Saint Patrick’s Day: Rolling Up a Specialty

Leprechaun I’m Tater McMuffin.

Without GiGi knowing, I hacked onto her blog because I wanted to introduce the latest DUDE FOOD video all by my…

wee little self.

After all, I am a dude, albeit, short, but a dude nonetheless, and I love what she and Whitney cooked up this go-round.

GiGi Dubois and Whitney English in the Kitchen

They certainly had a whale of a time in the kitchen too, I might add!

GiGi Dubois and Whitney English with Cabbage

So what on earth did they two lassies cócaireacht (excuse me, cook)?


Well, after they discovered that corned beef takes about 10 days to brine, they had to put their thinking caps on… Check out what they created… My fair warning though, vegetarians and vegans, will not is breá seo… I mean, like this.

What you need for the…

Beefy Cabbage Roll-Ups

Beef wrapped in cabbage

  • 1 pound of grass-fed/finished beef top sirloin
  • 2 tbs pickling spice (or 2 tbp mustard seed, dill seed, bay leaves, cinnamon, cloves, pepper, coriander, chili, allspice and ginger)
  • 2 tbs olive oil (to marinade)
  • 1 tbs olive oil (to sear)
  • 1/2 head of green cabbage, leaves separated
  • water
  • sliced Irish cheddar cheese (optional)
  • mustard (optional)


This is exactly how these cailíní (ladies) made such a caithiseach (delicious) dish!

Well, I best be going before GiGi gets MAD at me… I will however, leave you with this…

Drunk looking GiGi
And this…

GiGi unattractive eating food

Beannacht maith!! (Good Bye)


  • Do you know what a “slapper” is in Irish/English slang?
  • Are you a BEEF fan? Do you pay attention to the TYPE of beef you buy (i.e., grass-fed)?
  • What’s your favorite Irish-inspired food/drink?
  • Have you ever been to Ireland? Give me your detailed itinerary, just in case I wind up going!
  • Tell me your Leprechaun NAME (click the link)!!
  • Who is your favorite IRISH actor/actress?
  • VOTE FOR GIGI EATS over at SAVEUR!! You can also NOMINATE your own blog! WAD UP!
  • Check out this LITTLE SPOTLIGHT on ME over at SIMPLY FRESH DINNERS… Then go check out Robyn’s RECIPES – YUM! 

Put down the pint of Gat before you get ossified!

Throwing a cabbage!Featured on… Fit Tip Tuesday, Waste Not Want Not, Urban Naturals


  1. HAHAHAHAH love it! YES! I am English, so I know what a slapper is! Haven’t heard that since I have moved to the States though! Those beefy wraps look deliiiccciiioouuuss! I went to Ireland when i was younger for a international race there, but haven’t explored enough! I should celebrate more, but I swear people make a bigger deal of it over here then they do in England!

    • Ah ha ha! Of course Americans do – We want every excuse in the book to CELEBRATE SOMETHING but of course! 😉

  2. OH MAN this recipe is blast from the past for me. I grew up in an seriously Eastern European home, so there was always a WHOLE LOT OF CABBAGE! Literally there was one day a year when the whole fam jam got together and we cooked a ridiculous amount of cabbage rolls, sauerkraut, and coleslaw to freeze and have at anytime hahaha

  3. Haha! love this! I most definitely like beef and unfortunately I do not pay much attention to the type. But this recipe. I love this so much I am going to try this weekend! My favorite Irish drink is simple: a good large Guinness. It totally baffles my friends that this is my favorite beer.

    • Oh yay! I cannot wait to hear how you like this recipe! :) It was definitely TASTY to my taste buds!

      I have never had Guinness, so I really cannot judge you! ha ha.

  4. I’ve sure seen THAT LOOK around this town, lol!

    No, I haven’t eaten beef for many years.

    Since The Last of the Mohicans is one of my favorite movies, Danial Day-Lewis for an actor with Irish citizenship.

