Pork and Dill Cabbage Rolls

Pork and Dill Cabbage Rolls



  • 12 Large Cabbage leaves
  • 110 g Arborio rice (1/2 cup)
  • 2 tsp Olive Oil Extra Virgin
  • 1 Brown Onion Finely Chopped
  • 2 Cloves Garlic Finely chopped
  • 1/2 tsp Allspice Ground
  • 450 g Pork Mince
  • 1 tbsp Fresh Dill Chopped
  • 500 ml Chicken stock (2 cups)
  • 250 ml Thickened cream (1 cup)
  • 1 tsp Lemon Rind Finely grated
  • 2 tsp Fresh Dill Chopped


  1. Bring a saucepan of lightly salted water to the boil over medium-high heat. Simmer the cabbage leaves for 3 minutes or until tender. Gently transfer to a colander to drain.

  2. Add the rice to the water. Cook for 15 minutes or until tender. Rinse under cold water and drain.

  3. While the rice is cooking, heat the oil in a frying pan over medium heat. Cook onion, stirring, for 3 minutes or until soft. Add garlic and cook for 1 minute or until aromatic. Stir in the allspice. Set aside to cool.

  4. Combine the mince, rice, onion mixture and dill in a bowl. Season with salt and pepper. Divide into 12 portions.

  5. Place 1 cabbage leaf on a clean work surface. Remove the thickest part of the stem.

  6. Place 1 portion of filling on the stem end. Fold in ends, then roll up to enclose.

    Repeat with remaining cabbage and filling.

  7. Place rolls, in a single layer, in a large saucepan. Add stock, cover and cook for 20 minutes.

  8. Transfer rolls to a serving dish. Reserve 1/4 cup of cooking liquid.

  9. Cook the cream, lemon rind and reserved cooking liquid in a saucepan for 10 minutes or until sauce thickens. Stir in extra dill. Season with salt and pepper. Drizzle over the pork & dill cabbage rolls and serve.

Cabbage and Kohlrabi Salad

Cabbage and Kohlrabi Salad


While we were doing our cycling trip from Prague to Paris last year, I kept seeing kohlrabi in the supermarkets but did not know how to prepare it and what it tasted like. One day I asked a gentleman in Louny, in the Czech Republic, who had bought three bunches, how he prepares it. He replied that he peels and slices it and eats it raw with a light sprinkling of salt. When I was shopping in Checkers yesterday I found some beautiful looking Kohlrabi and bought a bunch to try. I was so excited to find this recipe, which is from Ottolenghi’s Recipe Book Plenty. It is completely different from the normal coleslaw with mayo, this recipe highlights it’s fresh clean taste which is complimented so well with the zingy lemon flavour. The baby cabbages, that are for sale at SWVG at the moment are ideal to use in the recipe – JENNY

Cuisine Mediterranean
Keyword Cabbage, Kohlrabi
Servings 4 people


  • 1 Medium Kohlrabi +-240gm
  • ½ White Cabbage or Whole Baby Cabbage
  • Bunch Dill Roughly Chopped (6 heaped T)
  • 1 Zest of 1 lemon Grated
  • 90 ml Lemon Juice
  • 60 ml Olive Oil Extra Virigin
  • 1 Clove Garlic Crushed
  • 40 g Alfalfa Sprouts
  • Salt and white pepper To taste


  1. Peel the kohlrabi and cut into thick matchsticks that are about 5 mm wide and 5 cm long. Cut the cabbage into 5 mm strips
  2. Put all the ingredients apart from the alfalfa sprouts in a large mixing bowl. Use your hands to massage everything together for about a minute, so the flavours mix and the lemon can soften the cabbage. Let the salad sit for 10 min
  3. Add most of the alfalfa sprouts and mix well again with your hands. Taste and adjust the seasoning, you need a fair amount of salt to counteract the lemon
  4. Use your hands again to lift the salad out of the mixing bowl, leaving most of the juices behind. Garnish with the remaining sprouts and serve at once.

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