This recipe for pork cabbage rolls with tomato sauce is a great way to use in season cabbages from the garden or the store. The pork filling is combined with onion, sage and rice making this moreish dish both gluten and dairy free.
To increase this recipe try adding 1 pound (500g) of beef mince to the pork then double the rest of the ingredients. This combination works really well together.
For Hungarian style cabbage rolls; remove the sage then add 1 teaspoon of sweet paprika to the filling then add 2 teaspoons of sweet paprika to the sauce.
1 Medium Cabbage
1 pound (500g) Pork Mince
1 Onion Grated
2 Cloves Garlic Minced
1 Tbsp. Fresh Sage Leaves Finely Chopped
¼ Tsp. Freshly Ground Pepper
½ Tsp. Salt
½ Cup Dry Rice
1 Onion Diced
1 Medium Carrot (Shredded with a peeler or diced finely)
2 Cloves Garlic Diced
24 oz. (690g) Passata Sauce
½ Passata Jar of Water
1 Tbsp. Sugar
First, cook the rice to your preferred method then set aside to cool.
Next, separate the cabbage leaves by cutting them off at the base then bring a large pot of water to the boil. Blanch the leaves for 2 minutes in the boiling water to soften then place in a bowl of cold water to stop the cooking process.
In a large bowl place the pork mince, grated onion, minced garlic, sage leaves, salt, pepper, lightly beaten egg and cooked rice. Mix together with your hand until well combined.
Next cut out the thick middle stem at the base of each cabbage leaf then place approximately 2 tablespoons of the pork stuffing on one side of the leaf in an oblong shape.
Fold the sides of the leaf over the stuffing then roll up with the ends of the cabbage underneath. You should get 8 cabbage rolls.
For the tomato sauce; in a large frypan sauté the onion, carrot and garlic until the onion is tender. Add the passata sauce then fill the jar halfway with water. This doesn’t need to be exact. Replace the lid then shake to dislodge any remaining sauce in the jar then pour into the frypan.
Add the sugar then mix well. Set the cabbage rolls over the top of the sauce then spoon some of the sauce over the top. Cover the frypan then simmer on medium low heat for 35 to 40 minutes.
Serve either with mashed potato, over rice or with buttered noodles. A dollop of sour cream also goes well with this dish.
The remaining centre of the cabbage can be quartered then boiled or steamed to have as a side dish with your cabbage rolls.
Pork Cabbage Rolls with Tomato Sauce
Serves: 4 Servings
Amount Per Serving:
% Daily Value*
Total Fat27.03 g
Saturated Fat 9.606 g
Trans Fat 0g
Total Carbohydrate60.61 g
Dietary Fiber 9.6 g
Sugars 22.7 g
Vitamin A 5896 IU
Vitamin C 144.3 mg
Calcium 204 mg
Iron 7.89 mg
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
*The Nutrition Facts label above should be used as a guide only. The amounts can change depending on the brands you use. To reduce the fat content always try to buy reduced fat products and lean meat when you can afford it. Look for reduced salt products and low sugar without artificial sugar replacements.
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Save money by growing your own cabbages during the cooler months in warm climates and during the summer in cooler regions. They are easy to grow and to make into sauerkraut which doesn’t need any special canning. Try this Cabbage growing guide
Buy pantry basics such as rice in bulk packs then store in recycled jars to prevent pests. Rice will keep for up to 2 years. Store away from direct sunlight in a cool place with low humidity.
Consider buying jars of passata sauce in bulk packs. It is a versatile sauce that can be used as a base for pasta sauces and lasagne sauce. Add a teaspoon of sugar to reduce the acidity then add your favourite spices such as oregano, garlic and fresh basil.
This guide to Creating Budget Friendly Meals covers everything from planning to making the most of in season vegetables and meat to using raw ingredients to create healthy and nutritious meals which cost less to make. A little forethought can save you a great deal of money over the course of the year.
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