Nearly a year ago, I posted a recipe for Beef & Feta Cabbage Rolls; my husband loves Savoy cabbage, and so here’s a vegetarian version I made this week. It can be assembled ahead of time, and then baked before serving. It goes well with rice, or potatoes and gravy, and a fruity red wine, or chilled white wine that goes well with cheese.
Vegetarian Savoy Bundles
1 head Savoy Cabbage
1 onion, finely chopped
~500 grams (18 ounces) mixed mushrooms (either fresh or packaged)
1/2 – 1 Cup tomato juice, apple wine, or bouillon of choice – any liquid to help it cook down
Spices to taste – salt, pepper, herbs of choice
200 gr. (7 ounces) grated cheese
breading crumbs for topping
To Prepare the Savoy: Per person, take 2 of the outer leaves (without ripping them, though they’ll still roll if you do rip them) away from the head of cabbage; wash them, and then with a sharp knife, carefully pare away the thick stem area as thin as possible without breaking through. Place 2-3 leaves at a time on a large plate in the microwave, and microwave on high for 1-2 minutes; remove and set aside, repeating for the amount of leaves required. Set aside.
To Prepare the Filling: Meanwhile, finely chop the rest of the head of cabbage, the onions, and slice the mushrooms. In a deep frying pan, with a dash of your favourite oil (I used refined coconut oil), sauté the filling; the cabbage looks like way too much, but it will cook down – just add a bit at a time, and as it cooks down add more. Spice to taste, adding the tomato juice as the filling cooks down. Once the filling is cooked to your taste (you can either leave it a bit crunchy, or cook it thoroughly), set it aside.
To Roll: On the (still warm) pile of Savoy leaves, spoon a spoonful or more of filling into the centre of the top leaf; fold in the sides and then the ends into a “square”, and turn upside down as you place it into a casserole dish. Repeat with the rest of the leaves.
Top with the grated cheese, and then the breading crumbs for a crunchy topping.
Bake at 200°C (400+F) for ~30-45 minutes, until the topping becomes golden brown. In the meantime prepare your side dish of potatoes, rice, gravy, or whatever you choose.