Prep 20 mins
Cook 2 hrs
This is a great vegetarian dish! You may add frozen meatless crumbles in place of or in addition to the feta cheese. You can assemble this the night before to get a good head start on the next day's dinner! Adapted from Cooking Light magazine.
- 1 large head of cabbage, cored
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 1⁄2 cups finely chopped onions
- 3 cups cooked pearl barley
- 3⁄4 cup crumbled feta cheese (or meatless crumbles)
- 1⁄2 cup dried currant (or raisins-golden are good)
- 2 tablespoons pine nuts, toasted
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
- 1⁄2 teaspoon salt, divided
- 1⁄4 teaspoon black pepper, divided
- 1⁄2 cup apple juice
- 1 tablespoon cider vinegar
- 1 (14 1/2 ounce) can crushed tomatoes, undrained
- Steam cabbage head 8 minutes, cool slightly. Remove 16 leaves from cabbage. Use remaining cabbage for another use. Cut off raised portion of the center vein of each cabbage leaf(don't cut out vein). Set trimmed cabbage leaves aside.
- Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add onion, cover and cook 6 minutes or until tender. Remove from heat, stir in barley and next 4 ingredients(thorough parsley). Stir in 1/4 teaspoons salt and 1/8 teaspoons pepper.
- Place cabbage leaves on a flat work surface, spoon about 1/3 cup barley mixture into center of each cabbag4e leaf. Fold in edges of leaves over barley mixture; roll up. Arrange cabbage wraps in bottom of a 5 quart electric slow cooker.
- Combine the remaining 1/4 teaspoons salt, remaining 1/8 teaspoons pepper, apple juice, vinegar, and tomatoes; pour evenly over cabbage wraps. Cover and cook on High 2 hours or until thoroughly heated.
- Makes 4 servings.
Very good and interesting recipe for cabbage rolls which we enjoyed. I had more barley mixture than cabbage leaves so I just added it to the crock pot on top of the cabbage rolls. I also used white grape juice instead of the apple juice -- the apple juice would probably have been better and next time I make these I will make sure to have some apple juice in the house! Thanks for sharing!
A nice and pleasant dish. I've given it four stars because my husband rated it a 5 and my kids a 3. At first, they refused to eat it but when I persuaded them to, they were pleasantly surprised. "Not bad! Not wonderful, but not bad!" A minus point was the 1 1/2 hours to precook the barley, which I didn't realise at the time.