On Thursday, I had the entire house to myself. Nuno went to work and my girls went to school. I was home alone and didn't have a whole lot to do around the house. On leisurely days like these, there's nothing I enjoy more than spending the day preparing a special dinner. I decided to have a go at making cabbage rolls. I had eaten them before, but this was my very first time making them.
First, I made my homemade tomato sauce, using whole tomatoes. I sauteed one chopped onion and minced garlic cloves in extra virgin olive oil. Next, I added two cans of whole tomatoes, basil leaves, salt and pepper, and simmered the sauce for one hour. Once cooled, I pulsed the sauce in my food processor until smooth and set it aside for later.
I used a savoy cabbage (the inspiration for this dish) that I had in the refrigerator and removed the base of the core. I placed it in a pot of simmering water and removed the leaves, one by one, as they came apart from the core. I set aside twelve of the prettiest leaves to cool.
Next, I prepared the filling. I mixed together 1 1/2 pounds of lean ground beef, 1 cup of previously cooked basmati rice, sauteed onion and garlic, salt, pepper, milk, egg, chopped parsley and worcestershire sauce. I divided the mixture into twelve equal portions.
I wonder if cabbage rolls are a common meal at your house? If so, how do you prepare them? Similar to mine? Or completely different? I would love to know!
I hope you are all enjoying the weekend so far. It has been snowing here for the past couple of days. I think we've had enough! Thankfully, it has stopped (for now). Mr. Groundhog was definitely mistaken this year. I don't see an early Spring in sight!
I hope that you are smiling no matter where you are or what the weather! Thank you for stopping by! xo