    Ireland was the first place across the pond that I ever went! Enjoyed the trip from the moment I boarded Air Lingus, or the “flying tongue” as I call them. We landed in Dublin! I was there for a surgical meeting at Trinity, but was distracted by an Irish lass I met at the college, Bernadette Shannon, and we became two ships passing in the Irish night. :-) Never saw much of the meeting, and I can’t remember any of what I did see. I do remember very well the tea and crumpets, and Bernadette. Something about the sweeter things in life that last…

  5. These look great. I love read meat.

  6. While not a recipe I’d try I love your face.

  7. Gigi, you’ll always be my leprechaun :)

    And In case anyone is wondering what we are doing with the cabbage at the end of this video, we’re playing the classic party game “Pass the Orange,” but with a humongous head of cabbage! You’re guaranteed to get a kiss with this one, whether you’re Irish or not!

    • Tee He He! I feel so special 😉

      And perhaps I should really play this PASS THE CABBAGE game on St. Patty’s Day – however, do I really want to kiss RANDOM TOADS in Los Angeles? lol!

  8. Oh man this post really took me back! Talk about a blast from the past! I grew up in a seriously Eastern European family. So there is one day every year that I will affectionately call – Cabbage Day – where we would spend a full 12 hours making copious amounts of Cabbage Rolls, Sauerkraut, and Coleslaw. SO MUCH CABBAGE! hahaha

    • OMG what day is cabbage day?! Do you have recipes for all of these things on your blog?! LINK UP right now – I LOVE cabbage! However……….. Well, you know where I am going with that 😉

  9. You had my heart at grass-fed beef 😉 Take Care GiGI! -Iva

  10. hahahahaha This just made me crack up during class. I can’t wait to try these! I can’t believe corned beef takes that long to brine! Ain’t nobody got time for that.

    Thanks for linking up girl!


  11. This sounds great! I looked at the cabbage in the store the other day but, besides slaw, I have never cooked with it. I’ve also been craving some red meat, so I’d really like to give this a try! Loved the pictures and video too – you guys are a riot! We got together each Tuesday for a healthy living link up Tips and Tricks Tuesday, and I’d love for you to share this if you get a chance! Thanks!

    • Kristin – this is the PERFECT way to calm your meat craving and explore what else you can do with cabbage aside from SLAW!! I am so glad you found the recipe :) And I will gladly link up!

      • Thanks so much for linking up Gigi! This recipe is awesome, and I’m so glad I was introduced to your videos – love! Thanks again, and I would be so honored if you stopped by again tomorrow!!

  12. LET’S GET ROLLIN!! hahah love this – grass fed beef sounds way better anyway!!

    • I mean, those beef(ies) are just roaming around on their grass, lovin’ life – of course they sound BETTER :)

  13. LOL! Love the lepechran name! but love be some cabb rolls more.. BEEF IT UP BABY!

  14. You guys are too funny!
    If I gave my daughter a cabbage to toss around (or these cabbage roll ups), she might actually enjoy it! My recipes so far have not left her super thrilled!

    • Ha Ha! Hey, cabbage = multiple uses – a toy and FOOD! So when you get tired of tossing it, and need to refuel, just munch away! LOL!

  15. When I read cabbage rolls, I immediately thought ‘German’ (my own background)… I know I was forced to eat these as a kid…

    • OH YES! I went to Austria and I have been to Germany several times (I too am German) and I ADOREEEEEEE me some sauerkraut! 😀

  16. Welsh Rarebit is my FAVORITE, but not one I partake in very often since it pretty much lacks in the “eating clean” department. But I love it still. :)

    I’ve gotta have me some Bailey’s in my coffee! (every once in a while my boss brings me a little mini bottle at work to stash in my desk for those “rough days”. lol)

    My Leprechaun name– Shillelagh O’Blaze!

    • Welsh Rabbit! I have never had that before in my life – is it actually a type of rabbit or is this a dish?

      I was about to say…. Bailey’s in your coffee every morning so you can get through the day at work – uh oh, I think you MAY have a problem Miss O’Blaze!! 😉

  17. Wow!! These look amazing!!! So perfect for Saint Patricks day!! So fun:) Hope that you have a great rest of your week!!

