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Other variations of this recipe in the traditional Lebanese cuisine can be made with Swiss chard leaves instead of cabbage, which would then be called “sleek mih-sheh” meaning “stuffed Chards.” But that’s for another time.
from 3 reviews Stuffed Cabbage Rolls With Meat and Rice - Malfouf Recipe   Author:  Mama's Lebanese Kitchen Recipe type:  Entree, Middle Eastern Prep time:  70 mins Cook time:  90 mins Total time:  2 hours 40 mins Print A dolma-like recipe involving cabbage leaves stuffed with ground meat, rice, spices, and cooked in a lemony garlicky sauce. Ingredients

  • 1 Cabbage head (4 lbs)
  • ¾th lb of lean ground beef (~ 350 grams)
  • 1 cup of rice, rinsed, dried
  • 3 heads of garlic, freshly peeled
  • 4 lemons, freshly squeezed
  • 1-2 teaspoons of 7 spices
  • 3 table spoons of olive oil
  • Salt to taste
  1. A 4 lbs cabbage head should yield around 30-35 rolled cabbage leaves depending on how big the leaves are.
  2. Peel and discard the outer leaves of the cabbage.
  3. Pit out the large stem from the bottom of the cabbage as in the photo above. This will help the leaves get separated easier.
  4. To separate the leaves, simmer the entire cabbage head in a large pot of boiling water for 5-10 minutes while carefully turning it over to ensure exposure to all of its sides.
  5. As the leaves loosen, pin down the cabbage inside the pot with one fork, and with another fork slowly peel away the leaves one after the other. Do this slowly and carefully so you don't hurt yourself with boiling water, and to also ensure that leaves are whole and not torn.
  6. Place the cabbage leaves in a colander as you peel them. Please note that if you try to peel leaves of a raw cabbage they'll very likely break and tear.
  7. Once you've separated all leaves, try to roll one or two of them to see if they are soft enough. If not, and if they tear or break, put them back in the boiling water pot and cook them for another 5 minutes.
  8. Mix the ground beef with the rice, 1 to 2 teaspoons of Lebanese 7-spices (or Allspice) to taste as well as ½ teaspoon of salt to taste. Mix them well and set aside.
  9. Lay each cabbage leaf separately on a cutting board, cut out the stem if it's too thick. Spread 1 to 2 table spoons of meat stuffing along the edge of the leaf , then roll it slowly and tightly over the meat all the way.
  10. Line up the stuffed rolls carefully in a wide/deep cooking pot one by the other in a compact manner until you've completed a layer which you will garnish with a few chopped cloves of garlic. Place the rolls with the greenest leaves on the bottom of the pot since they need more heat/longer to cook.
  11. Roll all the leaves and place them in the pot in this manner while placing garlic cloves in between the layers. You may end up with 2 to 4 layers of rolls, depending on how wide the cooking pot is.
  12. In a frying pan, saute 10-15 cloves of freshly minced or crushed garlic (one head) with 3 table spoons of olive oil and a squeeze of lemon juice until they start to turn light brown then dump the entire content on top of the cooking pot.
  13. Squeeze 4 lemons, mix them with 4 cups of water, and ½ to 1 teaspoon of salt (to taste), then add them to the cooking pot. The sauce should cover the rolls and if not, add more water until it does.
  14. Carefully shake/tilt the cooking pot sideways a few times to ensure the sauce seeps through everywhere and that the fried garlic also mixes well with the sauce (or you can mix them in advance).
  15. Place a heavy plate inside the pot, on top of the rolls, cover the pot, and turn on the stove on high heat for about 5-10 minutes until they boil, at which time you turn heat to very low and let them simmer slowly for 1 to hours (until the cabbage is fully cooked and is no longer crunchy - time may vary, however you should be left with a bit of sauce on the bottom don't let it dry up).
  16. Serve hot with an optional side of plain Greek yogurt and an optional squeeze of lemon juice.
Notes Note: You may end up with tiny leaves that can't be rolled or with other fragments from the cabbage head. Don't throw them away. You can make a nice spicy saute of cabbage and onions called "Marshousheh" which is a Saute of Cabbage and Cracked Wheat. March 11, 2014 Edgard Related Posts
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1 1/2 cups finely chopped celery
1/3 cup butter
8 cups dry bread cubes (1/2 inch)
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
1/2 teaspoon poultry seasoning
1/2 teaspoon sage
1/4 cup water
1 egg, well beaten Cook onion and celery in butter in skillet until tender. Add mixture to bread cubes which have been placed in a large pan. Sprinkle with seasonings which have been mixed together. Combine. Add water and egg. Toss together with forks. Stuff thawed bird immediately and roast. VARIATIONS: Oyster Stuffing: Add 2 cups oysters, chopped, uncooked or heated in butter, to Bread Stuffing. Combine as for Bread Stuffing. Chestnut Stuffing: Add 1 cup chopped cooked chestnuts to Bread Stuffing. Combine as for Bread Stuffing. Cornbread Stuffing: Omit 8 cups dry bread cubes in Bread Stuffing. Add 8 cups crumbled cornbread. Combine as for Bread Stuffing. Yield: 9 cups (Enough to stuff a 12 pound bird). Submitted by: CM Share: +  Add review or comment Name (required):
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