Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
Yield: 8 servings
Leave it to the power of Cajun cuisine to take a humble vegetable and make it a truly irresistible meal. Cajun Cabbage roasts cabbage to its tenderest and sweetest form and mixes it with melty, sharp Colby cheese. Add in savory and spicy ground beef and fluffy rice, and you have a dish that delights with its sheer heartiness. Cajun Cabbage is a full meal in one that has something for everyone!
Ingredients• 1 pound of ground beef • 1 medium green pepper, chopped • 1 medium onion, chopped • 2 cloves garlic, minced • 1 (10-ounce) can of diced tomatoes and green chiles • 1 (8-ounce) can of tomato sauce • 1/2 cup long-grain rice • 1 teaspoon salt • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano • 1/4 teaspoon white pepper, plus more to taste • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper, plus more to taste • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper, plus more to taste • hot pepper sauce, to taste • 1 small head cabbage, chopped • 1 cup Colby cheese, shredded • fresh basil, optional, for garnish
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
In a skillet, cook the beef, green pepper, onion, and garlic over medium heat until the meat is no longer pink, about 6-8 minutes.
Drain the fat from the skillet.
Stir in the tomatoes, tomato sauce, rice, salt, basil, oregano, white pepper, black pepper, cayenne pepper, and hot sauce.
Spread the mixture into an ungreased 9x13-inch baking dish.
Top the beef mixture with the cabbage and the Colby cheese.
Cover and bake until the rice is tender, about 65-75 minutes.
Garnish with fresh basil and serve.