Lazy Cabbage Rolls

March 19th, 2011 in Beef, Main Dish Recipes by
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Total cooking time: 1h 30min  
Lazy Cabbage Rolls

Lazy Cabbage Rolls

Lazy cabbage rolls, or “lenyvi golubtsi” how this dish is called in ukrainian, is an easier version of ukrainian cabbage rolls.

Since it doesn’t require assembling of rolls it is much easier to prepare, and taste is very similar to cabbage rolls.

Lazy cabbage rolls taste great when seasoned with a bit of chopped garlic and a bit of mayo.

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 lb ground beef
  • 3 – 3.5 lb cabbage
  • 2-3 carrots
  • 2 big onions
  • 3 roma tomatoes
  • Fresh dill
  • Vegetable oil (sunflower oil)
  • Ground pepper
  • Salt

How to prepare, step-by-step:

  1. Prepare ingredients: you can use ground beef for this recipe as well as mix of ground beef with ground pork, or even just pork; blanched tomatoes can be replaced with 2 tablespoons of tomato paste diluted with a bit of water:
    Lazy Cabbage Rolls Recipe: Step 1

    Lazy Cabbage Rolls Recipe: Step 1

  2. Warm up skillet with 1-2 tablespoons of vegetable oil; peel both onions, slice them in quarter circles, move to the skillet and fry over moderate heat until onions gain yellow color; stir from time to time:
    Lazy Cabbage Rolls Recipe: Step 2

    Lazy Cabbage Rolls Recipe: Step 2

  3. While onions are being cooked, warm up another skillet with a bit of oil. If you have skillet big enough to fit all of the cabbage – use it, otherwise will need to fry cabbage in 2 portions. So, slice cabbage head in half, remove stem and shred it. Move to the warmed up skillet and fry over moderate heat until softened; don’t forget to stir:
    Lazy Cabbage Rolls Recipe: Step 3

    Lazy Cabbage Rolls Recipe: Step 3

  4. While cabbage is cooking, peel all carrots and shred them, then add them to the skillet with onions and continue frying onions and carrots together for about 10 mins; stir occasionally:
    Lazy Cabbage Rolls Recipe: Step 4

    Lazy Cabbage Rolls Recipe: Step 4

  5. If you fried all amount of cabbage then split it into 2 parts and line first part at the bottom of the cast iron pan, season with salt; (by the way, if you needed to split cabbage in two portions, it is time to go ahead with frying second one):
    Lazy Cabbage Rolls Recipe: Step 5

    Lazy Cabbage Rolls Recipe: Step 5

  6. Then add ground beef to the skillet with onions and carrots:
    Lazy Cabbage Rolls Recipe: Step 6

    Lazy Cabbage Rolls Recipe: Step 6

  7. Fry meat with vegetables until cooked thought (about 10-15 mins); season with salt and ground pepper:
    Lazy Cabbage Rolls Recipe: Step 7

    Lazy Cabbage Rolls Recipe: Step 7

  8. Add finely chopped dill, mix and turn heat off:
    Lazy Cabbage Rolls Recipe: Step 8

    Lazy Cabbage Rolls Recipe: Step 8

  9. Move meat with vegetables to the cast iron pot:
    Lazy Cabbage Rolls Recipe: Step 9

    Lazy Cabbage Rolls Recipe: Step 9

  10. And even it out into one layer:
    Lazy Cabbage Rolls Recipe: Step 10

    Lazy Cabbage Rolls Recipe: Step 10

  11. When second potion of fried cabbage is ready, pour it over meat:
    Lazy Cabbage Rolls Recipe: Step 11

    Lazy Cabbage Rolls Recipe: Step 11

  12. Even layer out and season with salt:
    Lazy Cabbage Rolls Recipe: Step 12

    Lazy Cabbage Rolls Recipe: Step 12

  13. Blanch tomatoes, remove stem parts and chop them in blender, pour tomato pasta over cabbage layer:
    Lazy Cabbage Rolls Recipe: Step 13

    Lazy Cabbage Rolls Recipe: Step 13

  14. And spread it; cover cooking pot with a lid, put over moderate low heat and cook on light simmer for 30-35 mins:
    Lazy Cabbage Rolls Recipe: Step 14

    Lazy Cabbage Rolls Recipe: Step 14

  15. Then mix everything together:
    Lazy Cabbage Rolls Recipe: Step 15

    Lazy Cabbage Rolls Recipe: Step 15

  16. And serve:
    Lazy Cabbage Rolls

    Lazy Cabbage Rolls


    Tastes great when seasoned with a bit of chopped garlic and a bit of mayo on a side.


Enjoy!

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