BULGUR-STUFFED CABBAGE
  • ½ cup Bulgur Wheat
  • ¾ cup boiling water
  • 1 head cabbage, tough outer leaves removed
  • 2 teaspoons olive or canola oil
  • 1 medium-size red onion, chopped
  • 1 small sweet red pepper, cored, seeded and chopped
  • 4 ounces mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 small zucchini, quartered and sliced
  • 1½ teaspoons dried basil, crumbled
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon each dried, thyme and mint flakes, crumbled
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper or to taste
  • 1 large egg white
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1¼ cups shredded Monterey Jack or mozzarella cheese
  • 1/8 teaspoon hot red pepper sauce or to taste
  • 1 8-ounce can tomato sauce

In a medium-size heatproof bowl, soak the bulgur in the boiling water for 15 minutes or until the liquid is absorbed. Meanwhile, bring a stockpot of unsalted water to a boil. Place the whole cabbage in the boiling water for about 2 minutes. Remove the cabbage and cut off 4 leaves at the core. Repeat twice more, remove 12 leaves altogether. (Reserve the remaining cabbage for another dish). Return the leaves to the boiling water and cook for 4 minutes or until crisp-tender. Drain, rinse under cold water to stop the cooking, and pat dry with paper toweling.

Heat the oil in a 10" nonstick skillet over moderate heat. Add the onion, red pepper and mushrooms and sauté for 5 minutes. Stir in the zucchini, basil, salt, thyme, mint and black pepper. Partially cover and cook, stirring occasionally, for 10 minutes or until the vegetables are soft and the liquid has evaporated. Stir in the bulgur. In a small bowl, beat the egg white and lemon juice and add to the bulgur-vegetable mixture. Stir in 1 cup of the cheese.

Preheat the oven to 400°. Lightly grease a 13"x9"x2" baking dish. Spoon ¼ cup of the bulgur mixture into the center of a cabbage leaf. Fold the sides of the leaf toward the center, then roll up the leaf and place, seam side down, in the prepared baking dish. Repeat with the remaining leaves and filling.

Stir in the red pepper sauce into the tomato sauce and spoon the sauce over the cabbage rolls. Sprinkle with the remaining ¼ cup of cheese on top. Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 25 minutes. Remove the foil and bake 10 minutes more or until the cheese is golden and bubbling. Accompany with rye bread. Serves 4