Mushroom & Carolina Gold Rice Stuffed Cabbage Rolls


At Fork and Plough in Greenville, South Carolina, chef Shawn Kelly creates dishes packed with herbs and veggies from his partner, Greenbrier Farms. The restaurant also sources from local makers, like Dark Spore Mushrooms in nearby Piedmont and the Dutch transplants at Forx Farm, who make buttery Gouda for these cabbage rolls.

Mushroom & Carolina Gold Rice Stuffed Cabbage Rolls
Photo: Greg DuPree
Active Time:
1 hr
Total Time:
2 hrs 30 mins



  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

  • 2 cups diced yellow onion

  • 2 cloves garlic, sliced

  • 2 tablespoons red wine

  • 1 (15 ounce) can no-salt-added diced tomatoes

  • ½ cup tomato paste

  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano

  • ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper

  • teaspoon salt

  • ½ cup chopped fresh basil

Cabbage Rolls

  • 12 leaves green cabbage

  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided

  • 1 cup diced onion

  • 3 cups diced mixed mushrooms (cremini, oyster, button and/or shiitake)

  • ½ cup diced red bell pepper

  • ½ cup diced zucchini

  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped

  • ¼ teaspoon ground pepper

  • teaspoon salt

  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten

  • 1 cup cooked Carolina Gold (see Tip) or brown rice

  • 1 cup chopped fresh herbs, such as basil, parsley, oregano, mint and/or cilantro

  • 1 cup shredded Gouda cheese, divided

  • ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese

  • 1 ½ teaspoons grated lemon zest

  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice

  • Dash of hot sauce


  1. To prepare marinara: Heat 3 tablespoons oil, 2 cups onion and sliced garlic in a medium saucepan over medium-low heat. Cook, stirring occasionally, until soft and golden brown, about 15 minutes. Add wine; cook 1 minute. Add tomatoes, tomato paste, oregano, crushed red pepper and 1/8 teaspoon salt. Adjust heat to maintain a simmer, cover and cook, stirring occasionally, for 1 hour. Remove from heat and stir in basil.

  2. Meanwhile, prepare cabbage rolls: Preheat oven to 400°F. Coat a 9-by-13-inch baking dish with cooking spray.

  3. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add cabbage leaves and cook for 1 minute. Drain and rinse with cold water. Pat dry.

  4. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until lightly browned, about 3 minutes. Add the remaining 2 tablespoons oil and mushrooms; cook, stirring occasionally, until the mushrooms are brown, about 5 minutes. Add bell pepper, zucchini, garlic, pepper and salt and cook, stirring often, until tender, 3 to 5 minutes. Transfer to a large bowl and let cool for 10 minutes.

  5. Add egg, rice, herbs, 1/2 cup Gouda, Parmesan, lemon zest, lemon juice and hot sauce to the vegetables and mix well.

  6. Spoon about 1/3 cup filling into each cabbage leaf and roll up, tucking in the sides. Arrange the cabbage rolls seam-side down in the prepared baking dish and spread the marinara over the top. Sprinkle with the remaining 1/2 cup Gouda.

  7. Bake until bubbling around the edges and the cheese has melted, about 25 minutes.

To make ahead

Prepare through Step 5 and refrigerate for up to 2 days.


Carolina Gold rice is a flavorful, long-grain variety that first arrived in the Carolinas with enslaved people in the 1600s. (The yellow-hued crop became known as "the golden seed.") It has a fluffy texture that's a favorite in low-country cooking. Find it with other rices at the grocery store or online.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

386 Calories
22g Fat
33g Carbs
13g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Serving Size 2 rolls
Calories 386
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 33g 12%
Dietary Fiber 7g 25%
Total Sugars 14g
Protein 13g 26%
Total Fat 22g 28%
Saturated Fat 7g 35%
Cholesterol 58mg 19%
Sodium 497mg 22%
Potassium 970mg 21%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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