Turkey-Stuffed Cabbage with Marinara


1 head Napa / Savoy cabbage

Turkey Filling:

1 lb ground turkey meat

2 spicy turkey sausage – meat removed from casing

1/4 lb chicken liver

2 eggs

1/3 cup ground flax seeds

1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

3 tablespoons chopped fresh oregano

Marinara Sauce:

6 large carrots, peeled and chopped

1 yellow onion, chopped

4 stalks celery, chopped

4 cloves garlic

28 oz can of stewed tomatoes or marinara sauce

~2 cups chicken stock

3 fresh or dry bay leaves

1 tablespoon fresh or dry rosemary

4 cloves garlic

~2 tablespoons olive oil

salt & pepper



In a food processor, finely mince carrots, onion, celery and garlic. Transfer into a deep sauté pan with olive oil and sauté for about 15 minutes, until wilted and slightly carmelized. Add stewed tomatoes through a food mill or jar of basic marinara sauce. Add chicken stock. Add bay leaves, rosemary and salt & pepper, stir and simmer for another 15 minutes.



Boil about 10 whole cabbage leaves with the core stems removed in salted water with a splash of white wine for about 5 minutes, then remove and dunk into a salted ice bath. Mix the turkey stuffing ingredients in a bowl. Scoop a large dollop into each cabbage leaf and wrap like a burrito.



Remove bay leaves, then lay stuffed cabbage leaves into the bed of marinara sauce and cover, cooking on low heat for about 25 minutes.  This is a hearty meat main that goes well with a blend of white and wild rice on the side. If you don’t like the taste of liver, you can leave that ingredient out. I find it adds a nice earthy flavor and lots of nutrition too.



facebook comments:


  • March 28, 2012 - 11:07 pm | Permalink

    that’s awesome! I just got a bunch of cabbage from the community garden:


    and had not decided what I was going to do with them!

    • samara
      March 28, 2012 - 11:09 pm | Permalink

      awesome – put that cabbage to use :) hope you enjoy the recipe!

  • March 29, 2012 - 1:46 am | Permalink

    You all must try this recipe! The tomato sauce is ridiculous. The meat combo is amazing. If you are not a fan of liver – which is very good for you – give this a try. You don’t taste the liver at all.

  • March 29, 2012 - 2:35 am | Permalink

    Stuffed cabbage recipe sounds awesome – gonna try it soon.


  • Sara
    March 29, 2012 - 6:42 pm | Permalink

    This looks delish! Can’t wait to make it… Thanks Samara Rose!

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