A Very Simple Cabbage Roll

by zesty on October 7, 2009 · 11 comments

Happy Wednesday!

What a Tuesday we had -  I am so tired I am pretty sure I could sleep standing up.

So as promised, I told you I would share with you some traditional Lebanese dishes this week.  This first one is very simple and great tasting if you like cabbage.  Now there are a million ways to make cabbage rolls but I thought it would be fun for me to share the way my family makes them.  The more common way you would see a cabbage roll would be with a tomato sauce, however today’s post will be slightly different.


The cabbage rolls below are much smaller in size than what you would consider a “traditional” cabbage roll.  And with the omittance of the tomato sauce – you may ask yourself…. what in the world does zesty have here.  Well here it goes:


  • 1 Lb. Lean Ground Beef
  • 1/2 Cup Short Grain Rice
  • 4 Large Cabbage Heads
  • 1 Head Garlic
  • Salt
  • Pepper


  1. Combine raw lean beef, rice, salt and pepper together;  mix well.
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  3. Bring water to a boil and place whole cabbage into the pot to scold cabbage for about 4 minutes. ( Be sure to save liquid )
  4. Once the leaves start falling off remove from pot.
  5. Take one leaf off with tongs and place on a work surface.
  6. Check for hard core like surface on the back of the cabbage leaf and skim it off with a knife.
  7. Place cabbage open on the work surface and fill with a  tablespoon  of filling in a horizontal line.
  8. tuck both sides of the cabbage leaf in and roll .
  9. Place in a large pot and repeat procedure.
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  11. Put garlic cloves throughout the pot on different layers.
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  13. Once all the cabbage rolls are made fill pot about 2/3 full with reserve liquid and cook for 60-75 minutes.
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  15. ENJOY!

Zesty Tip: Be sure to cut the core of the cabbage out before starting the rolling procedure if it is present.

So there you have it.  Now what I like to do with my cabbage rolls is have a little tomato juice that has been boiled to make a little dipping sauce.  Mom also likes to cook a couple of small lamb chops by adding them to the pot for flavoring…. oh so good!

Hope you have a great Wednesday and please if you have not done so – be sure to enter the POM giveaway contest before Friday.

Take care


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1 Jessica @ How Sweet It Is

I’ve never made cabbage rolls but have wanted to try! I am definitely going to make this for my hubby soon.


2 Spotty Prep

I LOVE cabbage rolls! I tried to make them once but my rolling skills were not so great. Now I want to try again, though!


3 Whitney @ Lettuce Love

I am in awe! My new obsession is cabbage and I will have to try this. Thanks for posting!


4 Pam

Cabbage rolls are So good! Nice photo’s!

Be well and get’s some rest!


5 Mark Wisecarver

Awesome. Looking forward to more of the Lebanese posts.
My family came to Detroit from Lebanon, we had some very nice Lebanese diners in Detroit and I still keep a lot of the old traditions alive. In our house of 5 we make all of our breads.
I’m a health nut so nowadays my recipes are modified to be health-smart. I’m willing to share them with you. ;-)


6 Lex

I am SOOOOO happy to see this post!! I am Ukrainian and my grandmothers made cabbage rolls ALLL of the time!! I moved across teh country so I dont’ get to enjoy homemade cabbage rolls anymore (I never learned to make them) but this post helps sooo much!
To me, *traditional* cabbage rolls do NOT have the tomato sauce so this recipe looks awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Yum yum – I drooled just looking at the pics!


7 Julia

I have made cabbage rolls with a stuffing from a stuffed pepper recipe. I also use the sauce that the stuffed pepper uses in the stuffing and it makes the cabbage rolls very good.


8 Nikolay

it’s best with pickled cabbage and a few, stuffed with the same minced meat, dried red peppers around.
One of my favourites ever.


9 haya

oh i used to love these. my teta would make it for me a lot as a kid (the only way i’d eat cabbage!!)
haven’t had them in ages though. maybe i should give it a go myself. she’d be proud!


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