Cabbage Rolls in Sour Cream Sauce

December 23rd, 2011 in Beef, Main Dish Recipes by
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Total cooking time: 2h 30min  
Cabbage Rolls in Sour Cream Sauce

Cabbage Rolls in Sour Cream Sauce

Another variation for ukrainian cabbage rolls: meat staffed cabbage rolls with gentle sour cream and onion sauce.

Making these from scratch will take some time as any recipe for cabbage rolls even if you use ground beef and don’t need to prepare it yourself, you still need to separate cabbage, assemble rolls and then cook them.

But don’t let this to stop you – even though it is time consuming to cook cabbage rolls you will get enough rolls for later – just store left overs in fridge or freezer.

Ingredients:


  • For rolls:

    1.5lb of ground beef
  • 2 onions
  • 1/2 cup of rice
  • 1 big cabbage (5-6lbs)
  • Ground black pepper to taste
  • Salt to taste
  • 1-2 table spoons of oil

  • For sour cream sauce:

    14 oz sour cream
  • 2 onions
  • 1 cup of water
  • Dill
  • Salt to taste
  • 1-2 table spoons of oil

How to prepare, step-by-step:

  1. Prepare ingredients: select cabbage with big wide leaves, you will not use all of it but big leaves are easier to roll:
    Cabbage Rolls in Sour Cream Sauce Recipe: Step 1

    Cabbage Rolls in Sour Cream Sauce Recipe: Step 1

  2. Boil rice till it is half ready (still hard) in a pot of salted water, drain the water, let rice to cool down till room temperature (read here how to do it):
    Cabbage Rolls in Sour Cream Sauce Recipe: Step 2

    Cabbage Rolls in Sour Cream Sauce Recipe: Step 2

  3. Peel and chop 2 onions, warm up a skillet with 1-2 table spoons of oil and fry onions until soft and brownish in color, then set aside to cool down till room temperature:
    MCabbage Rolls in Sour Cream Sauce Recipe: Step 3

    Cabbage Rolls in Sour Cream Sauce Recipe: Step 3

  4. Now it is time to prepare cabbage leaves: take cooking pot big enough to fit whole cabbage, add a bit of water (1/5 of the pot), put on burner and bring to boil; then remove top layer of leaves from cabbage, slice stem off and put cabbage into pot stem part to the bottom and let it it boil for 5-10 mins:
    Cabbage Rolls in Sour Cream Sauce Recipe: Step 4

    Cabbage Rolls in Sour Cream Sauce Recipe: Step 4

  5. While cabbage is getting ready, prepare stuffing:
    Combine meat and rice

    Combine meat and rice

    Add onions

    Add onions

    Season with salt and black pepper, mix

    Season with salt and black pepper, mix




  6. Now it is time to assemble cabbage rolls: carefully get cabbage from the boiling water (turn it stem part top, get hold of cabbage stem with fork and get it out from the water):
    Separate a leaf from cabbage using knife

    Separate a leaf from cabbage using knife

    Slice center hard part of the leaf off

    Slice center hard part of the leaf off

    Arrange a table spoon of stuffing at the steam side

    Arrange a table spoon of stuffing at the steam side



    Roll it forward

    Roll it forward

    Fold left side

    Fold left side

    And right one

    And right one



    Roll once more

    Roll once more

    And more

    And more

    A cabbage roll is ready!

    A cabbage roll is ready!




  7. Now just repeat this procedure for all the stuffing you have (try to make all cabbage rolls of equal size); if leaves become hard to roll bring cabbage back to the boiling water that will make “undressing” procedure easier and leaves more flexible; arrange prepared cabbage rolls in the cast iron cooking pot:
    Cabbage Rolls in Sour Cream Sauce Recipe: Step 7

    Cabbage Rolls in Sour Cream Sauce Recipe: Step 7

  8. Now it is time to cook sour cream and onions sauce: warm up skillet with a bit of oil over moderate heat; peel remaining 2 onions, slice in half-circles and fry them over until yellowed in color, stir from time to time:
    Cabbage Rolls in Sour Cream Sauce Recipe: Step 8

    Cabbage Rolls in Sour Cream Sauce Recipe: Step 8

  9. Add all sour cream and bring to slow boiling:
    Cabbage Rolls in Sour Cream Sauce Recipe: Step 9

    Cabbage Rolls in Sour Cream Sauce Recipe: Step 9

  10. Add chopped dill:
    Cabbage Rolls in Sour Cream Sauce Recipe: Step 10

    Cabbage Rolls in Sour Cream Sauce Recipe: Step 10

  11. Salt to taste, stir in a cup of water, bring to boil and cook for 5 mins:
    Cabbage Rolls in Sour Cream Sauce Recipe: Step 11

    Cabbage Rolls in Sour Cream Sauce Recipe: Step 11

  12. Then pour sauce over prepared cabbage rolls, cover cooking pot with a lid and put to oven warmed up till 350F for about 1.5h (or until cabbage is soft):
    Cabbage Rolls in Sour Cream Sauce Recipe: Step 12

    Cabbage Rolls in Sour Cream Sauce Recipe: Step 12

  13. Serve cabbage rolls hot, pour sour cream sauce over:
    Cabbage Rolls in Sour Cream Sauce

    Cabbage Rolls in Sour Cream Sauce

Enjoy!

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