  18. Mc Rocco says:

    I love it, simple healthy and tasty !!!!! No real Irish favorite drink or food but this is just fine for me.
    OMG my Irish name is Shillelagh Mc Knob AHH yes I’m an Irish adult star :) Just kidding, really 😉
    My Granma loved Rita Hayworth so I’ll pick her and Olivia Wilde. I eat a lot of beef not always the best but still good. Not sure about a slapper, is it like bangers in England ?

    • Ah ha ha ha ah!!!!!! You’re an Irish Adult Star – I am crying! 😉 So funny. That name, I think you should use it when you make comments from NOW ON! 😉

  19. Hey Gigi,
    Love this installment of DudeFood! I am SO not the recipe girl so I’m glad I can count on you for your always clean (and funky) fare!

    • Aw! I am so glad you enjoyed the video and hopefully ENJOY this recipe when you get all the ingredients! It’s so good and even though it’s red meat, it’s still a light dish! Definitely won’t weigh you down or cause you to want to take a nap! ha! Thanks Cassye!

  20. Great posts!

  21. We are big fans of beef here!!!
    Gonna try these cabbage rolls – looks like an easy way to be semi-festive for St. Patrick’s day!!!

    • They’re so easy!!! Don’t forget to have a few tooth picks on hand to keep them together – and an extra napkin, as they can get a little messy – But messy food is the tastiest, right?! :)

  22. I rarely eat red meat anymore but I would definitely try these, GiGi! That combination of flavours sounds very intriguing! My ancestry is Irish but all it does is serve as an excuse for everyone to get drunk on St. Paddy’s Day. Thanks for the shoutout! Have a great day :)

    • You know what’s funny Robyn, before making this recipe with Whitney, I had not had red meat in a couple of months! It was definitely amazing though :) I think my taste buds appreciated it. Hopefully yours will too!

      Roll Up for your heritage of course!

  23. I love this post! My husband is Irish and yes, I know what a “slapper” is after living in England for 5 years. So, if you want to come run in Ireland with my daughter and me this summer, we are Rock ‘n Roll bloggers for the Dublin half marathon August 4th. The more the merrier! Ireland is a really fun country and there are many places to enjoy yourself, especially in the Temple Bar area of Dublin!

    • OMG are you inviting me to DUBLIN!!!! Could I say at your place? LOL 😉 I promise I am NOT a slapper!

  24. This looks really good, and you guys are funny as always! :) I like beef, but we don’t eat it that often. When we eat it, it’s always grass-fed.

    • I really don’t eat beef all that often either, but most definitely it’s GRASS FED when I do eat it too :)

  25. These look fabulous and I absolutely LOVE the “eating pictures.” Hilarious!!

  26. O.M.G. I have the coolest leprechaun name…EVER….Shillelagh McWhiskey! It doesn’t get any better than that….

  27. Stumpy O’knuckles! :) Not a beef fan but I could use chicken. :) You two gals are very talented… 😉

    I am not well informed in the Irish stuff.. :)

    • You could certainly use chicken or you could use salmon! I actually adore the salmon and cabbage pairing :)

  28. 10 days?! Who has time for that shit?? I like your express version much better. Uh, thanks for the tip on grass fed beef. I was wondering why it always tasted nasty. And you have mad rollin’ skills BTW.

  29. i dont really eat red meat; i’m more of a white meat person. which is why i married my white husband haha! kidding. not really.

    my MIL makes (romanian) cabbage rolls that are SO YUMMY – she uses rice and ground beef and that’s pretty much the extent of my red meat eating.

    Vodka and Soda

    • LMFAO! LMFAO! I like white meat a bit more than red, rarely eat red, but… When I start, I keep wanting to eat more and more and more – Oh did that come out wrong? Nope. Not at all! 😉

      I’m curious as to what spices are used in these Romanian cabbage rolls! Do you know?

