Today, I will share another recipe, the Quinoa And Turkey Stuffed Cabbage Rolls, or the name I like to use, Dolma. It is called Dolma in Azerbaijan, and the neighboring regions. The name comes from the verb dolmag, which translates as to be stuffed. This Quinoa And Turkey Stuffed Cabbage Rolls recipe is one of my many variations of the Dolma.
Traditionally it is made with beef and rice, but preparing it with ground turkey and quinoa doesn’t make it less delicious. The herbs and spices in this recipe make the dish savory and appetizing. The garlic and yogurt dressing compliments the sweetness of the cabbage and completes this dish creating a wonderful aroma. Try it out!
Healthy Quinoa And Turkey Stuffed Cabbage Rolls
TO MAKE THE DOLMA:
- 1 large head cabbage
- 1 pound ground turkey (minced turkey)
- ½ cup quinoa - rinsed
- 2 cups onion - finely chopped
- 1 stalk celery - finely chopped
- 1 large tomato - or 1 cup canned diced (optional)
- ½ cup fresh dill - chopped
- ½ cup cilantro (coriander) - chopped
- 1 tablespoon thyme - chopped or 1 teaspoon dry
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- 1 teaspoon coriander seeds - freshly ground
- ¾ teaspoon ground black pepper - to taste
- ¾ teaspoon salt - to taste
- 2 tablespoons butter - or olive oil
- 8 tablespoons butter - cut into chunks (optional)*
- 4 cups chicken stock (chicken broth or chicken bouillon)
TO MAKE THE DRESSING:
- 1 cup sour cream - or Greek yogurt
- 3 cloves garlic - minced
- 1 pinch salt
- 1 pinch ground black pepper
- In a large bowl, mix the ground turkey, quinoa, 1 cup onion, celery, cilantro, dill, thyme, paprika, pepper and salt. Put it aside.
- In a Dutch oven or large pot, heat the butter. Add the rest of the onion, and simmer on low for 5 to 8 minutes until translucent, then add the tomato. Cover, and simmer for 10 more minutes. Remove from the stovetop, and place it on the work surface within your reach.
- In a large pot, bring water to a boil. With a paring knife, cut out the core of the cabbage, and place the cabbage into the water. As soon as the top layer of the cabbage becomes softer, about 2 minutes, remove it from the pot using tongs or a slotted spoon. Separate the leaves from each other as they blanch to prevent the cabbage from overcooking. Cut the larger leaves into two sections. Remove the ribs. Remove the ribs from the smaller leaves as well.
- Place 1 to 2 tablespoons of the filling on the leaves. Roll it, tucking in the sides. Some of the leaves might not be able to be tucked in on both sides. That’s not a problem; just make sure that the filling is not falling out of that side once you are done rolling.
- Place the stuffed cabbage rolls in rows in the pot on top of the tomato mixture. Place the ribs and remaining cabbage leaves on top of the rolls.
- Place a heatproof plate** over it. Place the butter chunks on top of the dish. Pour the boiling chicken broth and cabbage water onto the plate. It should barely cover the rolls. Cover the pot, and simmer for 45 minutes to 1 hour until the cabbage leaves are softened, and the meat is cooked through.
To Make The Dressing:
- Mix the garlic, salt and yogurt in a small bowl.
- Serve warm with a dollop of the dressing.