Foodie Friday: Venison Stuffed Cabbage Rolls

These venison-stuffed cabbage rolls from Stacy Harris, author of Happy Healthy Family, sound outstanding for a new dish to try!

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Venison Stuffed Cabbage Rolls


  • 12 cabbage leaves
  • Olive oil, for sautéing and drizzling



  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, smashed
  • 1 1/2 pound ground venison
  • 1 Tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 cup cooked rice
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 Tablespoons Kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/2 cup milk



  • 1 1/2 quarts crushed tomatoes
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 Tablespoons sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons lemon juice
  • 3 Tablespoons flour mixed with 1/4 cup water


1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2.  For the sauce,  heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in a saucepan.  Sauté garlic for about 1 minute.  Add tomatoes, sugar, lemon juice and flour mixture to the pan and mix  well.  Heat until the mixture thickens and turn off the heat.

3.  For the filling, place a skillet over medium heat and coat with 2 tablespoons of olive oil.  Add the onions and garlic and sauté for about 5 minutes or until the onions are translucent.  Add the tomato paste and mix well.

4.  In a large bowl, place ground venison, tomato mixture, rice, eggs, salt, pepper, basil, oregano and milk.  Mix well.

5.  Choose the largest cabbage leaves from your cabbage head.  In a large stockpot bring water to a boil.  Drop cabbage leaves into the water and cook for about 3-5 minutes or until pliable.  Remove leaves from the pot and drain well. Place a about 1/4     cup of sauce on the bottom of a baking dish.  Place about 1/2 cup venison mixture into the center of the cabbage roll and roll the cabbage leaf from what was the stem over the mixture and enclose the mixture.  Place the cabbage roll seam side down in   the baking dish repeating with the other cabbage leaves.  Place the cabbage rolls side by side in the dish.  Drizzle 2 to 3 tablespoons over the rolls.

5.  Pour the sauce over the cabbage rolls.  Place the cabbage rolls in the oven for about 1 hour or until meat is cooked through.

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