Photo: Jennifer Causey; Styling: Claire Spollen
Hands-on Time
35 Mins
Total Time
1 Hour 20 Mins
Serves 6 (serving size: 2 rolls)

Fresh dill brightens the flavor and color of this recipe. For convenience, you can assemble the dish and refrigerate up to one day before serving.

How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat oven to 350°.

Step 2

Cook whole head of cabbage in a large pot of boiling water for 2 minutes. Cool slightly. Remove softened outer leaves, keeping them whole; reserve leaves. Return cabbage head to pot, and repeat procedure to get 12 leaves. Finely chop remaining cabbage.

Step 3

Heat a large skillet over medium-low heat. Add 1 tablespoon oil. Add onion; cook 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Increase heat to medium-high. Add 2 cups chopped cabbage, carrot, and garlic; sauté 4 minutes. Remove from heat; cool slightly.

Step 4

Finely grate 2 ounces cheese. Combine grated cheese, rice, 1/4 cup dill, lemon rind, salt, pepper, beef, egg, and chopped cabbage mixture; stir gently.

Step 5

Combine remaining 2 tablespoons oil and strained tomatoes, stirring with a whisk. Spread 1 cup tomato mixture evenly in bottom of a 13 x 9-inch baking dish. Shave the rib of each cabbage leaf with a paring knife or vegetable peeler so it lays flat. Place 1/2 cup meat mixture in the center of each cabbage leaf. Starting at the core end, roll into a tight log, tucking in sides as you go. Place roll in baking dish, seam side down. Repeat with remaining leaves and filling. Top with remaining tomato mixture. Cover dish with foil; bake at 350° for 45 minutes. Uncover; shave remaining Parmesan cheese over top, and sprinkle with remaining 1 tablespoon dill.

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Ratings & Reviews

We Loved The Cabbage Rolls

September 20, 2015
This recipe has become a family favorite.  I agree with this first review the recipe by itself it bland, however I incorporated seasoning while cooking from the very beginning and it came out delicious!  I would suggest for flavor to use chicken broth for the rice and cabbage.  Also you can use garlic salt and pepper for the meat to provide the flavor you desire. 

Bland and boring

September 11, 2015
I love cabbage rolls and have fond memories of my German grandmother making them for me as a kid. This recipe is a total flop, however. It's almost completely flavorless, aside from the overpowering tomato sauce that has absolutely no seasoning. You could find a better cabbage roll recipe almost anywhere.