Pork with Layered Cabbage

Pork with Layered CabbageA light, healthy meal!

  • 2 pounds of sauerkraut
  • 1 large head green cabbage
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 cup finely chopped onions
  • 1/4 tsp of finely chopped garlic
  • 1 lb ground lean pork
  • 1/4 cup rice, cooked in boiling salted water (yielding 3/4 cup cooked)
  • 2 lightly beaten eggs
  • 2 tbsp sweet Hungarian paprika
  • 1/8 tsp marjoram
  • 1 tsp salt
  • freshly ground pepper
  • 1 cup water mixed with 1 cup tomato puree
  • 1 cup sour cream
1 Rinse the sauerkraut in cold water. If needed, soak in cold water 10-20 minutes to
reduce sourness. Squeeze dry and set aside. In a large saucepan, bring to a boil
enough salted water to cover the cabbage. Add the cabbage, turn the heat to low and
simmer 8 minutes. Remove the cabbage and let it drain while it cools enough to
handle. Pull off 16 large unbroken leaves and lay them on paper towels to drain and
cool further.

2 In a 10-inch skillet, saute the onions and garlic in olive oil, until the onions are lightly
colored. In a large mixing bowl, combine the pork, rice, eggs, paprika, marjoram, the
onion-garlic mixture, salt and a few grindings of black pepper. Mix well with a fork or
wooden spoon.

3 Place 2 tablespoons of the stuffing in the center of one of the wilted cabbage leaves
and, beginning with the thick end of the leaf, fold over the sides, then roll the whole leaf
tightly, as you would a small bundle. Repeat with more leaves until all the stuffing has
been used.

4 Spread the sauerkraut on the bottom of a 5-quart casserole and arrange the cabbage
rolls on top of it. Add the water mixed with the tomato puree. Bring the liquid to a boil,
then cover the pan tightly and cook the stuffed cabbage over low heat for 1 hour.
Transfer the rolls from the casserole to a warm plate. Stir in the sour cream to the
sauerkraut. Simmer another 5 minutes. Lift the sauerkraut onto a serving platter with a
slotted spoon. Arrange the cabbage rolls on the sauerkraut and pour some of the
sauce over them. Serve the rest of the sauce in a sauceboat.

Serves 4-6.Original recipe from: http://www.cabbagerecipes.org

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