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Palestinian-Style Stuffed Savoy Cabbage Rolls

Easy and delicious Palestinian stuffed cabbage rolls with blanched savoy cabbage and seasoned beef in a flavorful sauce is a great make-ahead weeknight meal or for a special gathering.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Palestinian
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Servings 4 - 6
Calories 509kcal
Author Jas



For the cabbage rolls

  • 1 medium savoy cabbage
  • 1 pound ground beef lamb, veal or a combination
  • 1 egg
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1 tomato quartered
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 teaspoon Seven Spice blend or see how to make your own in the post

For the sauce

  • 2 cups beef or vegetable broth or water
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon Seven Spice blend
  • 1 teaspoon salt or more if using water
  • 2 teaspoons black pepper

For the garnish (optional)

  • 1 large potato sliced
  • 2 tomatoes sliced


For the cabbage rolls:

  • Discard the outer, dark green leaves from the savoy cabbage and then remove 8 leaves. Blanch the leaves in boiling salted water for 2-3 minutes, and then transfer to ice-water. Place leaves on paper towels and pat dry. Remove the hard core with a sharp paring knife.
  • Put 1 pound ground beef into a large mixing bowl and set aside. In a small skillet, sauté 1 chopped onion with 1 tablespoon olive oil. Transfer onions into a food processor. Add 1/2 cup breadcrumbs, 1 quartered tomato, 1/4 cup chopped parsley, and 1 teaspoon Seven Spice blend; process to a coarse consistency.
  • Pour the mixture over the meat in the bowl, add one egg and mix gently together with your hands until evenly distributed (avoid over mixing).
  • Divide the mixture into 8 portions. On a clean work surface, place one savoy cabbage leaf, vein side up, and place one portion of the meat in the center. Gently shape into a round patty and fold the sides of the leaves around it.
  • Repeat with the remaining meat and leaves. Place the cabbage rolls into a large iron skillet or a baking dish. If using, arrange the potato and tomato slices upright between the rolls.
  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.

For the sauce:

  • In a small bowl or a cup, combine the 2 cups broth or water with 2 tablespoons tomato paste, 1tablespoon olive oil, 1 teaspoon Seven Spice blend, one teaspoon salt, and 2 teaspoons black pepper. Pour the sauce over the cabbage rolls, cover with aluminum foil and bake in the oven for 30 minutes. Remove the foil and return to the oven for 15 minutes or until potatoes have started to brown (if using).
  • Remove from the oven and serve with Kurdish rice pilaf, vermicelli rice, or mashed potatoes.


  • You don't have to sauté onions (use raw), but sautéd onions add more flavor!
  • Don't blanch the leaves longer than two minutes. You just want them to be pliable, otherwise, they will tear easily. They will finish cooking in the oven.
  • You can cook more than eight leaves and make smaller portions or have a backup if some of the leaves break apart.
  • To keep the rolls the same size, you might have to overlap two smaller leaves before wrapping them around the meat patty.
  • Serve the rolls with a dollop of yogurt or sour cream.
  • If your skillet or baking dish is small, arrange the cabbage rolls upright at the slight angle to fit.


Calories: 509kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 30g | Fat: 32g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 121mg | Sodium: 911mg | Potassium: 975mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 1622IU | Vitamin C: 29mg | Calcium: 95mg | Iron: 6mg