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Cabbage Niño Envuelto

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  • Prep 15 min
  • Total 1 hr 30 min
  • Ingredients 11
  • Servings 4
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The cabbage niño envuelto is a classic dish of cabbage leaves stuffed with ground beef and baked in tomato sauce. This dish, also known as cabbage rolls, a dish that I enjoy from my childhood. My grandmother used to prepare her cabbage niño envuelto at least once a month. I loved it when the comforting scent of baked cabbage greeted me when I got home from school. I always thought my grandmother had spent hours in the kitchen to prepare them, but since I started preparing them for my family I discovered that it is much easier than I thought.
by Leslie Limon
Updated Feb 14, 2017
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  • 6 to 8 green cabbage leaves
  • 1 lb. ground beef or pork
  • 2 tablespoons long grain rice
  • 2 tablespoons oats
  • 1 egg
  • 2 Roma tomatoes, finely chopped
  • 1/2 white onion, finely chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, finely chopped
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 2 cans (8oz.) tomato puree


  • 1
    Heat oven to 375 °F. Remove 6 to 8 leaves from a head of cabbage, make sure to keep the leaves whole.
  • 2
    Soak the leaves in a pot of hot water for 3 to 5 minutes, until the leaves are soft and can be folded easily without breaking. Remove the leaves from the water and let them drain.
  • 3
    Mix ground beef, rice, oats, egg, tomatoes, onion and garlic in a bowl; season with salt and dried oregano.
  • 4
    Place 3 to 4 tablespoons of ground beef stuffing in the center of each leaf.
  • 5
    Roll up the leaves like a burrito.
  • 6
    Arrange the cabbage rolls with the fold down into the pan or baking dish.
  • 7
    Pour the tomato puree on top of the cabbage rolls.
  • 8
    Cover the pan with foil and bake at 375 °F for 45 to 60 minutes. Remove from oven.

Expert Tips

  • tip 1
    You can also prepare these cabbage rolls with chicken, turkey or ground fish.

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