BBQ Turkey Stuffed Cabbage
PMS leads to interesting food combinations. I was craving sloppy joes and ribs. I wanted both, desperately. But how to combine them and keep it relatively healthy? Solution: BBQ Turkey Stuffed Cabbage.
The jury is out on whether these are ghetto PMS food or totally awesome, but everyone that tried them was in love with them. But maybe they were PMS’ing, too… Either way, they’re tasty!
2 lbs ground turkey
1 large yellow onion
5 Tbsp garlic powder
1/2 C parsley
1 large head cabbage
2 Tbsp fresh ground pepper
3 Tbsp crushed red pepper (or more, if you like it hot)
1 tsp salt
1/2 C fat free cream cheese
1/2 C garlic breadcrumbs
1/4 C red wine vinegar
Bottle of your favorite BBQ sauce
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Boil a pot of water large enough to dunk the entire head of cabbage.
- Cut out core of cabbage with a paring knife.
- When water is hot, put cabbage in and using tongs, peel away layers as they cook and become pliable. Set leaves on a separate plate to cool. Save center ball of cabbage and use those leaves to line the bottom of a large (lasagna sized) Pyrex pan.
- Chop onion and saute until lightly caramelized. Add red wine and garlic powder, mix, and remove from heat.
- In a large bowl, add turkey, parsley, ground pepper, red pepper, salt, cream cheese, garlic breadcrumbs, egg, and half the bottle (or about 3/4 C) BBQ sauce.
- Once onion mix has cooled enough that you can handle, mix together well with other ingredients (I use my hands).
- Peel apart center ball of cabbage and use small leaves to line bottom of Pyrex.
- Wrap about 1/2 C of turkey mix into each cabbage leaf, folding in the end and setting in pan seam-side down.
- Set them in fairly snugly so they support each other and don’t fall apart during cooking. You should have two long rows of BBQ stuffed cabbage in the tray.
- If there is leftover turkey, you can create meatballs and toss them on top of the tray of cabbage. They’ll cook and taste fine.
- Pour a thick strip of BBQ sauce over each row, cover in foil, and bake for 50 minutes.
- Uncover and cook for another 10-15 minutes, then remove and cool on the stove top for 5 minutes.
- Once cooled, add another strip of BBQ sauce, then scoop out individual stuffed cabbage packets with a slotted spoon.