Saturday, November 21, 2009

Unrolled Rolls

Deliberate deliciousness.
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.


kudzu said...

Ha. My first recipe for stuffed cabbage (from a college friend) includes instant rice -- canned tomatoes (no soup). Raisins and onions and ground beef. Long time cooking after roll-up. I like
later versions of mine later, and
your new one best of all.

Veggie Gnome said...

Our family's recipe does not include any sauce at all. The stuffed rolls are fried in a little (or a lot, whatever your preferences) butter and oil until browned. Slightly crispy edges are a bonus.

The cabbage's sweetness really shines when it is fried golden brown. :)

Zoomie said...

Snickering at the "flick" and, of course, at Oprah.

dancingmorganmouse said...

It's too hot to even THINK about real food *wilts dramatically* I may not be able to visit for months :(

Greg said...

Never been a fan of cabbage rolls but yours look fabu.

cookiecrumb said...

Kudzu: Oh, right, raisins! Yeah, no thanks. Our homegrown tomato sauce is so sweet and tangy all by itself, we didn't need much seasoning. The spicy sausage helps, yeah. Get a Staub pot! Makes food fun.

VGnome: No sauce. That sounds really good. Buttered and brown. OK, next time. Thanks!

Zoomie: Heh!

Mouse: I know you're getting 30 degrees. What is that in Fahrenheit? I am Celsius illiterate. You need pickles and salads and juices. Poor you.

Greg: Can't imagine why you'd change your mind now. Oh, I do have a theory, though: It would be because all the ingredients we used were very good.

Sweet Bird said...

Hmmm...I didn't think I was hungry. Then I saw this. Now I am most definitely hungry.

dancingmorganmouse said...

we got to 35, 95 in your language, fainting cats, sweaty mice, it was nasty!

cookiecrumb said...

Sweet Bird: Funny how such a dumb dish can get the salivaries pumping. I hope you'll satisfy your lust. The little cabbage circles were Da Bomb.

Mouse: Oh, nononono! That is way too hot. Sweating mice! (I trust Ping is all recovered.) I wish you a caress with cool fingers (I send you mine; you'll just have to fantasize).

dancingmorganmouse said...

Right, I've got my little pots, now come on cool weather!

cookiecrumb said...

Mouse: I'm delighted! I gather you got the cute little ones (in pimiento red, of course, you trollop). I'm awaiting your first use of the babies.