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passover stuffed cabbage roll recipe jewish Sukkoth
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Passover Stuffed Cabbage Rolls

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A Passover twist on a simple, classic dish.

  • Total Time: 2 hours 50 minutes
  • Yield: 15 rolls



For the rolls:

  • 1 head of green cabbage
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 heaping cup leftover mashed potatoes
  • 1 small onion, grated
  • 1 egg
  • salt and pepper, to taste

For the sauce:

  • 2 (15 oz) cans tomato sauce
  • 1 Granny Smith apple, peeled and grated
  • 1 large tomato, finely chopped
  • cup sugar
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • salt and pepper, to taste


  1. Place the cabbage in the freezer overnight (about 12 hours). Remove and place in a colander in the sink to defrost. This makes the cabbage pliable for rolling and stuffing.
  2. Remove the outer leaves of the cabbage and discard. Peel the remaining large leaves, taking care not to tear the cabbage as you go. Set the whole leaves aside and chop up the remaining cabbage for later.
  3. In a bowl, combine the ground beef, potatoes, onion, egg, salt and pepper. Set aside.
  4. Set up a stuffing station with your whole cabbage leaves and ground beef mixture. With a paring knife, trim the thick part of the stem off the base of the leaves, taking care not to cut through the rest of the leaf. Place the leaves upright so that they are curling upward like a bowl.
  5. Place a small handful of filling towards the base of each leaf and fold over the leaf from the left side. Roll the cabbage leaf up and using your finger, stuff the loose end of the leaf inward, pushing it into the center. Rolling the cabbage this way ensures that they hold together nicely during cooking.
  6. Continue with remaining leaves. If you have any leftover filling, simply roll them into meatballs to place in the pot alongside the cabbage rolls.
  7. Place the stuffed cabbage rolls in a large pot and cover with sauce ingredients. If you had any leftover cabbage or meatballs, add them to the pot as well.
  8. Bring the sauce to a gentle boil over medium heat and reduce to a simmer. Cover the pot, leaving it slightly open so that the steam does not force the cabbage rolls to open. Cook for approximately 2-2 1/2 hours, until cabbage is tender and sauce has thickened.


Place the cabbage in the freezer overnight (about 12 hours) before making this dish, to make it pliable for rolling and stuffing.

  • Author: Chanie Apfelbaum
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Category: Entree
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: Basics