Cabbage rolls

Traditional Russian dish – cabbage rolls.

Ingredients:

  • 0,5 kg minced meat (beef)
  • 1 cabbage head
  • 1 carrot
  • 1 small onion
  • 1/2 cup rice
  • 2 tbsp ketchup/tomato paste
  • 0,5 liter broth
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • salt
  • ground black pepper

Method:

  1. In a big pot, bring water to a boil, add 2 tsp of salt. Put a knife in a middle of a cabbage head and put it for two minutes in boiling water. When you take a cabbage head from pot, you will be able to cut a few first leafs with the help of another knife very easily without damaging them. Then repeat this procedure (put again in water for 2 minutes and so on) as much times as you need to cut enough leafs for cooking  (about 15-20 pieces).
  2. In a stew pan, saute skinned chopped onion and shredded carrot with olive oil.
  3. In a bowl, mix sauted vegetables, minced meat, rice, ketchup, salt and pepper.
  4. In a middle of each leaf, put about 1 tbsp of a mixture, wrap it in a roll and put each  roll in a deep sauce pan.
  5. Pour the broth enough to be slightly above the rolls and stew them under the cover for about 40 minutes.

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