I deconstructed stuffed cabbage rolls. All the ingredients were intact, but the roll-up and the drowning in liquid tomato sauce didn't need to happen.
I remember back in high school when my friend's mom was making a casserole of stuffed cabbage rolls. My mom never made this dish, so i was very interested. My friend's mom helpfully told me that she "slopped" a can of tomato soup over the stuffed rolls. Never mind the verb "slop." It was canned tomato soup that turned me off. Essence of salt and sugar; regardless of the corporate tomatoes.
So, in this case, we cut leaves of cabbage into circles. Cooked an Italian sausage removed from its casing with tomato sauce, onions, a flick of smoked Hungarian paprika, some partly cooked rice. Layered these ingredients in tiny Staub pots, instead of insisting on making nasty leaf packages. Lid on, a tiny addition of water halfway through.
Oh, I liked it so much. I'll probably make it again tomorrow.