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Spiced Cabbage Rolls - No. 31 Kleindeutsch Bavaria

Spiced Cabbage Rolls

  • 1 large head of green cabbage

  • 1 lb ground beef

  • 1 lb ground pork

  • 1 cup cooked rice

  • 1 large onion, finely chopped

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 2 tsp Kleindeutsch Bavaria spice blend

  • 1 tsp salt

  • 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper

  • 2 cups beef broth

  • 1 tbsp flour

  • 2 tbsp butter


  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Carefully remove the outer leaves of the cabbage head and blanch them in boiling water for 2-3 minutes, until softened. Drain and set aside.

  2. In a large bowl, combine the ground beef, ground pork, cooked rice, chopped onion, minced garlic, Kleindeutsch Bavaria spice blend, salt, and pepper. Mix well.

  3. Lay a blanched cabbage leaf flat on a work surface. Place about 1/4 cup of the meat mixture in the center of the leaf. Fold the sides of the leaf inwards, then roll up to enclose the filling. Repeat with the remaining cabbage leaves and filling.

  4. In a large skillet or Dutch oven, arrange the cabbage rolls seam-side down. Pour the beef broth over the rolls, making sure they are mostly submerged.

  5. Bring the broth to a boil, then reduce the heat to low and simmer, covered, for 1-1.5 hours, or until the cabbage rolls are cooked through and tender.

  6. Carefully remove the cabbage rolls from the skillet and keep them warm. In a small saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Stir in the flour and cook for 1-2 minutes until a roux forms.

  7. Gradually whisk in the liquid remaining in the skillet with the cabbage rolls, stirring constantly to avoid lumps. Cook for a few minutes until the sauce thickens.

Title: Discover the Flavors of Germany with Spiced Cabbage Rolls

As you explore the world of culinary delights, you may stumble upon a historical gem that speaks to both your taste buds and your sense of adventure. Today, we're taking a trip to Germany to uncover a delicious, recipe that has stood the test of time: Spiced Cabbage Rolls (Kohlrouladen). This comforting dish combines hearty ingredients and fragrant spices, making it a perfect choice for those looking to indulge in a true German experience.

The Charm of German Cooking:

Germany underwent significant social and industrial changes, leading to a transformation in the country's cuisine. While traditional dishes like sauerbraten and potato dumplings remained popular, new ingredients and cooking techniques began to emerge, enhancing the flavors and textures of German dishes. The Spiced Cabbage Rolls recipe we're featuring here is a prime example of this culinary evolution, as it pairs the classic combination of cabbage and meat with a flavorful spice blend that brings the dish to life.

The Spices that Make the Difference:

The heart of this recipe lies in the Kleindeutsch Bavaria spice blend, a mix of bay leaf, garlic, mustard, rosemary, sage, and thyme. The combination of these spices lends a depth of flavor to the dish, making it a truly memorable experience for your taste buds.

A Dish Worth Trying:

Spiced Cabbage Rolls are not only rich in flavor but also quite versatile. They can be served as a main course or a side dish, depending on the occasion. Accompanied by traditional German sides like boiled potatoes, sauerkraut, or spaetzle, this dish becomes a satisfying, hearty meal that will transport you straight to the cobblestone streets of Germany.

Inspire Others with Your Culinary Adventure:

By trying this Spiced Cabbage Rolls recipe, you'll not only expand your culinary horizons but also inspire others to embark on their own journey of gastronomic discovery. Sharing your experience with friends and family is an excellent way to encourage them to try new dishes and explore the rich world of historical recipes. So, grab your apron, gather your ingredients, and get ready to dive into the delectable world of German cuisine with these irresistible Spiced Cabbage Rolls.

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