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Stuffed with a mixture of white rice, ground beef and Mediterranean spices, these cabbage rolls are cooked in tomato sauce and spiced with lemon, mint and garlic

Lebanese Stuffed Cabbage Rolls

Emily Ackerman
Lebanese Stuffed Cabbage Rolls are filled with a mixture of white rice, ground beef and Mediterranean spices, these cabbage rolls are cooked in tomato sauce and spiced with lemon, mint and garlic.
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 45 mins
Cook Time 1 min
Cuisine Mediterranean
Servings 8

Ingredients
  

  • 1 head Cabbage
  • 1 cup White Rice
  • 1 lb Ground Beef
  • 1 14.5 oz can Tomato Sauce
  • 3 cups Water
  • ¼ teas Cinnamon
  • ¼ teas Pepper
  • 1 ½ teas Salt
  • 4 cloves Garlic minced
  • 1 tbls Dried Mint Leaf
  • ¼ cup Lemon Juice

Instructions
 

  • Core the cabbage and parboil it to remove the leaves. Leaves should be pliable to roll
  • Cut ground beef, rice, 1 teaspoon salt, pepper, cinnamon and 3-4 tablespoons of tomato sauce together in a mixing bowl
  • Slice each leaf in half next to the rib, slice the rib out completely (see post for video and step by step visuals)
    how to roll cabbage leaves
  • Layer the ribs on the bottom of the pan
  • Put 2 tablespoons of the ground beef and rice mixture on the edge of the leaf where the rib was cut out
  • Roll the leaf over the beef mixture once and fold in both sides. Continue to roll until it is tight
  • Place seem side down in the pan on top of the ribs
  • Make a tight layer of cabbage rolls
  • After each layer sprinkle mint and garlic and 1/4 teas salt over the top of the cabbage rolls then put 4-5 Tablespoons of tomato sauce on top also
  • Repeat these steps to make more layers of cabbage rolls
  • After all of the ground beef mixture is gone, put the rest of the tomato sauce over the top of the cabbage leaves. Add 1 teaspoon of salt over the top and cover the cabbage rolls with water until it reaches the top of the cabbage rolls
  • Put a plate of pottery over the top layer of the cabbage rolls so that they hold together while cooking
  • Simmer for 20 minutes
  • Add the rest of the garlic, ½ teaspoon of mint to the lemon juice and pour over the top of the cabbage rolls
  • Simmer for another 20 minutes or until rice is done
  • Serve and enjoy
Keyword lebanese cuisine, stuffed cabbage, cabbage rolls, cabbage leaves