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Gefullt Krautroladen (Stuffed Cabbage Rolls)
Category: Ethnic Cuisine
1 1/2 cup Brown Rice
3 cups Water
2 teaspoons Salt
1 teaspoon Dillseed
1/2 teaspoon Marjoram
3/4 teaspoons Pepper
2 1/2 cups Onion; Chopped
5 tablespoons Vegetable Oil
1/2 teaspoon Paprika
2 each Garlic; Cloves, Minced
2 each Eggs; Large, Slightly Beaten
1/4 cup Bread Crumbs
1/2 cup Parsley; Fresh, Minced
2 1/2 pounds Cabbage
1 per serving Cheesecloth; About 6 ft.
2 1/2 cups Tomatoes; Canned, Chopped
1/2 cup Vermouth; Dry
1/2 cup Beef Broth
2 tablespoons Tomato Paste
1/2 teaspoon Sugar
In a medium bowl cover brown rice with hot water and soak for 3 hours. Drain. In a 2-quart saucepan combine rice, 3 cups water, and 1 1/2 tsp salt. Simmer covered for 40 minutes or until the liquid is absorbed. Add the dillseed, marjoram, and 1/2 tsp pepper.
In a large skillet saute 1 1/2 cups chopped onion in 3 Tbsp hot vegetable oil until soft, about 6 to 8 minutes. Add paprika and garlic, continue cooking and stirring for 2 minutes. Stir in the rice mixture, eggs, bread crumbs, and parsley. Adjust seasonings to taste.
Core cabbage and, in a large pot, blanch the cabbage cored-side-down in boiling salted water for 5 minutes or until it is softened. Drain. Remove 12 leaves and cut off one fourth of each leaf from the base. Arrange 1 leaf curved-side down on a square of dampened cheesecloth and place 3 Tbsp of rice mixture in the center. Wrap the leaf around the filling and twist the corners of the cheesecloth to form the leaf into a roll. Continue making rolls with remaining filling.
Chop remaining cabbage to make 3 cups and, in a large frying pan, saute with 1 cup chopped onions and 2 Tbsp vegetable oil until soft. Add tomatoes, vermouth, broth, tomato paste, sugar, 1/2 tsp p salt and 1/4 tsp pepper. Simmer the mixture for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Adjust seasonings. Transfer cabbage-tomato sauce mixture to a large baking dish. Arrange the cabbage rolls close together in one layer on the sauce. Spoon some of the mixture over the rolls.
Bake at 325 degrees F for 1 1/2 hours. Baste rolls 4 to 5 times during cooking. Let the dish cool. Cover and refrigerate overnight. Remove cheesecloth. Heat in preheated 350 degree oven for 30 minutes before serving.