I just love my grandmother’s recipe for stuffed cabbage–the smell of it cooking just says ‘High Holidays’ to me. Because I have vegetarians at my table every year (my daughter and sil), I always make a batch that is purely vegetarian. It’s really the Ginger Snaps, not the meat, that gives it a special flavor anyway. This year, I decided to eliminate a step and make my veggie cabbage a little differently and it turned out really well. This recipe makes about 16 rolls depending on how large or small you make them.
Hint: The texture of the filling very much depends on the brand of veggie meat you choose. Some of them are very sticky (Gimme Lean) and need no bread crumbs or egg. They just need the onions, pepper and water to loosen up the mixture. On the other hand, some of the brands (Lightlife) are grainy and actually crumble. They need the egg and crumbs to tie them together. Both types of meat result in delicious Veggie Stuffed Cabbage. You just have to treat them differently. For this recipe, I used Lightlife.
Prep time: 30 minutes
Vegetarian Stuffed Cabbage
By December 18, 2013Published:
- 16 cabbage rolls
- 12 Ounces Veggie Meat
- 1 large Onion half minced, half sliced
- 1 Teaspoon Black Pepper
- 1 large egg beaten
- 1/2 cup Non-dairy Unflavored Breadcrumbs
- 1/3 Cup Water Use more if necessary to loosen meat
- 1 large tomato cored and sliced
- 4-5 Ounces Non-Dairy Ginger Snaps finely ground
- 2/3 cup Dark Brown Sugar firmly packed
- 1 large Lemon Juiced
- 4 Cups Veggie broth
- large pot large enough to hold cabbage
- 13x9x2 baking dish
- Trim root end of cabbage and cut a large X in it. Pull off loose outside leaves. Place cabbage in pot and cover 3/4 of it water. Bring to a boil and boil about 20 minutes. Lift cabbage out of hot water and place in colander. Run cold water over it to cool it off. Peel back as many leaves as you can. Return cabbage to water and boil again for about 15 minutes so you can peal back more leaves. Drain the leaves very well. You will probably have a small piece of cabbage left that hasn't been softened. Save that for another recipe: soup, cole slaw...
- Mix veggie crumbles, minced onion, pepper, egg, crumbs and water together with your hands. For a more dense filling, place the mixture in the bowl of a processor with the steel knife inserted and pulse a few times. The mixture will tighten .
- Scatter sliced onions and any leftover cabbage on bottom of baking dish. Shape veggie mixture lightly into logs and roll them in par boiled cabbage leaves. Arrange cabbage rolls on top of the sliced onions. Place thinly sliced tomato on top of rolls.
- Preheat oven to: 375°F. Mix veggie broth with ground cookies, brown sugar and lemon juice. Taste. Add more sugar or lemon if needed. Pour over cabbage rolls and place in preheated oven.
- Bake cabbage rolls about 1-1/2 hours basting every 15 min. until they are browned and glazed. Serve hot.
Note: Although you mix the cookie crumbs with the broth etc., some of the crumbs may clump as you baste the cabbage rolls. Don't worry! There's nothing wrong with having small pieces of cookie crunch on your stuffed cabbage! Enjoy
- For freezing: Cool completely and divide into smaller pans depending on how many you need for each dinner. Be sure to label!