||Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 20 mins
- 4¼ cup water, divided
- 8 large Savoy or green cabbage leaves
- ¾ tsp salt, divided
- 1 cup whole-wheat couscous
- 2 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 4 cup chopped plum tomatoes
- 2 tsp red wine vinegar
- 1 tsp sugar
- ¼ tsp ground cinnamon
- ⅓ cup crumbled feta cheese
- 3 tbsp. chopped Kalamata olives
- 2 tbsps. chopped fresh mint, plus more for garnish
- Bring 2 1/2 cups water to a boil in a large skillet. Add cabbage leaves, cover, reduce heat to medium-high and simmer until softened, about 5 minutes.
- Bring 1 1/2 cups water and 1/4 teaspoon salt to a boil in a small saucepan. Stir in couscous, cover and remove from the heat. Let stand for at least 5 minutes.
- Transfer the cabbage leaves to a clean work surface to cool. Discard the water and dry the pan.
- Heat oil in the skillet over medium heat. Add garlic and cook, stirring often, until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add tomatoes, vinegar, sugar, cinnamon, the remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt and the remaining 1/4 cup water. Cover and cook, stirring occasionally, until the tomatoes are mostly broken down, 8 to 10 minutes.
- Meanwhile stir feta, olives and 2 tablespoons mint into the couscous. Mound about 1/2 cup of the couscous mixture at the stem end of each cabbage leaf. Roll into a bundle, tucking in the sides.
- When the tomato sauce is ready, add the cabbage rolls seam-side down. Cover and cook until the rolls are hot all the way through and the cabbage is very tender, 5 to 8 minutes. Serve the cabbage rolls topped with the sauce. Garnish with mint, if desired.
To Make Ahead: Prepare through Step 5; cool sauce; refrigerate sauce and cabbage rolls separately for up to 8 hours. Reheat the sauce before finishing with Step 6.