Dirty Rice Stuffed Cabbage
photo by Bay Laurel
- Ready In:
- 1hr 10mins
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 1 large onion, chopped
- 1 (28 ounce) can tomato sauce
- 1⁄4 cup brown sugar
- 1⁄4 cup apple cider vinegar
- kosher salt
- black pepper, freshly ground
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
- 1⁄2 lb pork sausage, casing removed
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 large onion, chopped
- 2 stalks celery, chopped
- 1 medium green bell pepper, chopped
- 1⁄2 tablespoon basil
- 1⁄2 tablespoon italian seasoning
- kosher salt
- fresh ground black pepper
- 1 cup chicken broth
- 1⁄4 teaspoon cayenne
- 2 cups cooked rice
- 1⁄4 cup fresh parsley leaves, chopped
- 1 head cabbage, leaves separated
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
- Saute the onion in oil in a heavy-bottomed saucepan over medium-high heat, until softened.
- Stir in the tomato sauce, brown sugar, apple cider vinegar, salt and pepper.
- Let simmer for 15 minutes.
- Heat the oil in a heavy-bottomed saute pan over medium-high heat.
- Add the pork and brown.
- Once browned, add the garlic, onion, celery, and green bell pepper.
- Cook until softened, about 5 minutes.
- Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
- Add the chicken broth, italian seasoning,basil, and cayenne.
- Stir in the cooked rice and parsley, mixing thoroughly and letting the broth reduce until there is no moisture left in the pan.
- Taste and season with salt and pepper, if necessary.
- In a large pot of boiling salted water, over medium heat, add the cabbage leaves and cook until tender, about 5 minutes.
- Drain and rinse with cold water.
- Lay a cabbage leaf out on a flat surface and add 1/4 cup of the dirty rice into the center.
- Fold both the sides into the center and the top and bottom over the center. Roll into a cylinder and repeat with the remaining leaves.
- Pour a 1/2-inch layer of sauce into a 13 by 9-inch casserole dish.
- Arrange the cabbage rolls, seam sides down, on top of the sauce.
- Pour the remaining sauce over the stuffed cabbage and cover with foil. Bake in the preheated oven for 40 minutes.
- Remove from the oven and serve.
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