Stuffed cabbage leaves

Stuffed cabbage leaves
The French classic "chou farci" is made with large green cabbage leaves which are blanched before being rolled into parcels around a sausage meat and cheese filling, then baked in the oven.
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Last modified on: February 1st 2015

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45 min.2 min.36 min.1 hour 23 min.
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Stage 1 - 5 min.
Stuffed cabbage leaves
Begin by preparing the filling: put 400 g Sausagemeat, 2 Eggs and 100 g grated cheese into a bowl.

Stage 2 - 2 min.
Stuffed cabbage leaves
Mix well.

Bring a large pan of salted water to the boil.

Stage 3 - 5 min.
Stuffed cabbage leaves
Prepare the cabbage leaves (Savoy cabbage in the photo): cut the best of the large, outer leaves from the cabbage and trim off the thickest part of the stalk.

Try to use the biggest leaves you can, slightly curved with as little central stalk as possible (generally rather tough).

Stage 4 - 1 min.
Stuffed cabbage leaves
Plunge a cabbage leaf into the salted boiling water and leave to cook for about 1 minute.

Stage 5 - 2 min.
Stuffed cabbage leaves
Take the cabbage leaf out of the water and plunge into cold water for 2 or 3 minutes.

Stage 6 - 2 min.
Stuffed cabbage leaves
Remove the cabbage leaf from the cold water, drain and dry on a tea-towel.

Prepare all the leaves like this.

Preheat the oven to 390°F (200°C).

Stage 7 - 15 min.
Stuffed cabbage leaves
You can cut out the central leaf stalk if it is too tough or too thick.

Stage 8
Stuffed cabbage leaves
Now stuff the leaves: shape a ball of sausagement in your hand.

Stage 9
Stuffed cabbage leaves
Place this on a cabbage leaf...

Stage 10
Stuffed cabbage leaves
...and roll up.

Stage 11 - 15 min.
Stuffed cabbage leaves
Stuff all the leaves and arrange in large roasting pan or oven-proof dish.

Stage 12 - 1 min.
Stuffed cabbage leaves
Pour 500 ml Vegetable stock into the dish to give a depth of about 1cm.

If you do not have any vegetable stock handy, poultry stock (or a stock cube diluted in water) is fine.

Stage 13 - 35 min.
Stuffed cabbage leaves
Bake in the oven for about 35 minutes. Spoon the stock from the bottom of the dish over the leaves occasionally to keep them moist and do not let them brown too much on the top.

Stage 14
Stuffed cabbage leaves
Serve 2 leaves per person with or without the cooking juices, as you prefer.
You can use minced meat instead of the sausagemeat, but this tends to be a bit drier.

You can also replace 1/4 of the stock with dry white wine.
1 or 2 days in the fridge, covered with plastic film. Freezes very well.
Home made.
Nutritional information
Whole recipe
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
4,433 Kcal or 18,560 Kj416 gr242 gr1,038 gr
222 %160 %23 %157 %
Per 100 g
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
403 Kcal or 1,687 Kj38 gr22 gr94 gr
20 %15 %2 %14 %
Per person
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
554 Kcal or 2,319 Kj52 gr30 gr130 gr
28 %20 %3 %20 %
% are calculated relative to a Recommended Dietary Intake or RDI of 2000 k-calories or 8400 k-joules by day for a woman (change to a man).
Possible allergens in this recipe: Egg, Milk, Sulfites, Celery
How much will it cost?
  • For 8 people : 5.64 €
  • Per person : 0.71 €

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This recipe uses (among others)
Vegetable stockVegetable stock: You can get more informations, or check-out other recipes which use it, for example: Sausages with baked beans, French style, Pork medallions with "full" turnips, Duo of slow-cooked pork, Chinese Soup, Provençal braised carrots, ... All
SausagemeatSausagemeat: You can get more informations, or check-out other recipes which use it, for example:
Grated cheeseGrated cheese: You can get more informations, or check-out other recipes which use it, for example: Stuffed tomatoes and courgettes, Endives , White bean gratin "à l'italienne", Thin endive tart, Grilled ham and bechamel sandwiches, ... All
Green cabbageGreen cabbage: You can get more informations, or check-out other recipes which use it, for example: Smooth mixed vegetable soup, Pan-fried salmon with white cabbage, Bacon and cabbage omelette, Sautéed Pork with Peanuts, Winegrowers' sausage casserole, ... All
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