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Lebanese Stuffed Cabbage Rolls

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Ingredients

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1 lb. Ground Beef
1 cup White Rice
1 lb. Beef Stew Cubes or Beef on Bones
1 lg. Green Cabbage
12-16 Clove of Garlic
2 Lemon
2 tsp. 7 Spices
.5 tsp. Black Pepper
.5 tsp. Ground Cinnamon
2 tsp. Salt
1 tb. Vegetable Oil
2 tsp. Dried Mint
Boiling Beef
.5 Small Onion
2 tsp, Salt
.5 tsp. Black Pepper
1 Bay Leaf
5 Cloves

Nutritional Info

412
Calories
11.1g
Fat
4.3g
Sat. Fat
33.5g
Protein
28.2g
Carbs
.6g
Sugar
1,294
Sodium
1.2
Fiber

Lebanese Stuffed Cabbage Rolls

Malfouf Mehshe

Features:
  • Gluten Free
Cuisine:

A traditional Lebanese dish, these garlic and lemon cabbage rolls make a delicious and hearty meal.

  • 2 hrs.
  • Serves 6
  • Medium

Ingredients

  • Boiling Beef

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This Lebanese version of cabbage rolls is just one of many variations served all over the world. It is particularly enjoyed during the colder fall and winter months. The word “Malfouf” actually has 2 meanings in Arabic, “rolled” and “cabbage.” Loads of fresh garlic and lemon juice give these cabbage rolls wonderful flavor. Similar to grape leaves, these cabbage rolls are filled with seasoned ground beef and rice. They are then cooked in a fresh beef broth along with the lemon juice and garlic. Often you will see this dish simmered with beef stew meat with and without bones. But, this is not a required step, you can just make the cabbage rolls and substitute the beef broth with water. I like to make it with the beef, as the beef broth gives it even more flavor.

These rolls do take some time to cook in a deep pot, between an hour to an hour and a half sometimes. So, I decided to use my mom’s shortcut and cook them in a pressure cooker. Once the pressure has built up (about 5-7 minutes) they cook in a short 12 minutes!! So, all in all, the cook time is less than 20 minutes. Since the popular Instant Pot acts as a pressure cooker, they can be cooked in that as well.

Lebanese Stuffed Cabbage Rolls

Lebanese Stuffed Cabbage Rolls

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Lebanese
Prep Time: 1 hour
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 2 hours
Servings: 6
Calories: 412 kcal
Author: Iman

Malfouf Mehshe, a traditional Lebanese dish, these garlic and lemon cabbage rolls make a delicious and hearty meal. 

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Ingredients

  • 1 lb. Ground Beef
  • 1 cup Rice
  • 1 lb. Beef Stew Cubes or Beef on bones
  • 1 lg. Green Cabbage
  • 12-16 Cloves of Garlic
  • 2 Lemons
  • 2 tsp. 7 Spices
  • .5 tsp. Black Pepper
  • .5 tsp. Ground Cinnamon
  • 2 tsp. Salt
  • 1 tb. Vegetable Oil
  • 2 tsp. Dried Mint

Boiling Beef

  • .5 Small Onion
  • 2 tsp. Salt
  • .5 tsp. Black Pepper
  • 1 Bay Leaf
  • 5 Cloves

Instructions

  1. Heat up 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil in the pressure cooker. Add beef cubes and sprinkle 1 teaspoon of salt. Cook for 5 minutes on medium-high heat, until seared on all sides. Add about 5-6 cups of water, onion, salt, pepper, bay leaf and cloves. Seal the pressure cooker and cook on high heat. As soon as the pressure cooker begins to steam and whistle, lower the heat to medium and set a timer for 25 minutes. Once it is done, turn off the heat and let the steam escape naturally. 

  2. Heat up a large pot of water. Prepare your cabbage by removing the outer loose or damaged leaves. Place the cabbage in the salted water. Let boil for 5 minutes until tender. Using a knife, cut around the core of the cabbage until it comes out fully. This will help the cabbage leaves loosen easier. One by one, remove the blanched cabbage leaves and place them in a colander. 

  3. Wash the rice in cold water until the water runs clear. Combine the ground beef, washed rice, 7 spices, cinnamon, black pepper and 1 teaspoon of salt. 

