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Malfouf, also known as Lebanese cabbage rolls, is a delicacy in the Middle East. Not only are cabbage rolls delicious, but they dress up any table with their beautiful presentation. —Michael & Mathil Chebat, Layla's Lebanese Restaurant
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. Cook: 10 min.
  • Makes
    6 servings


  • 12 cabbage leaves
  • 1 cup canned garbanzo beans or chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1/2 cup cooked rice
  • 1/2 bunch fresh parsley, minced
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon Lebanese seven-spice blend
  • 1 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 pound ground beef
  • 4 cups water
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • Lemon slices, optional


  • In batches, cook cabbage in boiling water until crisp-tender, 3-5 minutes. Drain; cool slightly. Trim thick vein from bottom of each cabbage leaf, making a V-shaped cut.
  • In a large bowl, combine garbanzo beans, onion, rice, parsley, butter, oil, tomato paste and seasonings. Add beef; mix lightly but thoroughly. Place about 1/4 cup beef mixture on each cabbage leaf. Pull together cut edges of leaf to overlap; fold over filling. Fold in sides and roll up.
  • Place rolls in a Dutch oven, seam side down. Add water, lemon juice and garlic. Bring to a boil; reduce heat. Simmer, covered, until a thermometer inserted in beef reads 160° and cabbage is tender, 10-12 minutes. If desired, serve with lemon slices.
Nutrition Facts
2 cabbage rolls: 311 calories, 22g fat (8g saturated fat), 44mg cholesterol, 157mg sodium, 19g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 4g fiber), 11g protein.

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  • Butcher2boy
    Feb 9, 2021

    We love lamb. I substituted cauliflower rice for bulgur. I used half of the chili paste (couldn't find Harissa so used Chinese chili sauce)and I wished I would have just followed the recipe. Loved the combination of flavors. VFE

  • ReneeMurby
    Jan 30, 2021

    We loved them. I used brown rice and Garam Marsala for the 7 spice blend. I brought some over to my parents to have for lunch the next day and they practically licked their plates clean.

  • Diane
    Jan 18, 2021

    Could not even eat these. No taste, filling fell apart. I was hopeful given the spices. Sorry, will not make these again

    Nov 8, 2020

    The tastiest cabbage rolls ever! And so easy to make. A keeper!