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Mediterranean Stuffed Cabbage Malfoof

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Malfoof (also stuffed cabbage) is a dish consisting of cooked cabbage leaves wrapped around a variety of fillings. It is common to the peasant cuisines of Europe and the middle east , and has also found popularity in areas of North America settled by Eastern Europeans.
  Cabbage 1 Medium
  Ground beef 1 Pound
  Long grain white rice 1 Cup (16 tbs), rinsed, drained
  Garlic 3 Tablespoon, minced
  Salt 1 Teaspoon
  Black pepper 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Canned tomato sauce 32 Ounce (1 can)
  Dried mint 2 Teaspoon
  Lemon juice 1⁄3 Cup (5.33 tbs)
  Butter 3 Tablespoon

1. Cut out core of cabbage head and put core side down in a pot, add water to cover cabbage and cook on medium heat for about 20-30 minutes for cabbage leaves to separate.
2. Pour off hot water and cover with cool water to stop the cooking of the cabbage leaves, let cool.

3. FOR STUFFING: In a bowl combine rice, meat, salt, black pepper, and 1 tablespoon of garlic.
4. Separate the cabbage leaves and trim down the thick veins in the leaves.
5. In a pot, lay 2 leaves on the bottom of the pot to keep cabbage rolls from sticking.
6. Lay a leaf down flat, place about 2 tablespoon of stuffing in a row and roll leaf tight.
7. Place rolls in the pot in a row, next sprinkle some of the garlic and mint on top and pour about ½ cup of the tomato sauce then repeat the layers.
8. After the last layer, cover the rolls with a dish smaller than the opening of the pot in order to keep the leaves in place.
9. Pour the lemon juice on top and cook on medium heat for about 40-45 minutes. Let stand for 10-15 minutes after cooking.

10. In a serving plate, arrange the stuffed cabbages and serve with yogurt and pita bread.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Preparation Time: 
30 Minutes
Cook Time: 
45 Minutes
Ready In: 
75 Minutes
Here is an outstanding video that shows you how to make Mediterranean stuffed cabbage Malfoof at home. The chef here cooks the stuffed cabbage leaves in a lemony tomato sauce. This dish is very filling, appetizing and satisfying, so just try out and enjoy!

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Nutrition Rank

Nutrition Facts

Serving size

Calories 470 Calories from Fat 239

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 27 g41.2%

Saturated Fat 11.3 g56.7%

Trans Fat 0 g

Cholesterol 69.5 mg23.2%

Sodium 1193.3 mg49.7%

Total Carbohydrates 43 g14.3%

Dietary Fiber 5.6 g22.3%

Sugars 9.5 g

Protein 19 g37.8%

Vitamin A 22.1% Vitamin C 82.9%

Calcium 10.5% Iron 25.3%

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet

1 Comment

tanya3286's picture
This seems to be lovely and easy to prepare recipe.. i guess I can use other meats for the filling right??
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