  4. Prepare to stuff the cabbage by laying out the cabbage leaves. Using a small knife, shave the thick rib in the middle of each leaf or cut out entirely. Cut the large cabbage leaves in half. 

  5. Place between 1-2 tablespoons of the filling on a cabbage leaf and spread it lengthwise. If you are able to, fold the sides in and roll the cabbage leaf forward. If the sides are not able to fold in the sides, just roll forward. Repeat until you have no filling left. 

  6. Using a mortar and pestle, crush between 8-12 cloves of garlic (depending on their size and your preference.) 

  7. Juice the lemons and combine with the crushed garlic and remaining 1 teaspoon of salt. 

  8. Place any leftover smaller or cut cabbage leaves on the bottom on the pressure cooker. Lay the cooked beef stew or beef with bones on top of the cabbage. Line up the cabbage rolls side by side as tight as possible. Run the layers of the cabbage rolls in opposite directions. In between each layer, sprinkle some dried mint and pour some of the lemon/garlic mixture. Scatter the remaining whole garlic cloves. Repeat until there are no cabbage rolls left. 

  9. Pour the beef broth on top of the cabbage rolls until almost fully covered. Cover the pressure cooker and cook on high heat. Once the pressure cooker begins to steam (about 5-7 minutes), lower the heat to medium and set a timer for 12 minutes. Let steam release naturally once done. 

  10. **If cooking rolls in a regular deep pot, place a small glass plate on top of the rolls and cook on medium heat for 60-75 minutes

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Steps

1
Done

Beef Boiling

Heat up 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil in the pressure cooker. Add beef cubes and sprinkle 1 teaspoon of salt. Cook for 5 minutes on medium-high heat, until seared on all sides. Add about 5-6 cups of water, onion, salt, pepper, bay leaf and cloves. Seal the pressure cooker and cook on high heat. As soon as the pressure cooker begins to steam and whistle, lower the heat to medium and set a timer for 25 minutes. Once it is done, turn off the heat and let the steam escape naturally.

2
Done

Cabbage Prep

Heat up a large pot of water. Prepare your cabbage by removing the outer loose or damaged leaves. Place the cabbage in the salted water. Let boil for 5 minutes until tender.

Using a knife, cut around the core of the cabbage until it comes out fully. This will help the cabbage leaves loosen easier.

One by one, remove the blanched cabbage leaves and place them in a colander.

3
Done

Wash the rice in cold water until the water runs clear.
Combine the ground beef, washed rice, 7 spices, cinnamon, black pepper and 1 teaspoon of salt.

4
Done

Prepare to stuff the cabbage by laying out the cabbage leaves.
Using a small knife, shave the thick rib in the middle of each leaf or cut out entirely.

Cut the large cabbage leaves in half.

5
Done

Place between 1-2 tablespoons of the filling on a cabbage leaf and spread it lengthwise.
If you are able to, fold the sides in and roll the cabbage leaf forward.

If the sides are not able to fold in the sides, just roll forward.
Repeat until you have no filling left.

6
Done

Using a mortar and pestle, crush between 8-12 cloves of garlic (depending on their size and your preference.)

7
Done

Juice the lemons and combine with the crushed garlic and remaining 1 teaspoon of salt.

8
Done

Place any leftover smaller or cut cabbage leaves on the bottom on the pressure cooker.
Lay the cooked beef stew or beef with bones on top of the cabbage.

Line up the cabbage rolls side by side as tight as possible.
Run the layers of the cabbage rolls in opposite directions.

In between each layer, sprinkle some dried mint and pour some of the lemon/garlic mixture. Scatter the remaining whole garlic cloves. Repeat until there are no cabbage rolls left.

9
Done

Pour the beef broth on top of the cabbage rolls until almost fully covered. Cover the pressure cooker and cook on high heat. Once the pressure cooker begins to steam (about 5-7 minutes), lower the heat to medium and set a timer for 12 minutes. Let steam release naturally once done.

*If cooking rolls in a regular deep pot, place a small glass plate on top of the rolls and cook on medium heat for 60-75 minutes.

10
Done

Enjoy!

Iman

Hi! My name is Iman. I am a Lebanese-American foodie currently residing in Philadelphia, PA. I'm here to share my recipes that I have picked up from my mother, aunts, grandmothers, and such! Being born and raised in America, of course a lot of my recipes are American as well.

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