Stuffed Cabbage with Rosemary Brown Butter and Parmigiano-Reggiano

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Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 12

Cabbage leaves enclose a salty, savory filling of bacon, garlic and bread crumbs, rich with the heady aroma of rosemary in this rustic Italian dish from Chef Sarah Grueneberg.


  • 2 heads savoy cabbage, each about 1 1/4 lb.
  • Kosher salt, to taste
  • 3 Tbs. olive oil
  • 4 oz. thick-cut bacon, cut into 1/4-inch strips
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • Freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups fresh bread crumbs
  • 1 cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
  • 4 Tbs. (1/2 stick) unsalted butter
  • Leaves from 2 small fresh rosemary sprigs (optional)


Peel 6 large outer leaves off each cabbage head and set aside. Quarter, core and shred the remaining cabbage.

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Have ready a large bowl of ice water. Working in 2 batches, add the outer cabbage leaves to the boiling water and cook for 2 minutes, then transfer to the ice water until cool. Drain on paper towel-lined baking sheets.

Preheat an oven to 350°F. Butter a 13-by-9-inch or 3-quart baking dish.

In a large sauté pan over medium heat, warm the olive oil. Add the bacon and cook, stirring occasionally, until browned and crispy, 5 to 7 minutes. Add the garlic and shredded cabbage and cook, stirring occasionally, until the cabbage has wilted and softened, 6 to 8 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Let cool slightly.

In a large bowl, lightly beat the eggs. Add the bread crumbs, 1/4 cup of the cheese and the wilted cabbage mixture and stir well to combine.

Lay the cabbage leaves, with the inside facing up, on a cutting board. Divide the filling evenly among the leaves. Roll up each leaf into a cylinder and place, seam side down, in the prepared baking dish. Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 30 minutes.

During the last 10 minutes of baking, heat a small sauté pan over medium-low heat. Add the butter and cook until it starts to brown, about 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and add the rosemary leaves.

Remove the stuffed cabbage from the oven. Sprinkle with the remaining 3/4 cup cheese and pour the browned butter on top. Serve immediately. Serves 12.

Adapted from a recipe by Chef Sarah Grueneberg, Spiaggia, Chicago.

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