Steamed Cabbage Beef Rolls with Sauce

Kathy McGeorge


Blue Ribbon Recipe

These rolls are incredible!  The dish had a hint of an Asian flair to it despite the absence of any traditionally Asian ingredients. Very tasty.  (The tomato sauce would also be good on its own with other dishes as well.) 

Do separate the cabbage leaves under running water as Kathy suggests... That's a great tip that made the process much easier. The Test Kitchen


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1 lb
lean ground beef
1/2 c
chopped onion
1 1/2 c
cooked rice
3 Tbsp
butter, melted
1/2 c
soft bread crumbs
1/4 tsp
sage, ground
1/4 tsp
1/2 tsp
1 dash(es)
ground nutmeg


4 Tbsp
1/2 tsp
chili powder
1/2 tsp
2 Tbsp
2 c
tomato juice

How to Make Steamed Cabbage Beef Rolls with Sauce


  • 1Cut the core from cabbage.
  • 2Under running water, carefully remove about 15 leaves to use for the recipe.
  • 3Have about 2 quarts water boiling; add 1 teaspoon of salt.
  • 4Dip the cabbage leaves in boiling water, 3 at a time, for about 3 minutes.
  • 5Remove with tongs, drain and set aside.
  • 6Mix the meat, onion, cooked rice, butter, bread crumbs, sage, pepper, nutmeg and salt.
  • 7Lay a cabbage leaf on a flat surface.
  • 8Put 2-4 tablespoons of the mixture on each leaf, depending on the leaf size.
  • 9Put the meat near the base of the leaf, fold leaf up and over the meat, turning under the sides.
  • 10This will make about 15 rolls.
  • 11Place the rolls, seam side down, in a greased 2-quart casserole dish.
  • 12Make two layers of the rolls.
  • 13Place this dish on rack over 2 inches of simmering water in wok or large heavy pan with rack.
  • 14Cover pan or wok and steam for 35-40 minutes.
  • 15TOMATO SAUCE: Melt 4 tablespoons butter in a skillet.
  • 16Add the salt, chili powder and the flour.
  • 17Mix to a smooth paste.
  • 18Cook over high heat, stirring constantly, until mixture comes to a boil.
  • 19Remove from heat and slowly stir in the tomato juice.
  • 20Return to heat and cook until it boils and thickens.

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About Steamed Cabbage Beef Rolls with Sauce

Course/Dish: Beef
Main Ingredient: Beef
Regional Style: American
Other Tag: Quick & Easy

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