Stuffed Cabbage Head - Armenian Cuisine

Stuffed Cabbage Head – Armenian Cuisine

Stuffed Cabbage Head Recipe

New to me, but apparently an old recipe from Armenian cuisine : spiced ground meat stuffed cabbage head . This is more of a luxury Tolma , since all ingredients are the same except for carrots.

This stuffed cabbage head may be an interesting addition for any festive occasion and why for your thanksgiving gathering.

You can prep it , set in the fridge and cook on the day you need it.

Try it and hope it’ll take a good place on your holiday dishes menu.

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Stuffed Cabbage Head - Armenian Cuisine


Stuffed Cabbage Head - Armenian Cuisine

1 small cabbage head , about 1 ½ lbs

1 lbs ground meat, I mixed turkey and beef, use anything you prefer

¼ cup rice, preferably calrose (round grain)

1 medium size onion, finely chopped

2-3 tbs olive oil

6-8 oz carrots, chopped

8 oz mushrooms, not in the recipe, but I’m sure it’ll make a good addition to this recipe

1 red bell pepper, cut into small cubes, not in the recipe, but again, a good addition for taste and color

1 garlic clove , minced

Freshly chopped mixed herbs: parsley, dill, cilantro or basil , anything on hand , about ¼ cup

Salt , pepper, coriander, paprika , cumin, cayenne to taste

Dried herbs will work as well, especially savory ½ tsp

You will also need a large cheesecloth and a 6”-8” wide shallow bowl

Stuffed Cabbage Head - Armenian Cuisine


Stuffed Cabbage Head - Armenian Cuisine

Place the cabbage head in the freezer for a day, take out and allow to defrost and get tender

Separate leaves and set aside. A small detail that I’d like to mention: it’ll be better to save 3-4 largest leaves on a side, as is , but go ahead and remove the tough stems from the rest of leaves, simply slide the knife and cut through without damaging the leaves , that way you’ll have more tender textured dish

Rinse the rice a few times until the water is clear, add water , bring to a boil and turn off the heat

Cover with lid and set aside while you prep the rest

Sauté onions, carrots,mushrooms and pepper until slightly browned

Add fresh herbs and garlic

In a large bowl combine meat, rice and sautéed veggies

Spice, season to taste and start stuffing the leaves

Refer to YouTube tutorial for more details

Bake at 350°F preheated oven, about 1 hour and 40 minutes wrapped in foil or parchment , then remove the wrapping and bake another 30 minutes, overall the dish cooks within 2 hours and 10-15 minute

Serve Stuffed Cabbage Head with garlic yogurt

Bon appetite!

Բարի ախորժակ!

Stuffed Cabbage Head - Armenian Cuisine

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