Born and raised in Sweden, I sort of grew up eating cabbage rolls. Never really appreciated the dish as a child, how typical, but now I do. I was so excited when a I saw a version of this recipe on Pinterest. What a brilliant idea – you still have all the wonderful flavors of cabbage rolls, without all the time and effort of the traditional way. Using this method, this is not an exact recipe – it’s a method, you will have Deconstructed Cabbage Rolls in about 30 minutes. Yay!!
By the way, I love method recipes! Once you learn the method you can play around with the ingredients and create a variety of dishes, switch out ingredients etc.
What you need (in approximation):
- 1 pound of Ground Chicken (or other ground meat, such as beef or turkey)
- 1 small head of Cabbage – roughly chopped
- 1 jar of Marinara Sauce (I used Paul Newman… I think)
- 1 jar of Water
- 1 cup of Uncooked Rice (I used Jasmine, because I love it)
- 1 chopped Portabello Mushroom (or other mushrooms, or skip if you’re not in to mushrooms)
- 2-3 cloves of Garlic (minced or pressed)
- A couple of handfuls of Shredded Cheese (or skip if you want dairy free)
- Salt & Pepper to taste
What to do:
- In a large skillet (preferably one with a lid) over medium heat sauté mushrooms in some olive oil. When mushrooms are browned and cooked down add the ground chicken and season with some salt and pepper. Stir frequently to make sure chicken is cooked through. Add garlic and cook for about a minute.
- Add chopped cabbage, uncooked rice, marinara sauce, water (simply fill up the empty marinara jar with water) and stir to combine all ingredients. Cover with lid. Let come up to a boil, then lower heat to a simmer (low heat).
- After about 20 minutes rice and cabbage should be tender – and rice will have absorbed excess liquid. If you are not using cheese – you’re work is done here:
- Sprinkle cheese over the top and then cover with lid for another 5 minutes, for cheese to melt. Enjoy!
This is a really quick and easy and handy recipe to know. You can change this recipe more to your taste – use ground beef, or use chicken stock instead of tomato sauce. Lots of possibilities.
I hope you try this out, or some version of it : )