1 medium/small head of cabbage
3/4 lb ground pork
1 stalk lemongrass
of a nice thickness
3 tsp red pepper
2 tsp ground black pepper
3 tsp garlic
1 tbsp dried minced onions
1 tbsp Old Bay
2 tsp fish sauce
2 tsp salt
Peel and mince
the lemongrass with a knife. Add this to a Cuisinart
with the fish sauce and pulse
three or four times to soften the lemongrass and further chop it.
Place the ground pork in a bowl
and add the lemongrass mixture, red pepper flakes, garlic powder, black pepper, minced onions, Old Bay and salt. Using your hands - yes your hands
, think of it as meatloaf
people - smush
it all around and get it fully incorporated
. Once mixed begin pulling small chunks and rolling it into a ball
shape. Repeat this until all of the mixture is used, putting them back into the bowl and placing them in the refrigerator
until the next step is complete.
First set your oven
to 350 F and begin preheating. Once you know how many balls you have you can remove as many usable whole leaves
of cabbage, plus two just in case. You will steam
these leaves for 5-8 minutes, the aim is to retain flavor
while making the cabbage less tough.
Remove the pork from the refrigerator. Using one leaf to one ball you will roll the pork in the cabbage until it is fully encapsulated
. I used a small baking pan and stacked the cabbage balls in it until full but you can use any deep dish
pan and make a single layer if prefered. Just know that if layered what's on the bottom will be slightly juicier as the flavors from the top layer run through them. Pop in the oven for 25 minutes, turning the top layer halfway through.
Remove from oven and serve, but be careful they're hot
An all me concoction of things I had around the kitchen and my first use of ground pork for a meal. And hey, don't squint at the 'fish sauce' it adds an interesting layer of flavor. Not only did my husband approve but it was equaly as delicious reheated the next night!
Heisenberg tells me my concoction is not original, alas, but very similar to something "called 'kohlrouladen' in Germany. traditional dish from wesphalia"