  30. I love beef. I hate cabbage. I just can’t get into it. I’m trying though!
    I have been to Ireland and I LOVED it. There are some seriously cute Irish guys running around Dublin.

    • OMG that’s okay, I am obsessed with cabbage, I will eat your share, no problem 😉 – However……….. It tends to KILL my stomach, definitely DONT want to see any sexy Irish men after I eat a head of cabbage, LOL!!

  31. I must have eaten too many crack rocks cause I’m pretty sure this post was not in english…

    • Actually…. Your crack has made you quite focused because YOU ARE CORRECT – this post is Inglish – Irish/English MIX!

  32. Yup. The look on your face is the same as mine would be.
    I do love beef and I do buy local, grass-fed. And the local co-op makes a St. Patrick’s Day meal that you would love!

  33. A slapper is the sound my mouth makes when it hits the beefy cabbage goodness that you are cooking up, then sending my way. Duh!

  34. I’m Warty McWoozy… hmmm… I think I’d rather have something a little sillier. And I do love me some beef. If I’ve got the choice for grass fed, I’ll take it, but I don’t always have that luxury.

    • OMG Warty McWoozy……… I am sorry to hear this! LOL!!!!! I give you full permission to select a different name 😉

  35. Good Irish girl here loves your dish … get it!

  36. bahaha slapper. What a naughty naughty term.

    Guess who is going to make these because they fit #WholeArman? MEEEEEE. Genius Queen. (said in an Irish accent!). I’ll even snapchat you a picture.

    • YAHOOOOOO!!!!! I made #HalfArman a #WholeArman because of this recipe! 😉

      Can you video snap chat yourself saying GENIUS QUEEN in an Irish accent?

  37. Top o’ tha’ mornin’ to ya! wow even my typed irish accent is terrible. Anywho, my very Irish papa would be happy with all the Irish on this post! And yes, I’m very aware of the term slapper (luckily I’ve never been called one yet… but a few Irish coffee’s do put me at risk…)

    • LMFAO !! No way! Your typing accent is PHENOMENAL! Far better than mine, that’s for sure 😉

      Hopefully the next time you see your papa, you can roll him up some of these? No SLAPPERS HERE!

  38. The traditional corned beef and cabbage makes me want to gag but yours likes a thousand times more palpable! My hubs would love this.

    • I have never even seen TRADITIONAL corned beef and cabbage – but I know that the brine typically used for corned beef is full of nastiness! 😉 Next best thing is definitely these wraps! I hope you do make them for hubs!

  39. Yum! I’d take that over corned beef any day!

  40. Love LOVE LOVE Cabbage – but don’t love that it makes me gassy. Happy day. LOL.

    • YOU DO NOT WANT TO BE AROUND ME when I eat a lot of cabbage. I could fuel a plane to flight from JFK (NYC) to HKI (Hong Kong)… LMFAO! Hmm, then maybe I should eat more cabbage? I’d love to travel again!

  41. Wow, I’ve got one heck of an Irish name: Shillelagh O’Looney. No beef for me, but I do love cabbage!

  42. I really don’t like beef in general, but I’m trying to eat more of it! (Well, I believe that most people eat TOO much, but my 2x/ year habit is slowly increasing to 1x/ month or so!)

    • I don’t eat beef or red meat all that much either, but when I do, it’s grass-fed/finished and wild… It’s amazingly delicious – we do need our iron! 😉

  43. So my leprechaun name is “Warty O’Wobbles”! Cabbage rolls were big in my family of Polish peeps :) But my husband is of Irish descent so we’re going to try to get there someday soon!

    P.S. I wish you would stop showing off with all those sexy still frames 😀

    • Warty O’Wobbles… Oh no. I am sorry to hear this…. However, now I kind of want to call you Warty or Wobbles from now on, LMFAO! What would you rather me call you? 😉

      I have a feeling if I call you either of these names, you will not invite me on your trip to Ireland!

