Cabbage and meat mildly seasoned with garlic and onions in a creamy cheese sauce and topped with breadcrumbs for a pretty presentation! A real comfort food. Even those who say they HATE cabbage will eat this and like it! I have even made this without the meat- using bulgur and veggie broth. Here is how: Just replace the meat with the same amount of bulgur- (for 1 lb of meat sub 1 cup bulgur) you will want to soak the bulgur according to the instructions on the package- if you bought it in bulk here is how... Bring 2 cups of veggie broth ( can use bouillon and water) per 1 cup bulgur When broth is boiling stir in bulgur. Cover and simmer about 15 minutes or until bulgur is soft. All the broth should be absorbed. Fluff the bulgur with a fork as you would rice and add to your recipe. I have used beef, pork, turkey and chicken with great results too. *See NOTE for freezing, make ahead and left over tips*
- 1 lb lean ground turkey or 1 lb ground beef, have all worked well or 1 lb ground pork or 1 cup bulgur (2.5 cups cooked, also known as cracked wheat) or 1 lb ground chicken, have all worked well
- 1 medium onion
- 1 garlic clove, minced, more if desired
- 2 cups cheddar cheese, shredded
- 1⁄2 cup sour cream
- 1 medium cabbage, chopped
- 1⁄2 cup unseasoned breadcrumbs
- salt and pepper
- Brown meat, onion and garlic until meat is no longer pink and onion has turned clear.
- Drain grease from pan and discard.
- Add cabbage and cover.
- Cook until cabbage is clear.
- Add cheese and sour cream mixing well.
- Pour all into greased casserole and top with bread crumbs.
- Bake at 375 for 40 minutes.
- *NOTE: to freeze- make ahead or re-heat left overs: compliments of Chef Marie Alice:* I froze half of this when I originally made it. This freezes excellently and if anything tastes even better after! I reheated it by melting a little butter in a skillet and then crumbling the partially thawed casserole into it, cooking and stirring until it was heated through.
I was cleaning out the fridge and had a LOT of cabbage and some sour cream, so I found this recipe. Based on all the comments that it was a bit bland, I doubled the onions, tripled the garlic, added some red pepper flakes with the garlic, added sliced fresh mushrooms and some smoked paprika with the cabbage. Also used manchego and Romano cheese, instead of cheddar, because that was what I had. Turned out great! Even better the second day. In fact, it didn't last 24 hours in our house.
We really enjoyed this! We used ground pork, which we browned just a little with garlic and then threw in a crockpot with the other ingredients. I added more garlic, and also added some onion powder and garlic salt. It cooked on low for about 7 hours (I stirred intermittently) and then I topped it with the breadcrumbs, fried onions, and a little more cheese and broiled the whole crockpot in the oven for about 5 minutes. I felt it was a lacking some kind of seasoning or herb but didn't know what; nonetheless I loved it!
very easy and inexpensive. I may try adding bacon in the mix next time. Maybe some french fried onions on top too. Otherwise if you like cabbage this one has great flavor without any additions.