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Mom's Stuffed Cabbage

591 Moms Stuffed Cabbage
Mario's stuffed cabbage is so good, it'll have to remind you of your mom's!
skill level
Easy
time
60-120min
servings
4
cost
$$
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Mario's stuffed cabbage is so good, it'll have to remind you of your mom's!
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ingredients
  • Green Cabbage (leaves separated)
  • Salt and Freshly Ground Pepper
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 4 ounces Pancetta (chopped)
  • 1 small Red Onion (thinly sliced)
  • 2 cloves Garlic (thinly sliced)
  • pinch Crushed Red Pepper Flakes
  • 1; 28 ounce can Whole Peeled Tomatoes
  • 1 pound 80/20 Ground Beef
  • 1 pound Sweet Italian Sausage
  • 1/2 cup Freshly Grated Pecorino Romano
  • 1/3 cup Chopped Fresh Parsley
  • 1/4 cup Dried Currants
  • 1 cup "Fat Boy" Breadcrumbs
  • 1 Egg
  • 2 teaspoons Dried Basil (divided)
  • 2 teaspoons Dried Thyme (divided)
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  • 1
    Preheat oven to 375°F.
  • 2
    Green Cabbage (leaves separated)
    Bring a large pot of water to a rolling boil and season with Salt to taste like the sea. Blanch the Cabbage until tender and bright green, about 5 minutes. Shock in ice water and set aside to dry. Remove leaves.
  • 3
    Extra Virgin Olive Oil
    4 ounces Pancetta (chopped)
    1 small Red Onion (thinly sliced)
    2 cloves Garlic (thinly sliced)
    pinch Crushed Red Pepper Flakes
    1 teaspoon Dried Basil (divided)
    1 teaspoon Dried Thyme (divided)
    Salt
    1; 28 ounce can Whole Peeled Tomatoes
    In a large sauté pan, add a few tablespoons of Olive Oil over medium-high heat. Add Pancetta and cook until the fat renders out and the Pancetta Crisps. Add the Onion, Garlic, Crushed Red Pepper Flakes and cook until fragrant. Add a teaspoon of Dried Thyme and Dried Basil. Add the Tomatoes and a generous pinch of Salt. Simmer until it comes together, about 5 minutes, and then set aside.
  • 4
    1 pound 80/20 Ground Beef
    1 pound Sweet Italian Sausage
    1/2 cup Freshly Grated Pecorino Romano
    1/3 cup Chopped Fresh Parsley
    1/4 cup Dried Currants
    1 teaspoon Dried Basil (divided)
    1 teaspoon Dried Thyme (divided)
    1 cup "Fat Boy" Breadcrumbs
    1 Egg
    Salt and Freshly Ground Pepper
    In a large bowl, combine the Ground Beef, Sausage, Pecorino, Parsley, Currants, a teaspoon of Dried Basil and Thyme, Breadcrumbs, and Egg. Season generously with Salt and Freshly Ground Pepper. Using your hands, mix until just combined.
  • 5
    Olive Oil
    In a baking dish lightly greased with Olive Oil, ladle a thin layer of the Arrabiata sauce.
  • 6
    prepared Cabbage Leaves
    Arrabiata Sauce
    Spoon some of the filling into each of the leaves of Cabbage, and roll up. Arrange over the Arrabiata sauce in the baking dish. Once full, ladle more of the Arrabiata sauce over the stuffed Cabbage and sprinkle with more Pecorino-Romano. Transfer to oven and bake for an hour to an hour and a half, until the filling is completely cooked through. Serve.

    Helpful Tips:
    1. Boil the cabbage core side down for 15 minutes
    2. Use whatever meats you have on hand (ground turkey, lamb, tofu, etc.)
    3. These can’t be overcooked! If they’re left in the oven a little longer than the stated cooking time, they’ll become a little drier.

 
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