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Rice-Stuffed Cabbage Leaves

Yield 12 servings (serving size: 1 cabbage roll and 1/3 cup sauce)
Although this dish is considered an appetizer, you could also serve them as a side dish.

Ingredients

  • 12 large green cabbage leaves
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 cups thinly sliced leek
  • 1 1/2 cups finely chopped celery
  • 1 cup finely chopped carrot
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 cup uncooked basmati rice
  • 1 2/3 cups low-salt chicken broth, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon fennel seeds, crushed
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups chopped onion
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 (28-ounce) can plum tomatoes, undrained and chopped
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped pimento-stuffed green olives
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • Cooking spray

Nutrition Information

  • calories 137
  • caloriesfromfat 14 %
  • fat 2.2 g
  • satfat 0.4 g
  • monofat 1.2 g
  • polyfat 0.4 g
  • protein 3.9 g
  • carbohydrate 26.9 g
  • fiber 3.9 g
  • cholesterol 0.0 mg
  • iron 2.4 mg
  • sodium 383 mg
  • calcium 89 mg

How to Make It

  1. Steam cabbage leaves, covered, 3 minutes; set aside.

  2. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add leek, celery, carrot, and garlic; sauté 7 minutes. Add rice, 1 cup broth, and fennel seeds; cover and cook 7 minutes or until the liquid is nearly absorbed. Combine the rice mixture, 2 tablespoons parsley, and 1/2 teaspoon salt in a bowl; toss well, and set the rice mixture aside.

  3. Add 1/3 cup broth to skillet; place over medium heat until hot. Add onion; cook 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add remaining 1/3 cup chicken broth, parsley, and next 5 ingredients (parsley through tomatoes); bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 10 minutes. Remove from heat; stir in olives and pepper. Set sauce aside.

  4. Preheat oven to 400°.

  5. Spoon 1/3 cup rice mixture onto each cabbage leaf, and roll up jelly-roll fashion. Place cabbage rolls in a 13 x 9-inch baking dish coated with cooking spray. Spoon sauce over cabbage rolls. Cover and bake at 400° for 1 hour.