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Loose Savoy Cabbage Rolls

Don’t be wrinkling your nose at cabbage ~ it's one of the most misunderstood vegetables!  

Cabbage was popular with the ancient Romans and Greeks.  For medicinal purposes, early Romans blended lard with the ashes of burnt cabbage to make an ointment for disinfecting wounds.  It is rich in nutrition and fiber and an outstanding source of Vitamins A, C, E and B.   

Even more amazing is that cabbage is known for a specialized, naturally occurring, nitrogenous compound known as indoles.  Current research points out that indoles can lower the risk of various forms of cancer.  And it’s low in calories!

There are many types of cabbage and this time I took a walk on the wild side and used the yellowish-green ruffled, lacy leaves of pretty Savoy cabbage.  Bill and I are big fans of cabbage rolls and I make them occasionally but this recipe for loose cabbage rolls is quicker and just as delicious.  Instead of cooking the head of cabbage, pealing off and stuffing the leaves, the cabbage is sliced, combined with the remaining ingredients and baked in a casserole dish.

I hope you give this a try! 

Loose Savoy Cabbage Rolls 

1 pound extra lean ground beef
1 onion, chopped
3 garlic cloves, chopped
1 small bell pepper, chopped
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
¾ cup long grain rice
1o ounce can sliced mushrooms, drained
2 (14 ounce) cans stewed tomatoes
1 medium head Savoy or green cabbage, sliced
Salt and pepper to taste


Brown meat, onion, garlic and peppers in a large skillet until meat is cooked.
Blend in Worcestershire sauce, rice, mushrooms and tomatoes.
Season with salt and pepper.
Layer sliced cabbage and meat mixture in a large baking dish.
Cover and bake at 350 for 1 hour or until cabbage is tende
and tomato liquid is absorbed.
Serves 4 


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  1. I would never wrinkle my nose at cabbage. This looks delightful. Thanks for sharing.


  2. I love cabbage and any recipe that makes a traditional recipe easier, is one I am going to have to try!

  3. This will be perfect to make up for my lunches at work, I get so tired of sandwiches. thanks!

  4. I love this Pam look really nice, gloria

  5. This looks wonderful and filling, yum. I have to try cabbage.

  6. I love cabbages, there is always a head of cabbage in my fridge each week. I use it for noodles and stir-fries, love it! Your cabbage rolls looks wonderful, I have never tried them baked before, sounds really delicious! Have a lovely weekend, Pam!

  7. Hi Pam,
    So nice to have you viisit me; I love your recipes and I kind of lost you on my radar.
    I know this recipe is good because I also make it, but I call mine Lazy Lady Cabbage Rolls and i used tomato soup instead of tomatoes; will try that next time.

  8. Now this looks like a cabbage dish I would eat. Love the "homeyness of it". Thanks for sharing.

  9. Ficou maravilhosa esta receita, adorei. Já está tudo anotado. Abraços, Marta.

  10. Delicious! I love cabbage, this looks like a mighty tasty dish!

  11. I love cabbage! This dish is unique and delicious!

  12. I only wrinkle up my nose at having to stuff and roll those leaves--now I won't have to. I will most certainly do this one. We love cabbage!


  13. Savoy cabbage would be so much easier to work with and delicious too!!!

  14. Great labor saving idea. Of the cabbages Napa savoy are my favorites. I find their flavors gentle.

  15. this looks tasty I agree we all need to eat more cabbage

  16. Now how did ya know I was doin' that nose wrinkle thang when I read the word 'cabbage'? I have to admit I took a second look at this 'cause it looks delicious. I may break my cabbage fast for this one!!! Mmmmmm, it does look wonderful!

    God bless and have a glorious day! :o)

  17. I love cabbage and this looks delicious.

  18. Savoy cabbage is on my list of favorite super foods! This looks absolutely delicious and I will make this for sure! Thanks for sharing this delightful recipe! Cheers!!!

  19. oh my gosh, i can't wait to make this! i love cabbage rolls.

  20. I make a similar dish that uses brown sugar and tomato soup. I am posting a copy for you. I will make your recipe tomorrow.

    Lazy Cabbage Casserole (Inside Out Cabbage Rolls)

    1 pound ground beef
    1 medium onion, chopped
    1-can condensed Tomato Soup
    1 soup can water
    3 tablespoons uncooked regular rice (could use Minute Rice)
    2 cups chopped cabbage
    2-3 tablespoons brown sugar (taste the sauce, you may want to add a little more brown sugar)
    a squirt of lemon juice
    a splash of white vinagar
    Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Generously butter a 9-inch x 13-inch baking dish (could use cooking spray). Place chopped cabbage in the baking dish and set aside.
    In a large skillet, lightly brown the ground beef and onion; drain well. Add uncooked rice, and all remaining ingredients. Mix well and simmer for 10 minutes.
    Pour ground beef mixture over chopped cabbage.

    Cover with allumium foil and bake 1-1/2 hours, or until cabbage and rice are tender.
    Tastes like stuffed cabbage only without all the work.

    I really enjoy your recipes.

  21. I love cabbage but have never made cabbage rolls, loose or not. I need to try them!

  22. Oh Pam... this one sounds comforting and delicious. Love it!

  23. I actually really like cabbage. this sounds wonderful!

  24. I love cabbage now I just wish my family would get on board with it as well. ;) Yum! This recipe look fabulous!

  25. Pam this is a great post. I JUST had this conversation with my sister last week. As usual you're ahead of the game, or at the very least spot on. Thanks for coming to S365, I really do appreciate very much your comments. More later, keri

  26. This sounds yummy, and now I know what I'm going to fix for dinner :)

  27. Pam, this really sounds like a delicious dish. I love cabbage so the recipe is a natural for me. I hope you have a great evening. Blessings...Mary

  28. Pam, It's nice to learn about savoy learn about all the health benefits from eating cabbage. I've always enjoyed savoy cabbage steamed in some water, a drizzle of oil simmered with some garlic and chili flakes for flavour. Now I have a new recipe to try. Your recipe sounds delicious.

  29. I just love cabbage and this dish looks and sounds divine! Thanks for another great recipe!

  30. Thanks so much to all of you! I'm so glad you like cabbage as much as I do. Thanks for your versions of it and your recipe, Ron! I will have to try it your way!

  31. I am a fan of all forms of cabbage! I love the idea of a loose cabbage roll - looks delicious!

  32. I just love your version of this recipe, I have one I make in the crockpot which is similar. Oh and by the way I am passing on to you The Verstile Blogger Award, please go read my post. I hope you enjoy.

  33. This sounds amazing and I am loving it. Thanks again for another wonderful recipe.

  34. I made this tonight after finding it online. It was so yummy and healthy! My family enjoyed it and will for years to come. Thanks for sharing!!


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