quick dinner. I know there are other similar recipes out there, but this one is safe for me.

This is served over rice, but I don’t include making the rice in the instructions in the recipe card below. Make some rice, either brown or white works fine. If you have a corn allergy, do not use enriched rice, it’s not safe. If you have a corn allergy and can tolerate white rice, remember that they often use corn to polish off the husk, bran and germ, so rinse it really well, several times before cooking it. I make rice in my Instant Pot, and start it before I start making this recipe, so that it’s done when I’ve finished cooking.

Cabbage cut into pinkie finger size pieces
Cabbage cut into pinkie finger size pieces
Tomatoes and onions chopped and ready to add to ground beef
Tomatoes and onions chopped and ready to add to ground pork
Ground pork, onions and tomato mixture after tomatoes have cooked to sauce
Ground pork, onions and tomato mixture after tomatoes have cooked to sauce
All ingredients added and cabbage cooked until tender
All ingredients added and cabbage cooked until tender
Unstuffed Cabbage Rolls over rice
Unstuffed Cabbage Rolls over rice
Unstuffed Cabbage Rolls
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A quick dinner to serve over rice, and is great as leftovers.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 people 15 minutes
Cook Time
20-30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 people 15 minutes
Cook Time
20-30 minutes
Unstuffed Cabbage Rolls
Print Recipe
A quick dinner to serve over rice, and is great as leftovers.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 people 15 minutes
Cook Time
20-30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 people 15 minutes
Cook Time
20-30 minutes
Ingredients
  • 1 tbsp olive oil (or other safe for you oil)
  • 1 pound ground pork
  • 3 medium onions chopped
  • 5-6 medium tomatoes chopped
  • 8 cups cabbage sliced and chopped into pieces the size of your pinkie finger
  • 1/2 - 3/4 tsp smoked paprika (or to taste)
  • 1/2 tsp salt (or to taste)
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper (or to taste)
  • 1-2 tbsp hot sauce (I use my home fermented version of Sriracha)
Servings: people
Instructions
  1. In a large (8-10 quart) pot, add olive oil. Over medium high heat, brown ground pork.
  2. Once ground pork is completely browned, add tomatoes and onions. Cook covered with lid over medium heat, stirring frequently until tomatoes break down into a sauce and onions are tender.
  3. Add cabbage and continue to cook covered with lid over medium heat, stirring frequently. Cook until cabbage is tender. Add smoked paprika, salt, black pepper, and hot sauce, and stir well. Cook for a few more minutes to let flavors meld.
  4. Serve over rice.
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