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  • Servings:

    Serves 6 as an appetizer
  • Prep Time:

    60 minutes
  • Cook Time:

    85 minutes


2 teaspoon Salt
1 each Fresh large head of cabbage, 7"
1 1/2 lb Ground beef, 85% lean
1 cup vidalia onions, chopped
1 cup uncooked White rice
1/2 cup Packed finely shredded carrots
1 tablespoon Fresh ginger root, finely minced
2 tablespoon McCormick salt free garlic and herb seasoning
1 teaspoon Paprika
1/2 teaspoon Dried basil
1/2 teaspoon Black pepper, freshly ground
2 tablespoon vegetable oil
2 tablespoon White all purpose flour


1. Bring a large pot of water mixed with first amount of salt to a boil. Trim cabbage of any yellowed leaves. With a sharp paring knife, carefully cut out core. Put cabbage in the hot water; the outer leaves will loosen and soften. Pull them off with tongs and drain in a colander. Remove leaves this way until you get to the baseball-size center (discard).
2. While water is heating, prepare the stuffing: In a large bowl, mix beef, onion, rice, carrot, and ginger. Add McCormick Salt Free Garlic & Herb Seasoning, first amount of paprika, basil, remaining salt, then pepper. Mix well.
3. Place each cabbage leaf one at a time on a cutting surface. Using a sharp knife, shave down protruding thicker vein so it's about even with the rest of the leaf. Place some stuffing, from 1/3 cup for the larger leaves to 2 tablespoons for the smallest, on base of leaf. Fold in sides and roll up filling to enclose it in a firm oblong. Place sarma seam-side down into an 8-quart pot, packing tightly.
4. Pour 5 cups cold water over sarma and bring to boil. Place a heavy plate over sarma to weigh them down, and reduce heat to simmer. Cook covered for about 1 hour, until cabbage is tender. Remove sarma from pot to serving platter with a slotted spoon.
5. Reduce braising liquid over medium high heat to about 1< cups.
6. Meanwhile, in a small pan, heat oil over medium heat. Add flour and cook, stirring constantly, until lightly browned. Stir in remaining paprika. Add a few tablespoons of the cooking liquid, stirring until smooth. Scrape flour mixture into the remaining reduced liquid to make a gravy. Taste and add salt if needed. Pour gravy over sarma and serve immediately, with mashed potatoes. (Mashed potatoes not included in nutritional analysis.)
Source: Hannaford fresh Magazine, November - December 2006


Nutritional Facts
Servings Serves 6
Base Nutrients
Calories 444 kcal (22%)
Calories from Fat 297
Total Fat 33 g (51%)
Saturated Fat 18 g (90%)
Cholesterol 78 mg (26%)
Sodium 870 mg (36%)
Total Carbohydrates 41 g (14%)
Dietary Fiber 10 g (40%)
Protein 34 g (57%)
Vitamin A 2000 IU (6%)
Vitamin C 9 mg (10%)
Calcium 49 mg (4%)
Iron 15 mg (83%)