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Sarmale (Stuffed Cabbage or Vine Leaves)

Sarmale (Stuffed Cabbage or Vine Leaves)

  • Prep

    1 h
  • Cook

    45 m
  • Ready In

    1 h 45 m
RodicaG

RodicaG

This recipe is a very traditional Moldovan recipe. My mother and my grandmother used to cook it at almost every Moldovan holy day and sometimes on a casual day. I love it! If you cannot find parsley root, you may substitute parsnip or turnip.

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  • Calories:
  • 917 kcal
  • 46%
  • Fat:
  • 21.3 g
  • 33%
  • Carbs:
  • 126.5g
  • 41%
  • Protein:
  • 54 g
  • 108%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 104 mg
  • 35%
  • Sodium:
  • 353 mg
  • 14%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

Directions

  1. Place rice in a medium bowl, and pour boiling water over it. Let soak for 15 minutes, then drain.
  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.
  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.
  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.
  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.
  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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thonia7
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thonia7

12/21/2005

Great recipe! This recipe goes great served with sour cream. As a variation and for added flavor, when cooking it, use half water and half borsch (Romanian and maybe Russian stores offer it..., a sour delicate-flavored liquid). If not available, you can add a Tbsp of lemon juice. I grew up making and eating "sarmale".

David
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David

6/23/2006

Great Romanian recipie. Top it with sour cream while on your plate.

WENDIGOWILD
11

WENDIGOWILD

6/24/2005

Good Sarmale recipe, I use vegeta when parlsey root is unavailable.

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