Savoy Surprise.

I love to cook simple things that require only one pot. But sometimes, I try out new things that seem to take some effort to make. And then I realize: It’s simply cooking. You maybe have to do some more dishes, but it’s not much more difficult. It’s more fun. Let’s make Savoy Packets.

They’re not only fun to make, they also taste delicious.

Of course, you need a savoy cabbage. But don’t cut it, just break off 6 large outer leaves to use for making packets for 2 servings. With the rest, do whatever you want. I love to just cook it.

In a large pot, bring water with some salt to boil. Add the leaves to the boiling water and cook them for 1 minute. Take them out and rinse them with cold water.

Then, you need:

olive oil
1 garlic clove
50 g bulgur
50 g red lentils
about 200 ml vegetable broth
80 g feta cheese
1 teaspoon thyme
salt, pepper, nutmeg

(makes 2 servings)

Chop the onion and the garlic clove and sweat them in olive oil. Add bulgur and broth. After 2 minutes, add red lentils. Let simmer until lentils and bulgur are soft. Then, turn of the heat and crumble in the feta cheese. Add spices to taste. Stir well.

Now you can fill your savoy packets! Fun part!

Cut out the hard part of each leave, put some filling in and make a packet. Fix with toothpicks.

And then, put all of your packets in a buttered or oiled casserole. If you want, put some flakes of butter on top.

Put it in the oven at 170° C / 340° F for 30 minutes.

In the meantime, you could prepare a nice field salad

… or make a yummy tomato sauce to go with your packets.

When your packets are done, put some grated Parmesan on top. And then enjoy the lovely melting filling.

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3 Responses to Savoy Surprise.

  1. Claire says:

    Yummy yum yum… Much nicer than the boring meat version. Such vibrant colours – gorgeous!

  2. mrspedigrew says:

    Love your beautiful first savoy pic. It would be perfect for the “photogenic food” photo of the week contest over at! The winner is featured on and here is a link of last week’s winner and runners up gallery You should come enter this one, today’s the last day to enter. Monday starts a new contest!

  3. Oh my, what a wonderful surprise. Usually my surprises are the other way around. I have to hide veggies or my boys wont eat it. I love this tho!

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