Can we all agree that Diners Drive-Ins & Dives is an amazing show with its only flaw being the overly loud and obnoxious bleach-blonde starfish of a host? I super love that show. I seriously love going to a local “hole in the wall” restaurant that no one has heard of to have whatever dish they call their own. It is an experience that feeds my soul.
Any waze, my friends and I made the grandiose journey to Arlington, TX last Fall to see Coldplay in concert. That is a really inconsequential part of the story however, I just wanted you to be aware I saw Coldplay in concert. It was awesome and Chris Martin is a gem.
There’s a particular restaurant in Arlington that was featured on “DDD” (as the kids call it) and we decided it try it. It is an Eastern European restaurant called Taste of Europe and let me tell you something little girl:
If you find yourself thinking, “Eastern European food sounds disgusting, weird and you’re wrong.” Well, you’re wrong for thinking that and everyone in your life probably thinks you’re wrong all the time now. Your whole integrity has now been sacrificed by your fallacies. You've now made your bed and I wish you a pleasant night's sleep.
Any waze, I had their cabbage rolls and they probably changed my life. Since then, I’ve made several attempts at perfecting this recipe and buh-blam. I did it. So, you’re welcome!
Added Bonus: This recipe is Paleo & Gluten-Free AF.
European Cabbage Rolls
1 Head of Cabbage
1 lb. Italian Sausage
1 Tbsp. Extra-Virgin Olive-Oil
1 Medium Yellow Onion, diced
2 Tbsp. Minced Garlic
1 Tbsp. Smoked Paprika
1 Tbsp. Italian Seasoning
Crushed Red Pepper, to taste
Salt & Pepper
2 Tbsp. Coconut Flour
¼ Cup Almond Meal
Remove the core from the head of cabbage and boil in a pot of water until the leaves are tender, about 10 minutes at a rolling boil. If you're a visual learner, watch this silly video.
Sauté the onion, garlic and spices over medium heat with EVOO until translucent and tender. When they're done, remove them from the heat and throw them in a large mixing bowl.
When the veggies have cooled, mix thoroughly with the sausage, eggs, coconut flour and almond meal. It’s important that you use your hands for this part because that’s what they do on TV and you want to be just like people on TV. If the filling looks dry, add a little EVOO.
Take about two small “meatball” size balls of filling and roll them inside a leaf of cabbage. If you have a cookie dough scoop, it is actually perfect for this. The main goal is just making all the rolls are a similar size. Choose your own adventure. You’re competent and beautiful.
When you’ve rolled all of your filling, spread a thin layer of marinara in the bottom of a non-stick 9x11 baking dish. Arrange the cabbage rolls in a single layer and cover completely with the rest of your marinara. Honestly, you can use a jar of premade marinara or you can make your own. SRSLY. Choose your own adventure. Live your truth. Let your freak flag fly.
Cover with foil and bake at 375 for 45 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches about 160 degrees.
You’re welcome! This recipe has easily because my favorite and it tastes even BETTER as leftovers.