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Unstuffed Sweet-And-Sour Cabbage

Unstuffed Sweet-And-Sour Cabbage

Serving Size:Serves 4


  • 1 (2 pound) head green cabbage, quartered lengthwise and cored
  • 1/2 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 3 garlic cloves, thinly sliced, divided
  • 1 large onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 Tablespoon Brennan's Cellars Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1/2 lb ground beef chuck
  • 1/2 lb ground pork
  • 1 (28 ounce) can whole tomatoes in juice
  • 1/3 cup dried cranberries
  • 3 Tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon packed dark brown sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons chopped flat leaf parsley



No time to stuff cabbage. Who does? Get the same great flavor with this easy recipe. You can also substitute ground turkey or mild Italian sausage for the ground pork and beef. Pair with steamed rice.


Place cabbage in a deep 12-inch heavy skillet with broth, 1 garlic clove (sliced), and a rounded ¼ teaspoon salt. Bring to a simmer over medium heat, then cook, covered, turning cabbage occasionally, until very tender, about 45 minutes. (Add more broth or water if necessary).

Meanwhile, cook onion and remaining garlic in oil in a heavy medium pot over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until golden, about 8 minutes. Increase heat to medium-high and stir in ground meats along with ½ teaspoon salt and pepper. Cook, stirring and breaking up lumps with a wooden spoon, until no longer pick, about 3 minutes.

Stir tomatoes with their juice, cranberries, vinegar, and brown sugar and simmer, uncovered, stirring occasionally and breaking up tomatoes with spoon, until slightly thickened, about 20 minutes. Season with salt. 

Pour sauce into skillet with cabbage and simmer uncovered, 5 minutes. Serve sprinkled with parsley.
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