Aromatic Middle Eastern Keto-Stuffed Cabbage Casserole

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Middle Eastern Stuffed Cabbage Leaves
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Are you looking for a new and exciting dish to add to your recipe repertoire? Look no further than Middle Eastern keto-stuffed cabbage casserole! With a perfect blend of tender cabbage leaves, flavorful meat, and aromatic spices, this traditional Middle Eastern dish is sure to impress. Additionally, with our step-by-step guide, you can easily create this delicious meal in the comfort of your own home. So, get ready to transport your taste buds with this stuffed cabbage leaves recipe!

It was a hot summer day in Las Vegas when my family and I stumbled upon a Middle Eastern restaurant. The sound of live music and the promise of a belly dance performance drew us in. The atmosphere was festive and vibrant, and we were excited to try the cuisine. While we were looking through the menu, we noticed a dish that piqued our interest – Middle Eastern keto-stuffed cabbage casserole. This dish filled me with joy as I try to eat low-car meals as much as possible. It was a traditional dish, made with a combination of cauliflower rice and meat, wrapped in tender cabbage leaves.

We placed our order and eagerly awaited the arrival of our meal. As we savored each bite, the depth of flavors and the perfect balance of spices amazed us. The dish was a harmonious combination of tender cabbage leaves, flavorful meat, and aromatic spices.

During the meal, I couldn’t resist the urge to ask the young Syrian guy who was serving us for the recipe. He smiled and said, “We do not share this recipe with customers.”. However, I persisted, telling him how much I loved the dish and how I would cherish the recipe. To my surprise, he agreed to share the recipe with me.

The recipe required some specific ingredients, such as a very large cabbage or two medium ones, cauliflower rice, ground beef or lamb (or a mix of both), 7-spice, cinnamon, black pepper, regular olive oil, tomato concentrate, garlic, water, salt, lemon, and dried mint. The cabbage leaves need to be blanched and then filled with the cauliflower rice and meat mixture, before being cooked in a pot with tomato concentrate, garlic, and water, along with a dash of pomegranate molasses and dried mint for added flavor.

This dish is a versatile one that can be served as a main dish or a side dish. It pairs well with a variety of Middle Eastern dishes, such as tabbouleh, and baba ganoush. You can also serve it with a side of a salad of mixed greens and tomatoes. To add some crunch, you can sprinkle some toasted pine nuts on top or garnish with fresh parsley.

Middle Eastern keto-stuffed cabbage casserole is a hearty and flavorful dish that can be served as a main course or as a side dish. Here are some ideas for what you can serve with this delicious dish:

Keto Tabbouleh Salad: The traditional Middle Eastern salad of Tabbouleh comprises parsley, tomatoes, onions, and bulgur wheat. It pairs well with the stuffed cabbage leaves and adds a fresh and tangy flavor to the meal.

Keto Baba Ganoush: Baba Ganoush is a popular Middle Eastern dip made with roasted eggplant, tahini, garlic, and lemon juice. It can be served alongside the stuffed cabbage leaves as a tasty appetizer or side dish.

Roasted Vegetables: Serve the stuffed cabbage leaves with a side of roasted vegetables, such as zucchini, eggplant, and bell peppers, for a healthy and balanced meal.

Greek Salad: A Greek salad, made with fresh cucumbers, tomatoes, feta cheese, and olives, can be a delicious accompaniment to the stuffed cabbage leaves. The crisp and refreshing flavors of the salad complement the rich and savory flavors of the dish.

Here is how I created this dish at home.

Ingredients:

  • 1 piece of large cabbage or 2 medium-sized ones
  • 300 grams of ground beef or lamb, or a combination of both
  • 1 big cauliflower head, finely chopped (cauliflower rice)
  • 1/2 teaspoon of seven spice
  • 1/2 tablespoon of salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon of black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon of tomato concentrate
  • 2 cups of water, plus 2 teaspoons of salt, and 1 lemon
  • 1/4 cup of regular olive oil
  • 1 peeled bulb of garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon of dried mint
  • Boiling water for blanching

How to create Middle Eastern keto-stuffed cabbage casserole?

Middle Eastern stuffed cabbage leaves

  1. Separating the cabbage leaves slowly and carefully, ensuring not to rip them, take batches at a time and add them into a pot of boiling water.
  2. Simmer the blend for about 5 minutes until the ingredients become soft, and then set aside.
  3. When the leaves have cooled, cut off the thick stems and distribute them at the bottom of the pot. Subsequently, tear each large leaf into halves – making sure that each piece does not exceed your hand size.
  4. Combine ground meat, cauliflower rice, 7-spice, black pepper, cinnamon, tomato concentrate, salt, and ¼ cup regular olive oil in a mixing bowl. Mix well and place on the table.
  5. On a large plate, spread out a cabbage leaf as flat as possible.
  6. Start with the stuffing, around two tablespoons should do. Shape it into a cigar shape at the bottom of the cabbage leaf. Finally, just roll it up and your stuffed cabbage is ready to go!
  7. Spread the slices of roughly chopped garlic throughout the cabbage rolls as you peel an entire bulb.
  8. Mix together 2 cups of water, 2 tsp of salt, and the juice from a whole lemon to create a brine.
  9. Once the rolling of the cabbage leaves is complete, put a heatproof plate on top and add the brine water to it.
  10. Bring the brine water to a boil on high heat for 20 minutes. Determine if the lemon and salt levels need adjustment by tasting the liquid.
  11. Once the plate has been removed, reduce the heat to medium-low and add a drizzle of olive oil and pomegranate molasses. Lastly, a pinch of dried mint should be added. This will round off the ingredients, creating a complex and interesting flavor.
  12. Cover the skillet, and simmer for another hour until the cabbage leaves are tender. Be sure to try your Middle Eastern stuffed cabbage leaf before turning off the heat.

Thank you for reading about the Middle Eastern keto-stuffed cabbage casserole recipe and the story behind it. I hope you found the recipe and serving suggestions helpful and that it inspires you to try this delicious dish at home. Remember, cooking is not just about the food but also about the memories and experiences that come with it. So, have fun in the kitchen, experiment with flavors, and create your own culinary memories!

By the way, stuffed cabbage can be a perfect side dish of keto meatballs.
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