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Grain Free Beef Holishkes

Grain Free Beef Holishkes

Stuffed cabbage has been a favourite of my family for years. A traditional Eastern European dish made grain free.
Prep Time 40 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours 30 minutes
Total Time 3 hours 10 minutes
Servings 12 Portions


  • 460 g beef minced
  • 2 enchalion shallots finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp organic virgin coconut oil or sunflower oil I recommend The Groovy Food Company
  • 1 savoy cabbage
  • 200 g cauliflower rice (alternatively you can use 200g cooked rice
  • 1 tbsp organic coconut flour I recommend The Groovy Food Company
  • 1 tsp organic coconut sugar I recommend The Groovy Food Company
  • 1 egg large
  • 1 tsp garlic puree
  • sea salt
  • white pepper


  • 170 g tomato puree double concentrated
  • 480 ml cold water
  • 1/2 lemon juice
  • 70 g organic coconut sugar I recommend The Groovy Food Company
  • 2 tbsp white wine vinegar
  • herbamare or sea salt
  • white pepper


  • Pre-heat the oven to 325°F, gas mark 3, 170°C (150°C fan-assisted).
  • In a non-stick frying pan add the 2 tbsp. coconut or sunflower oil, sauté the finely chopped shallots until translucent. Add the garlic and continue sauté, season with sea salt and white pepper. Continue to cook shallots until softened but not coloured, about 4-5 minutes over a gentle heat. Place in a mixing bowl to cool.
  • Bring a large saucepan of salted water to the boil. Cut out the core of the savoy cabbage and rinse the cabbage clean, discarding the outer layer, then immerse it into the large pot of boiling water and cook for 5-7 minutes until leaves are soft and pliable, but not overly soft. After a 5-7 minutes, using a fork you can start to lift out the outer layers, being careful not to tear them, then place directly into a bowl filled with ice cold water, drain each sheet on either a clean tea towel or kitchen paper towel to take off excess water. Keep the smaller leaves and the core for later.
  • To make the filling, in a large mixing bowl add the shallots and minced beef. Season well with sea salt, black pepper.
  • Add the beaten egg together with the coconut flour and coconut sugar and massage it in.
  • Add the cauliflower to a food processor and pulse until you get a rice texture, you can use frozen cauliflower rice. Alternatively you can use 200g cooked rice. Then add the cauliflower (or rice) to the meat. Mix well with your hands or wooden spoon so it’s all combined.
  • To make the sauce, in a medium saucepan, add tomato paste, water, vinegar, lemon juice and coconut sugar. Cook over a medium heat for 3 minutes, continuously stirring. Remove from the heat and season with herbamare or sea salt and white pepper.
  • Divide your mixture into 12 equal sections on a plate, and shape into tight cylinders. Place your leaves on a chopping board, pat with a paper towel to remove excess water. Shave down the tough, thick part of the stem at the base of each leaf, using a paring knife, being careful not to cut through the leaf itself, repeat the process with remaining leaves.
  • To stuff the leaves, place a leaf on the cutting board, stem side closest to you, place one part of the divided mixture nearest to you, shape into a cylinder, fold the base of the leaf up and over the filling until its completely covered until the end, then tuck both open ends inside, the filling should be completely enclosed. Then place open side down in your rectangle casserole dish, measuring 30cm by 21cm. Keep all parcels on one layer and gently warm the sauce and pour over. Cover and place in the pre-heated oven for 1 1/2 hours, until the beef is cooked through then remove the cover increase the oven temperature 20 degrees high and cook for a further 20 minutes uncovered.
  • Enjoy!
  • If you make this recipe, I’d LOVE to see how you get on - so either send me a photo to or post a picture to Instagram using the #myrelationshipwithfood and tag @myrelationshipwithfood


LISA’S TIP – If you would like to see how this recipe is made head over to my Instagram IGTV @myrelationshipwithfood. This recipe can be made in advance, since they taste even better the next day and the day after, you’ll have tasty leftovers! You can also use Chinese or white cabbage if you prefer. Cooked stuffed cabbage will keep for a few months in the freezer, if they are well sealed. If you prefer to limit your red meat consumption, try ground veal, turkey, chicken or if you want to keep vegan you can add quorn and pine nuts.
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