Cabbage rolls sauce

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Cabbage rolls, a comfort food staple across many cultures from Eastern Europe to parts of Asia, are traditionally made by wrapping meat and rice in cabbage leaves, then baking or simmering them in a savory sauce. The history of cabbage rolls can be traced back to ancient times, and the sauce used varies from region to region, with some preferring a tomato-based sauce while others opt for a creamy, sour cream-based one. The sauce not only adds moisture but also enriches the flavor of the cabbage rolls, making them a hearty and satisfying dish. Today, we’ll focus on a rich tomato and sour cream sauce for stewing cabbage rolls, offering a tangy and creamy dimension to the dish.

Serves: +10
  • Tomato sauce 500 g
  • Sour cream 200 g
  • Beef or chicken broth 500 ml
  • Onion, finely chopped 100 g
  • Garlic cloves, minced 20 g
  • Olive oil 30 g
  • Paprika 5 g
  • Salt 5 g
  • Black pepper 2 g
  • Sugar 5 g
  • Fresh dill, finely chopped 20 g
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  • In a large saucepan, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the chopped onion and minced garlic, sautéing until they are soft and translucent, about 5 minutes.
  • Stir in the tomato sauce and broth to the saucepan. Bring the mixture to a simmer.
  • Add paprika, salt, black pepper, and sugar (if using). Stir well to combine all the ingredients.
  • Lower the heat and gently whisk in the sour cream until the sauce is smooth and evenly combined. Avoid boiling after adding the sour cream to prevent curdling.
  • Add the prepared cabbage rolls to the sauce. Cover and simmer gently for about 1-2 hours, depending on the size of your cabbage rolls, until they are fully cooked and tender.

Storage Tips

The sauce (without the cabbage rolls) can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days or frozen for up to 3 months. Reheat gently, adding a little water or broth if the sauce has thickened too much during storage.

Useful Properties of the Main Ingredient

Tomatoes, the base of the sauce, are rich in vitamin C, potassium, folate, and vitamin K. They are also a great source of antioxidants, including lycopene, which has been linked to reduced risk of heart disease and cancer. Sour cream adds a touch of calcium and protein, making this sauce not only delicious but also nutritious.

Interesting Facts

  • The tradition of using sour cream in sauces dates back centuries in Eastern Europe, serving as a way to add richness and tanginess to dishes.
  • Cabbage rolls are known by many names around the world, including “golubtsy” in Russia, “sarmale” in Romania, and “holubtsi” in Ukraine.
  • The use of tomato sauce in cabbage roll sauces is a relatively modern adaptation, reflecting the global integration of the tomato into cuisines worldwide after the Columbian Exchange.

This cabbage rolls sauce, with its combination of tomato tanginess and the creamy depth of sour cream, provides a comforting and flavorful accompaniment to the hearty rolls. It’s a testament to the dish’s ability to adapt and change, absorbing influences from different culinary traditions while remaining a beloved comfort food.

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