Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Cabbage Leaves Stuffed with Hazelnuts and Sprouted Lentils

This last Saturday we bought a gorgeous cabbage from the farmer's market. I was seriously excited about it because it still had its outer leaves on it. They don't sell cabbages like that at WinCo. I decided to make some cabbage rolls in the crockpot since we had a busy day running errands and later attending my pattern drafting class I'm taking Monday nights.

I was influenced by Jennifer McCaan's recipe but altered it to use ingredients I had on hand. So here we go!


  • 1 cup raw hazelnuts, chopped
  • 1 cup sprouted lentils, chopped
  • 3/4 cup oat bran
  • 1/4 cup bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 tsp marjoram
  • 1/4 tsp thyme
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 2 Tbsp soy sauce
  • water to moisten
  • cabbage leaves for stuffing (Go to Jennifer's recipe to read how to prepare the leaves.)
  • tomato sauce (I used leftover spaghetti sauce from a can. High class, I know.)
Mix everything but the cabbage leaves and tomato sauce together. Add just enough water to create a mixture that will stick together when pressed. Create stuffing logs that will fit comfortably into your cabbage leaves, leaving about an inch on each side of the leaf to tuck in, like a burrito.

Spray your crockpot with oil and put one or two tablespoons of tomato sauce on the bottom. Put in your cabbage packages seam side down.

So pretty!

Spoon you tomato sauce over your cabbage rolls. Cook on low for 4-5 hours, until filling is cooked through. Enjoy eating these, because they're mighty scrumptious.

What I would do differently next time is add cooked rice, which I didn't do this time because I didn't want to go to the trouble to prepare the rice. Also, I think some sauteed garlic and onions and other veggies would be quite at home in this. I wish I had Dijon mustard to add, because dang that would have been good. I think throwing some sauerkraut in the pot around the rolls would be divine. Basically I don't think you could do these a wrong way.

Rolling is easy but a little time consuming, especially with trying to get the leaves off the cabbage head in one piece and blanching them. To save on time I might try shredding my cabbage and mix it with half the tomato sauce. Then I would put down a layer of cabbage, a layer of filling, and then another layer of cabbage. Top it with more tomato sauce, cook it, and serve it like a casserole.

And that it for this. Have a great night, I'm going to go snuggle in bed with the family.


  1. sounds yummy! I have a cabbage in the fridge i have to use...might have to try this out (as a casserole since that sounds easier!)

  2. PATTERN DRAFTING CLASS!! aaaaah! I'm so jealous!!

  3. Jillyn, tell me how it turns out.

    Caroline, I KNOW! I'm so excited, I'll have to blog about it. Right now we're learning pattern manipulation of the bodice and sleeves, Pattern Drafting II will be using measurements to create a sloper and more pattern manipulation. I want to post about my progress here.

  4. Well, can't try it now. Turns out Iris also doesn't like cabbage :(