Stuffed Cabbage Leaves

Feuilles de Chou Farcies

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Appears in

Simple French Food

By Richard Olney

Published 1974

  • About

The stuffing in these leaves is the farci of the southwest, about which many a sentimental word has been written but for which one rarely sees recipes—and, in fact, to give a specific recipe is no doubt to falsify the spirit of the thing, for the only rule of its preparation is that it be based on bread panade thickened with egg. It is often only that with aromatic support and, when it contains meat, it can be a chopped mixture of any odds and ends of leftover roasts, boiled meats, or poultry giblets. Often a piece of chopped salt pork is the only meat ingredient. If the stuffing most often garnishes cabbage, either whole as in the preceding recipe, destined to serve as the principal element of the meal, or individual leaves, as in this recipe, sometimes serving as a garnish to soup, sometimes served by itself, the reason is economical—whenever something else is stuffed (veal or mutton breasts for braising, chickens for poule-au-pot, various vegetables . . .), the same farci finds its place there. The stuffed leaves of the following recipe may be braised in stock or bouillon and will be the richer for it.