Sweet and Sour Stuffed Savoy Cabbage Pressure Cooker Recipe

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Sweet And Sour Stuffed Savoy Cabbage Pressure Cooker Recipe


SERVES 6 – Cooker: 5- to 7-quart – Time: 20 minutes at HIGH pressure


  • 1 medium head Savoy cabbage
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • ½ medium onion, finely chopped
  • 3 tablespoons white long-grain rice
  • 5 tablespoons dark raisins
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon ground ginger


  • 1 (28-ounce) can no-salt-added diced or whole tomatoes in juice
  • juice of 1½ to 2 medium lemons, to taste
  • 1½ to 2 tablespoons light brown sugar, to taste
  • sea salt and freshly ground black pepper (optional)


  1. Rinse the head of cabbage by holding it under cool running water
  2. Leaving the cabbage wet, place the entire head in a plastic bag or wrap it in plastic wrap
  3. Microwave it on HIGH power for 5 minutes
  4. Carefully open the bag or the wrap and let it cool while you prepare the meat mixture
  5. Place the meat in a large bowl and gently break it up with a large fork
  6. Add the onion, rice, 2 tablespoons of the raisins, the salt, pepper, and ginger
  7. Mix gently but thoroughly with the fork, taking care not to compact the meat
  8. Shape the meat into 12 meatballs
  9. Keep them somewhat even but don’t worry if they are not all exactly the same size
  10. It will be useful to have some larger ones, some smaller ones, and some in-between ones
  11. When the cabbage is cool enough to handle, carefully peel away the outer leaves one by one, doing your best not to tear them
  12. Stop when you have 12 reasonably intact ones
  13. If the leaves seem stiff as you get near the center, return what is left of the cabbage head to the plastic bag or plastic wrap and microwave it for 2 minutes more
  14. Once you have 12 leaves, you’re ready to start stuffing
  15. Select the largest leaf and place the largest meatball in the lower third of it, centered across the spine of the leaf
  16. Starting at the base of the leaf, enclose the meatball as follows: Fold up the bottom of the leaf, partially or fully covering the meatball
  17. Fold in both sides of the leaf
  18. Roll up the meatball, keeping the sides of the cabbage leaf neatly tucked in
  19. Place the cabbage roll on a cutting board or large plate, loose side down
  20. Continue stuffing cabbage leaves until you have 12, working with the next largest leaf and the next largest meatball, and so on
  21. If a leaf tears, either make a patch by placing a small piece of cabbage inside the roll to cover the tear or simply peel another leaf from the remaining cabbage head and start again
  22. Coarsely chop the remaining cabbage and spread it out on the bottom of a 5- to 7-quart pressure cooker to make a bed
  23. Sprinkle the remaining 3 tablespoons raisins over the chopped cabbage
  24. Stack the cabbage rolls in the pot, starting with a layer of the largest ones and being careful to tuck the loose end under each roll
  25. Make the sauce
  26. Pour the tomatoes and their juice into a bowl
  27. If you are using whole tomatoes, either crush them with your hands, or fish them out and chop them into rough chunks no larger than ¾ inch on a side, then return the chopped tomatoes to the bowl
  28. Add the juice of 1½ lemons and 1 tablespoon of brown sugar and stir to combine
  29. Taste and adjust the sour and sweet flavors to your liking
  30. When you are satisfied, pour the tomato sauce over the cabbage rolls in the pressure cooker
  31. Close and lock the lid
  32. Set the burner heat to high
  33. When the cooker reaches HIGH pressure, reduce the burner heat as low as you can and still maintain HIGH pressure
  34. Set a timer to cook for 20 minutes
  35. Remove the pot from the heat
  36. Open the cooker with the Quick Release method
  37. Be careful of the steam as you remove the lid
  38. Carefully remove the cabbage rolls with an oversized spoon to a serving platter
  39. Stir the bed of chopped cabbage and raisins into the tomato sauce, then pour the sauce over the cabbage rolls
  40. Serve with egg noodles or mashed potatoes
  41. Leftovers will keep in an airtight container in the refrigerator 4 to 5 days or the freezer up to 4 months

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