No, no… the title is correct, these are really the Rolls Royce of dishes, the Cabbage Rollsroyce. Not only that this is the most amazing comfort food that you can make for yourself, family or friends its also something you will want to keep for yourself and never share it with them. Selfish, I know but I also understand.
- fresh or pickled cabbage (one large should be enough)
- minced pork meat mixed with beef (1kg)
- 3 medium size onions
- 1 carrot
- half of cup of rice (60 grams)
- 150 ml of warm water
- 1 teaspoon of dried thyme
- Dill (plenty of it)
- Parsley (same amount as dill)
- 2 eggs.
- 70g of tomato paste.
- 1 teaspoon of salt and 1/2 of black pepper
The first step depends on the type of cabbage you gonna use. if you use regular cabbage what you will need to do is first start boiling a medium size pan of water in which you will blanch the cabbage until softened. If you are using pickled cabbage as I did you will need to let it soak in cold water to remove some of the saltiness that the usually pickled cabbage has. Let it overnight and before cooking soak again in fresh water for another hour.
1Start by sweating the diced onions and carrots with a bit of salt, pepper and oil until soft.
2I used a food processor for this step and added all ingredients together for mixing it up properly. Add your the meat, rice, freshly chopped dill and parsley, your eggs and the salt as well as pepper. At the end add your onion and carrots but only after you let it cool down a bit alongside your tomato paste.
3Now the fun part begins where you need to roll the mixture inside the cabbage leaves and add it to your pot. I usually put diced cabbage on the bottom to avoid the rolls sticking to the bottom. Add one layer of rolls and a layer of smoked bacon till you fill that pot up!
4Add the warm water into your pot and prepare to boil for around 2 hours on a low flame (if cooked over the stove) or around 200 degrees Celcius if you are using your oven. Once cooked you can keep the entire dish for yourself (which I sometimes do) or share it with few of your lucky friends! Be warned…they will come for more!