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Sarmale Stuffed Cabbage or Vine Leaves

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26 Nov 2021

Dinner

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Sarmale is a stuffed cabbage roll. Mamaliga is a type of polenta, served on top or next to sarmale. It is a main dish which is usually cooked for special events, such as Christmas, New Year’s Eve or any other family gathering.

Sarmale Stuffed Cabbage or Vine Leaves

by Phoebe Chat Legaspi

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Ingredients

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Prep Time:

45 Mins

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Cook Time:

1 Hr

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Total Time:

1 Hr 45 Mins

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Servings:

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Category:

Dinner

Directions

Step 1

Step 1 Place rice in a medium bowl, and pour boiling water over it. Let soak for 15 minutes, then drain.

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Step 2

Step 2 Heat 2 tablespoons of oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the carrots, parsley roots, onions and tomato paste. Cook and stir until the vegetables are tender. Transfer the vegetables to the bowl with the rice.

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Step 3

Step 3 Heat 2 more tablespoons of oil in the same skillet over medium-high heat. Add the pork, and cook for about 2 minutes, just until browned on the outside. Transfer to the bowl with the rice and vegetables; season with dill and black pepper. Stir until everything is well blended. Set the mixture aside to cool.

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Step 4

Step 4 Carefully remove the leaves from the head of cabbage, and place them in a large pot with about 2 inches of water. Bring to a boil, and cook for 5 to 10 minutes, until tender and flexible.

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Step 5

Step 5 Remove the cabbage leaves from the pot, but leave enough in the bottom to cover. On each of the remaining leaves, place about 2 tablespoons of the pork and rice mixture in the center, and wrap the leaf around to cover. Place the stuffed cabbage leaves into the pot.

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Step 6

Step 6 When the pot is full, place a few boiled cabbage leaves over the top. Pour boiling water into the pot to cover the cabbage rolls, and place over medium-low heat. Cover, and simmer for about 30 minutes, until the rice is tender.

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