Stuffed cabbage – Trôo style

Stuffed cabbage – Trôo style

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(23 ratings)

Prep: 30 mins Cook: 2 hrs, 30 mins


Serves 4 - 6
This is the simplest and best of all stuffed cabbage recipes - with good-quality sausages, it's divine. By Sophie Grigson

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal680
  • fat20g
  • saturates50g
  • carbs26g
  • sugars1.5g
  • fibre12g
  • protein35g
  • salt3.81g
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  • 1½-2kg/3lb 5oz-4lb 8oz Savoy, white or green cabbage, thickly shredded



    The cabbage, or brassica, family is huge, and includes everything from the familiar red, white…

  • 50g butter



    Butter is a dairy product made from separating whole milk or cream into fat and…

  • 800g fabulous butchers sausages, or Duchy Originals, skinned


  1. Pre-heat the oven to 150C/Gas 2/fan 130C. Cook the cabbage in boiling salted water for 4 minutes or so, then drain and run under the cold tap. Drain again thoroughly. Butter a deepish oven-proof dish (about 3 litre) generously with half the butter. Cover the base with a third of the cabbage. Season well.

  2. Arrange half the sausagemeat over the cabbage, flattening it out a bit with your fingers so that it covers it reasonably well, pressing down as you go. Repeat these layers, and then finish with a final layer of cabbage. Season again with salt and pepper, then dot with the remaining butter. Cover tightly and bake for 21⁄2 hours, until the cabbage is as tender as butter.

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29th Nov, 2018
I love this recipe, but the taste depends entirely on the sausage meat that you use, bland sausages will give you a bland dish, don't skimp on the quality and it's great. Very easy to make too, and the left overs (if there are any) are also good sliced with a very sharp knife into thick-ish slices and then pan fried until crispy and golden on both sides. You can add extra ingredients if you want, but I don't think it needs it. This was a favourite with my ex, I haven't tried cooking it for one person as yet.
10th Jan, 2018
A little too subtle for me, though my husband liked it and would rate 3.5-4 stars. I was getting jittery with so few ingredients so threw in some chestnuts, which added a slight texture of creaminess, which I liked. I also started adding some dried herbs, though not enough to make a difference. The only thing that made it more palatable for me was dousing with chilli sauce.
2nd Nov, 2016
Made twice now and highly recommend. Easy and extremely delicious. Even fussy family members eating this. Definitely use good quality sausages.
11th May, 2015
Lovely comfort food that takes no effort to make.
21st Dec, 2014
You know, this actually really good. Some may find it bland, and it will never have the complex flavours of dishes with extra ingredients, but it's tasty, steady comfort food. Just use good ingredients. Made twice and very happy.
21st Nov, 2012
Delicious! Don't stint on the sausages though, as without great sausages it wouldn't be very nice. I was only looking for a way to use up the cabbage from the veg box, but I'll definitely make again.
28th Mar, 2012
An ok meal, not sure if i make again though
13th Nov, 2011
This is a nice versatile, cheap 'n easy week-day family dish which can easily be pepped up a bit to suit everyone's own taste. I added some thinly sliced fennel and a few rashers of smoked bacon.
30th Jun, 2011
Surprisingly nice! Don't assume it will be bland as it only uses three ingrediants, it's really great for a low-prep hearty meal.
22nd Feb, 2011
Made this for dinner this evening. halved the ingredients as it was for two. Delicious. next time I'll put less salt in the water.


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