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Chou Farci

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Ingredients
  Cabbage leaves 8 Large
  Onion 1 , peeled and sliced
  Carrot 1 , peeled and sliced
  Bacon (streaky) rashers 2 , rinded and diced
  Bay leaf 1
  Stock 1⁄2 Pint (300 Milliliter)
  Arrowroot 1 Teaspoon
For stuffing
  Oil 2 Tablespoon
  Garlic 2 Clove (10 gm), peeled and crushed
  Onion 1 Large, peeled and finely chopped
  Onion 1 Large, peeled, finely chopped
  Lean minced beef 12 Ounce (350 Gram)
  Tomatoes 14 Ounce, drained, juice reserved (1 Can, 400 Grams)
  Green peppers/Red peppers 3 Ounce, cored, seeded and diced (75 Gram)
  Canned tomatoes 14 Ounce, drained, juice reserved (400 Gram)
  Salt To Taste
  Freshly ground black pepper To Taste
  Grated nutmeg 1 Pinch
  Fresh white breadcrumbs 3 Tablespoon
Directions

1. Place the cabbage leaves in a pan of boiling water for 2-3 minutes. Drain and refresh under cold running water. Dry each leaf and cut out the thick stalk.
2. To make the stuffing, heat the oil in a pan, add the garlic and onion and cook until soft but not coloured. Add the mince and continue cooking over a high heat until the meat has changed colour.
3. Add the peppers, tomatoes, salt, pepper and nutmeg and simmer gently for about 30 minutes until the mince is tender and the mixture is quite dry. Stir in the breadcrumbs. Adjust seasoning.
4. Place a portion of the mixture on each cabbage leaf and fold up to form a parcel. Tie with thin string.
5. Place the sliced onion, carrot and bacon in the bottom of a casserole. Place the cabbage on top.
6. Heat the stock and reserved tomato juice together and pour over the cabbage. Add salt, pepper and bay leaf. Cover with greaseproof paper and a lid. Place in a preheated oven and cook for 45 minutes-1 hour.
7. Remove the cabbage parcels, drain well on paper towels and remove string. Arrange in a serving dish.
8. Remove the bay leaf and strain the cooking liquor into a clean pan. Dissolve the arrowroot with a little water, add to the pan and bring to the boil, stirring. Adjust seasoning. Pour over the cabbage and serve hot.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Medium
Cuisine: 
French
Course: 
Main Dish
Method: 
Simmering
Ingredient: 
Bacon
Preparation Time: 
30 Minutes
Cook Time: 
40 Minutes
Ready In: 
70 Minutes
Servings: 
4

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