FoodSkip the wrapping with an easy unwrapped cabbage roll recipe

Skip the wrapping with an easy unwrapped cabbage roll recipe

Every busy housewife should know this recipe. They taste like stuffed cabbage rolls, but you don't have to wrap them.
Every busy housewife should know this recipe. They taste like stuffed cabbage rolls, but you don't have to wrap them.
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1:23 PM EDT, May 30, 2024

Stuffed cabbage rolls are a delicious but time-consuming dish that requires patience and skill in wrapping cabbage leaves. Fortunately, there's an easier way to prepare this tasty dish! Discover the recipe for unwrapped stuffed cabbage rolls, which taste just as delicious and take significantly less time to prepare.

Unwrapped stuffed cabbage rolls are an excellent alternative to traditional stuffed cabbage rolls. With this recipe, you can enjoy their flavor without wrapping the cabbage. It's the ideal solution for busy homemakers who want to surprise their families with a tasty and quick meal. This recipe I received from my mother-in-law has become a hit in my kitchen. The kids love these lazy stuffed cabbage rolls, and they disappear from the plates faster than you'd expect. You must try it!

Recipe for unwrapped stuffed cabbage rolls

To prepare unwrapped stuffed cabbage rolls, you'll need a few basic ingredients. Here is the full list:

Ingredients for unwrapped stuffed cabbage rolls:

  • 4 cups of cooked white rice (from 1 1/2 cups of uncooked rice), cooled to room temperature
  • 1/2 medium cabbage, cut into 1/4-inch wide strips (about 7 cups of chopped cabbage)
  • 1.1 lbs (500 g) of ground pork
  • 1.1 lbs (500 g) of ground turkey
  • 1 large onion, 1/2 grated and 1/2 finely chopped
  • 2 large eggs
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons of finely chopped parsley or dill

Ingredients for the sauce:

  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons of butter
  • 1 large carrot, julienned or grated
  • 2 cups (17 oz) of tomato puree
  • 3 cups (26 fl oz) of hot water
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • Sour cream or yogurt for serving
  • Parsley for garnish

Unwrapped stuffed cabbage rolls step by step

  1. Prepare the cabbage: Shred it into thin strips and pour boiling water. Set aside for 10 minutes to soften. Drain and squeeze out excess water.
  2. Prepare the filling: In a large bowl, mix the ground meat, rice, blanched cabbage, chopped onion, eggs, salt, pepper, and parsley. Mix well.
  3. Form the rolls: Shape the meat mixture into oval patties about the size of a medium potato.
  4. Prepare the sauce: Sauté the onion in butter with oil in a saucepan. Add the carrot and sauté for a few minutes. Pour the tomato puree and hot water, then season with salt and pepper.
  5. Bake the rolls: Pour the sauce into a baking dish. Bake in an oven preheated to 428°F for 40 minutes.
  6. Serve: Serve the unwrapped stuffed cabbage rolls with sour cream or natural yogurt.
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