One of the best parts about winter is the food and drink that goes great with the chilly weather. Soups, meatloaf and other warm meals really hit the spot when the temperatures hit below freezing. These stuffed cabbage rolls in a delicate tomato based sauce are the perfect addition to your list of cold night meals! Delicious and savory, this recipe is a homemade Japanese meal that is perfecting for any winter party or potluck!






  • ½ large onion
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil, divided
  • 1 large head of cabbage (will need 12 cabbage leaves)
  • 2 ½ tsp. kosher salt, divided
  • 1 lb. (453 g) ground meat (preferably ¼ lb. pork and ¾ lb. beef)
  • 1 Tbsp. all-purpose flour
  • ½ Tbsp. butter
  • Parsley for garnish
Seasoning for Stuffing
  • 1 egg
  • ⅓ cup (20 g) panko
  • 2 Tbsp. milk
  • ½ tsp. nutmeg
  • 1 tsp. Kosher salt (½ tsp. table salt)
  • Freshly ground black pepper
For Sauce
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 large garlic clove, minced
  • 1 (14.5-oz, 411 g) can of diced tomatoes
  • 1 Tbsp. white wine
  • 1 cup (240 ml) chicken/vegetable stock

What do you think of this recipe? Do you have a go to recipe that warms you up on chilly nights? Share your thoughts and ideas in the comments section below.