Turkey Cabbage Rolls


This is my version of cabbage rolls using ground turkey instead of ground beef. This dish freezes well, so you can have half for dinner and freeze the other half for another time. Mashed potatoes make a good side dish.

Original recipe makes 8 servings


1 cup water
1/2 cup uncooked long grain white rice
16 large cabbage leaves
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 pound ground turkey
1/3 cup chopped onion
1 egg, beaten
1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce
2/3 (6 ounce) can tomato paste
1 cup water
3 tablespoons brown sugar
2 teaspoons lemon juice
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
2 cups baby carrots, sliced lengthwise

  • PREP

    25 mins

  • COOK

    1 hr 20 mins


    1 hr 45 mins


  1. In a pot, bring 1 cup water and rice to a boil. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for 20 minutes.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Butter a 9×13 inch casserole dish.
  3. Bring a large pot of water to boil. Reduce heat to low and place cabbage leaves in pot. Simmer 4 to 5 minutes, until tender. Drain leaves and set aside.
  4. Heat oil in a skillet over medium heat and cook turkey and onion until turkey is brown and onion is tender. Transfer turkey and onion to a bowl, cool slightly, and mix in cooked rice, egg and 1 can tomato sauce. Season with salt and pepper.
  5. In a separate bowl, mix 1 can tomato sauce, tomato paste, water, brown sugar, lemon juice and Worcestershire sauce.
  6. Scatter carrot slices evenly over bottom of casserole dish. Spread cabbage leaves on a flat surface and place about 2 tablespoons turkey mixture in the center of each leaf. Fold edges of leaves over filling, then roll into logs. Place cabbage rolls seam side down in dish over carrots. Pour sauce evenly over rolls.
  7. Cover and bake 1 hour in the preheated oven. Remove cover during last 10 minutes of cook time. Allow to sit 5 minutes before serving.


Calories: 245 kcal
Carbohydrates: 28.1 g
Cholesterol: 71 mg
Fat: 9.1 g
Fiber: 4.3 g
Protein: 14.1 g
Sodium: 660 mg