Saturday, December 5, 2009

C's Quasi-Cabbage Rolls

A couple of months ago, a good friend and I were reminiscing about food our mothers used to make. I was salivating over memories of my mom's cabbage rolls . . . which she didn't have a recipe for, nor did I ever watch her closely enough when she prepared them to replicate the procedure. My loss. Sigh.

Anyway, C said that she frequently makes a dish that reminds her a lot of cabbage rolls but is much simpler and can easily be whipped up for a quick dinner provided you have leftover spaghetti sauce to use.

Set your spaghetti sauce heating over a low flame while you prepare the rest of the ingredients. I suppose you could use a marinara sauce or vegetarian sauce but I'm sure the flavor is more like cabbage rolls if you have some form of meat in the sauce.

Finely shred as much cabbage as you'll need to feed those gathered around your table.

Saute the cabbage in a nice amount of butter. I like to add a sprinkling of fennel seeds (I love fennel) but caraway seeds would be good, too. Salt and pepper the cabbage when it's cooked.

Grate some fresh Parmesan cheese for use as a top garnish. (Fresh really is better!)

Put cooked cabbage on plate, ladle on some sauce, and top with a nice garnish of Parmesan.

It really does remind one of authentic cabbage rolls. And so much easier! Mmmm, wouldn't some garlic cheese bread and a glass of Chianti go well with this?

11 comments:

  1. Hmmmm, I'm not sure I can relate to this one! I really need to get my act together and try cabbage one of these days. My only experience is egg rolls, and I am not sure that qualifies! LOL

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  2. Egads! No beets, no cabbage? WHAT are we going to do with you, girl?!?

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  3. Looks yummy. It seems kinda like spaghetti, only instead of noodles there's cabbage. Think my kids will fall for the switch-a-roo? It's worth a try!

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  4. I would have never thought of a spaghetti sauce with cabbage-gotta try it! I love cabbage in the fall-and hubby knows that so leaves the cracks about the smell alone! It's hard to train a man that well!!
    :D

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  5. Hi, Jo - Don't tell your kids this tastes just like spaghetti . . . 'cause it doesn't at all. You'll have to come up with a better ruse than that, Mom! ;o)

    Hi, Sue - I've found that sauteing cabbage doesn't produce the same aroma(!) as boiling it does. Which is another plus for this dish!

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  7. this sounds yummy! I'm going to try it soon! thanks for the recipe!

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  8. Hi, Beth - Thanks, and hope it works for you . . . it's a good way to get that cabbage vegetable into us!

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  9. Oh Mama Pea, that looks so good. I'm going to put cabbage on my grocery list and try this recipe next week!

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  10. Hey, Ruthie - Hope you like it as much as some of the others that have tried it. I think next time I make it, I'm gonna do meat balls with my sauce. Haven't made meat balls in quite a while . . . and right now that sounds pretty good!

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