This recipe is a little bit more work than what I usually post but is well worth the effort. If you are having company or a nice weekend meal for your family, this comfort classic is sure to please. Although my son peeled off the cabbage and ate the filling, he really enjoyed the flavors of the sauce and meat. The best part is that you, your frineds and family can enjoy a hearty delicious but light meal.
Preheat oven 350o
Estimated Values per Serving:
Calories: 250 Fat: 5 grams
Prep Time: 40 minutes
Bake Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
1 – 3 ½ pound cabbage
¾ pound ground turkey breast meat
¾ pound ground sirloin
½ cup egg substitute
1 cup bread crumbs
1 tablespoon paprika
1 teaspoon dill
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon pepper
½ teaspoon garlic powder
1 cup white wine
1 can (28 ounces) crushed tomatoes
1 cup unsweetened apple sauce
1 tablespoon sugar
1 tablespoon white vinegar
¼ teaspoon salt
- Bring a large saucepan of water to boil. Remove any damaged leaves from the cabbage. With a sharp knife, core the cabbage, cutting a hole in at least 1 inch wide and deep.
- Place the cabbage in the saucepan, cored end down, and boil for 10 – 12 minutes.
- Transfer the cabbage to a large bowl and carefully peel off as many softened leaves as you can. Return the remaining cabbage to the saucepan and repeat until you have 16 whole leaves.
- Quarter the remaining cabbage and transfer to a food processor and chop. Measure 2 cups of the chopped cabbage and store or discard any remaining cabbage.
- For the filling: In a large mixing bowl, combine the ground turkey, ground beef, egg substitute, bread crumbs, paprika, dill, salt, pepper and garlic powder. Mix well until completely incorporated.
- For the Sauce: Heat a large skillet on medium heat and coat with cooking spray. Add onion and sauté for 5 minutes until browned. Add wine and reduce to half (about 5 minutes). Add crushed tomatoes, apple sauce, sugar, vinegar, salt and the 2 cups of reserved chopped cabbage. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 15 – 20 minutes.
- While the sauce is simmering, spread the cabbage leaves out and fill each with about ¼ cup of the meat stuffing. Fold the rib end of each leaf up over the stuffing then fold the side in. Complete the roll by folding the top leaf down over it.
- In a large oven safe casserole pan, add about 2/3 of the sauce on the bottom. Carefully arrange the cabbage rolls on top of the sauce then pour the remaining sauce over the cabbage rolls. Cover the casserole and bake for 1 hour 15 minutes.