A Krautwickel or Cabbage Roll is a traditional German home cooked meal. You can add rice, but I like mine with potatoes. It’s a true German comfort meal
The other weekend I took advantage of the “man-is-not-at-home hour” and made my mothers cabbage wraps – and really celebrated it! Winter vegetables arouse little enthusiasm in men. And that’s expressed nicely. So on that Saturday I treated myself to this classic. Leaf by leaf filled with spiced minced meat and tied into small packs. Yes, admittedly, at the end I still had a lot of cabbage wraps left over. But the good thing about it, they can be frozen. Perfect for lazy weekends when I feel like eating hearty home cooked meal.
Instant Pot recipe: Sear the filled cabbage rolls in the Instant pot. Remove, add 2 cups beef broth or water and a beef cube, 2 tbsp tomato puree and onions. Place the cabbage rolls on a trivet. Close the top and turn on high pressure for 13 minutes with 5 minutes slow release. Open lid, season, and thicken the gravy with the sear function, press cancel and add some cream and white wine, salt and pepper.
Options: Instead tying the stuffed cabbage with kitchen yarn, it could be squeezed in a clean cotton towel to keep the form. Instead of pan frying, the stuffed cabbage (wrapped in bacon) can be baked in the oven with the broth at 375F for about 45 minutes.
Bring a big pot of water to boil, turn on medium.
Cut out the root cone, discard
Add the whole cabbage to the hot water and cook 5 to 10 minutes, remove.
Peel the softened leaves carefully.
Leaves should come off easy.
Mix the ground beef and pork with the first 9 ingredients.
Take two or more softened leaves, lay the meat mixture on top, roll it and tie with kitchen yarn
Heat a pan with oil on high and fry the Krautwickel until they get color and a few brown spots.
Add a half minced onion, fry to golden.
Pour in the beef broth, add beef cube and tomato puree, stir and cover.
Cook on low/medium heat for 30 minutes.
If you like it thicker, mix some flour and cornstarch with water and combine to the sauce with a whisk.
Bring it to a boil to thicken.
Add 1/2 cup of whole cream, or 1 tbsp sour cream.
Season gravy to taste with salt pepper and some white wine.
Remove and place on a hot serving plate.
Can be served with mashed or boiled Potatoes.
If you are using the Instant Pot: 2 cups water, 1, onion, 1/2 cup wine. place cabbage rolls on a trivet. Close top and high pressure for 13 minutes with 5 minutes slow release. Prepare gravy.