Though typically thought of as an Eastern European dish, cabbage rolls can actually be found in several cuisines, Louis says. She adopts a Far East approach here, using soy sauce, ginger, sesame, and broken jasmine rice. Broken rice is exactly what it sounds like--fragments of rice grains. Look for it in Asian markets, or use standard jasmine rice.

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Recipe Summary

15 mins
1 hr 15 mins
Serves 6 (serving size: 2 cabbage rolls and about 1 tbsp. dressing)




Instructions Checklist
  • To prepare the dressing, combine first 10 ingredients in a bowl, stirring with a whisk. Let stand at room temperature 1 hour.

  • Preheat oven to 375°F.

  • To prepare the cabbage rolls, bring 8 cups water and 3/4 teaspoon salt to a boil in a large stockpot. Add cabbage leaves; cook 3 minutes or until leaves are very tender. Drain; plunge leaves into a bowl filled with ice water. Let stand 2 minutes; drain and pat dry. Remove center rib of each leaf with a paring knife.

  • Combine remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon oil, rice, and next 5 ingredients (through pork) in a large bowl. Divide and shape pork mixture into 12 oval-shaped meatballs, each about the width of a cabbage leaf. Place 1 cabbage leaf on a work surface with the stem end facing toward you. Place 1 meatball in center of leaf. Fold sides of leaf over filling; roll up. Place, seam side down, in an 11- x 7-inch glass or ceramic baking dish. Repeat procedure with remaining cabbage leaves and meatballs.

  • Combine remaining 1/2 teaspoon oil, stock, and fish sauce in a glass measure; pour over cabbage rolls in dish. Cover with foil; bake at 375°F for 45 minutes. Remove foil; bake at 375°F for 15 minutes, basting cabbage rolls with pan juices every 5 minutes. Arrange cabbage rolls on a platter; spoon remaining pan juices over top. Serve with dressing.

Nutrition Facts

355 calories; fat 17g; saturated fat 6g; protein 18g; carbohydrates 32g; fiber 2g; sodium 644mg; sugars 4g.