Cabbage Rolls from Leftovers use your meal from last night to make a whole new meal. Delicious cabbage rolls made from whatever delicious meal you made.
I’m always looking for quick meals I can make with leftovers.
This Cabbage Rolls recipe came about on just such a night.
I had tons of leftovers in the refrigerator but not enough of any one thing to make a whole meal out of it.
Don’t you hate that?
I had to grab a head of cabbage from the store, but the rest of it was all stuff that was in my refrigerator.
Leftover beef from taco’s over the weekend, leftover rice from a beef tip meal a few nights before.
The rest of what I used to make it into a meal, came from stuff I always have on hand (onions, garlic).
We love traditional cabbage rolls, but these are a great substitute when you don’t feel like all the fuss.
This is NOT a traditional cabbage roll recipe in any regard, and can be made without leftovers by simply following the recipe below.
You can also stuff the cabbage rolls with just about anything you want.
Think shredded chicken or pork, ground beef, steak, shrimp, fish, veggies – you name it, the possibilites are endless because of how ridiculously easy this recipe is.
In fact, this really is just a jumping off ground for you to make them the way your family enjoys!
What fillings should I use for cabbage rolls?
Since we are talking about leftovers, you can use almost anything that sounds good to you and your family. But here are a few suggestions:
- Leftover Rotisserie Chicken
- Shredded or Crumbled Beef
- Sliced Fish Fillets or Shrimp or any other seafood
- Bacon or chopped pork chops
- Veggies – pretty much any veggies
- Rice or Ramen Noodles stuff nicely inside
- Fresh herbs you need to use up
Tips for Using Leftovers in Cabbage Rolls
Slice and/or Chop – Anything you decide to put into a cabbage roll will do better if it is chopped into smaller pieces, sliced thin or shredded.
Get Creative – Have a bag of chopped spinach or corn in your freezer? Add that to the filling! (it works with almost anything)
No Carbs? – No Problem – Skip the rice/noodles and add something else.
Recipe for Cabbage Rolls with Leftovers
Cabbage Rolls from Leftovers
- 1 head of cabbage
- leftover or 1/2 lb lean ground beef
- ½ onion
- minced garlic
- 2 cups of cooked rice
- seasonings and sauces for flavor see recipe
To Prepare the Cabbage:
- Some people slice the ends off the cabbage and boil the whole thing. I did that the first time (for these pictures), but have since found that removing the leaves you want to use is MUCH easier and works better.
- So – remove the # of leaves you need. We did 8. Drop the cabbage leaves into boiling salted water; cover and cook for 15-20 minutes or until soft. Drain well.
- Allow to cool before trying to roll up the filling.
To Prepare the Filling:
- In a saucepan on the stove, saute the 2 Tbs. olive oil, onion, garlic with the ground beef.
- Combine the beef mixture with the cooked rice. I added some dashes of Worcestershire sauce, soy sauce and pepper. Divide into 8 portions.
To Make Cabbage Rolls:
- Spoon the portions of rice/beef mixture into the center of each cabbage leaf and roll up. Roll the leaf around the filling. If you need to, you can use a toothpick to hold it closed.
- Notes: We chose to eat our first batch as soon as we got to this point, but many enjoy baking them in tomato sauce. We've done that a few times too, but each time I do it differently. Here is a standard method.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Place the rolled cabbage rolls into a baking dish side by side.
- Pour tomato sauce and 1/2 cup of water into the baking dish. Spread around the cabbage rolls.
- Bake for 30-45 minutes.