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Beef Cabbage Rolls Recipe

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Cinnamon adds a unique, slightly sweet taste to these stuffed cabbage rolls. Serve with a side of broccoli for a delectable meal. — Taste of Home Test Kitchen
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 65 min.
MAKES:4 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 65 min.
MAKES: 4 servings


  • 1/3 cup uncooked brown rice
  • 1 medium head cabbage
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 egg whites
  • 3 tablespoons dried currants
  • 2 tablespoons pine nuts
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 pound lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • 2 cans (8 ounces each) no-salt-added tomato sauce
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme

Nutritional Facts

2 cabbage rolls equals 335 calories, 10 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 53 mg cholesterol, 198 mg sodium, 39 g carbohydrate, 4 g fiber, 22 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2-1/2 starch, 2 lean meat 1/2 fat.


  1. Cook rice according to package directions.
  2. Meanwhile, cook cabbage in boiling water just until outer leaves pull away easily from head. Set aside 8 large leaves for rolls. Refrigerate remaining cabbage for another use. Cut out the thick vein from the bottom of each reserved leaf, making a V-shaped cut.
  3. In a small nonstick skillet coated with cooking spray, saute onion until tender. In a large bowl, combine the rice, onion, egg whites, currants, pine nuts, lemon juice, oregano, pepper, salt and cinnamon. Crumble beef over mixture and mix well.
  4. Place about 1/3 cup beef mixture on each cabbage leaf. Fold in sides, beginning from the cut end. Roll up completely to enclose filling. Place seam side down in a 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish coated with cooking spray. Combine the tomato sauce, brown sugar and thyme; pour over rolls.
  5. Cover and bake at 350° for 1 hour or until cabbage is tender and a meat thermometer reads 160°. Uncover; bake 5-10 minutes longer or until sauce reaches desired consistency. Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as Beef Cabbage Rolls in Healthy Cooking February/March 2010, p14

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Reviewed Jan. 14, 2011

"I made these cabbage rolls for my husband and I, and we both loved them! The spices add such a unique flavor, and the combination of sweet and tangy is just right. My mother in law was looking for a cabbage roll recipe as well to try on a Polish friend who claimed his halupkis were the best. He agreed that this recipe won, hands down."

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