Yield: Yields about 30 rolls
These stuffed cabbage rolls (known as lahanodolmades in Greece) are slow-simmered in a slightly sweet, ouzo-infused tomato sauce. Use only short-grain rice in the filling; long-grain rice takes too long to soften.
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I've made this recipe many times and it has become a family favorite! I frequently skip the ouzo and it is still delicious. For the cabbage, I found that boiling the cabbage and peeling the leaves off was quite awkward, tedious and time-consuming. I now use a different technique: I freeze the whole head of cabbage solid, then defrost it by putting it in a pot with 2 inches of water and steaming it. I pull the cabbage out when the outer layers are thawed, then peel the outer leaves off until I reach the cold layers underneath. Then I put the rest of the head back in the pot to steam some more while I stuff the leaves I've already peeled off. I find this process easier and faster than the boiling method. As an added benefit, freezing and steaming the cabbage really help the leaves become pliable while keeping them strong, so they become perfect wrappers: soft and bendable enough to be rolled and folded, but strong enough that they don't rip or tear.
Excellent! I followed the recipe exactly and almost didn't as I didn't have any of the liquor and the only bottle the store had was a large but am soooo glad that I went ahead and purchased it as it made the dish and I will be making this again.
Very good. I tried it tonight, since it is more a cool weather dinner. We added mashed potatoes and a salad with ranch dressing. I liked it a lot - only the sauce is rather thin - next time I will do a little less or will finish it in the oven. (uncovered) or I will ask my Mom, how to incorporate flour to thicken it. Since 'Kohlrouladen' are my favorite dish since childhood, yes I am German, it is a little different but very tasty.
This is an amazing recipe. I followed the recipe to a T, and the results were delicious. As dinner started, all you could hear was mmmmmmmmm. Loved it! It definitely will become a regular at our house.
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