Duck & Rice Sarma in Savoy Cabbage
This is a great recipe for utilizing rice leftovers while getting all your nutrients!
You can replace the duck with any minced meat and the baldo rice with risotto or short grain rice. The savoy cabbage can be replaced with any other cabbage or vine leaf, while the aleppo pepper can be replaced with paprika or chili flakes.
Sarma in Turkish means "to wrap", and many dishes are based around this notion.
Fill a large pot with water and bring it to a boil over high heat
Prepare an ice bath
Cut around the stem of 1 savoy cabbage head
Place the cabbage into the boiling water and let it cook, flipping it periodically until the leaves are softened and starting to fall from the head
Pull off the cabbage leaves and transfer them to the ice bath
Place a clean kitchen towel over a baking tray. Carefully pile the leaves on top to dry
Cut out the rib of each leaf up to around halfway lengthwise
Add 350 g of washed baldo rice and 450 ml of water to a saucepan. Cook over low heat for 13m, stirring occasionally until the water has evaporated and the grains are soft. Transfer to a bowl
Add 500 g of minced duck breast, 2 tsp of cumin powder, 2 tsp of aleppo pepper and 5 tsp of dried oregano
Add 1 tbsp of salt and mix to incorporate
Preheat the oven to 175 °C
Place 1 cabbage leaf on a working surface. Place 2 tbsp of the duck mix on the uncut half of the leaf. Fold the sides towards the center
Tightly roll the leaf to get two layers around the mix. Trim off the excess cabbage and reserve. Transfer to a baking dish and repeat the process with the remaining ingredients
Transfer the rolls to a baking pan. Fill the empty spaces with the cabbage trim. Use the remaining trim to cover the rolls
Pour 500 ml of chicken stock on top
Cover the pan with aluminum foil, making sure it is tight around the edges
Place the pan in the oven and cook the rolls for 20m, until they are firm to the touch
Transfer to a serving bowl and add some of the chicken stock. The duck & rice sarma in savoy cabbage is ready
Enjoy this complete meal in a tight, little package!
Yield 6 portions
Washed White Baldo Rice350 g
Minced Duck Breast500 g
Savoy Cabbage1 head
Chicken Stock500 ml
Aleppo Pepper2 tsp
Dried Oregano5 tsp
Cumin Powder2 tsp