  44. I’m loving your food-gasm face in those last two picks! If that alone doesn’t make you want to eat these then…

    • BAH HA HA HA HA AH AH!!!!! Seriously. I am surprised Food Pornography companies have not gotten in contact with me to be their cover girl for their April edition of their magazine, LMFAO!

  45. Greeny McSmelly. Wow…best Leprechaun name ever, right? Those pics of you = amazingness!

  46. We generally do Corn beef and cabbage but these look so delicious! Is a “slapper” Irish for a juicy fart? Did I just say that? Oh, I can be so crude.

    • OMFG I just cried from laughter and spit my meat cabbage roll up out of my mouth. A juicy fart. That’s so wrong, lmfao! But if you can believe it, a slapper is something worse 😮

  47. Looks yum! St Patty’s day is a big deal in our house, as my husbands great great great great great grandfather came from ireland, so clearly he’s very irish.So we do the whole green beer and cabbage thing! Corned beef was my fav as a kid, but sadly haven’t had it in years. This is a great alternative!

    • I see LOTS AND LOTS of green beer in your very near future! Have you and yours husband already purchased some 6 packs? :)

  48. I like the idea of a cabbage wrap/roll-up. Mmm. :)

  49. Man your cabbage is looking GOOD! AHA I spy TJ’s cheese!! I now want to wrap everything in cabbage…cabbage wrapped asparagus, cabbage wrapped chocolate, cabbage wrapped bananas, cabbage wrapped cat tail…

    • OMG this was the MOST TAME comment I have ever received from you. I know what you REALLY want to wrap up in cabbage! 😉

  50. Oh. My. Gosh. What’s not to love about beef, cabbage and cheese? Perfect recipe just in time for St. Patrick’s day!

  51. This JEWISH wanna be IRISH LADY makes GREEN MAZO BALLS!!!

  52. My favorite Irish food is Bailey’s Irish Creme.

  53. Yes! Grass-fed beef fan here! I’ve been to Dublin and LOVED! Made the drive down to Waterford. I wanna go back! I’m Sprinkles McTurnips!

    • Really? You loved it? I had no really intention to go to Ireland, but now… I WANT TO BECAUSE OF YOU!!!! Dublin tourism can thank YOU! lol, McTurnips, you can come with!

  54. I have to tell you that I am mildly afraid of cabbage. It just smells so bad when you cook it, that I’ve never been able to put it in my mouth. That being said, in typical dude food fashion, this looks great. So maybe I’ll 1) try the cabbage or 2) figure out how to wrap these bad boys in another green!

    • AHHH HA HA HA AH AH AH!! I think March is time for trying NEW THINGS! Cabbage is in! Don’t eat it raw to start, cook it a little. It might smell a tiny bit, yes, but sautee it with coconut oil and garlic – it’s delicious 😉

  55. I would LOVE to go to Ireland/Scotland! I LOVE the accents. Ewan McGregor is Scottish, but that’s a close second, right? :) Corn beef and cabbage is my fave Irish meal. Not very original I know. :)

    • Mmmmmm Ewan McGregor! What about Colin Ferrel?! Yummy dish right there – that’s actually a CLUE to this Tuesday’s post! ha ha.

  56. Damn. I’d let you wrap up meat for me anytime… wait a minute…does that sound right?

    • It would have sounded wrong if you said: “I’d let you wrap up my meat, anytime” – LOL!! AHHH HA HA AH AHA HA!

  57. These roll ups look great! Haha, love the improvisation when you realized how long corned beef takes!

  58. I do not even LIKE corn beef and cabbage, which this entree obviously is not…BUT THIS LOOKS SO DELICIOUS. except for the cabbage part 😛 Just give me the beef and I am good to go. You know me, I love meat! And also, I love your “eating” photos, that’s how I look when I’m enjoying myself too! <3 xoxo

  59. These look magically delicious … oh, wait, that’s another “Irish” food. 😉

  60. You guys should’ve done this video with Irish accents! The recipe looks awesome, definitely a great alternative to corned beef. Speaking of that… St. Patrick’s Day is a holiday and you know I get all sappy. Guess I’ll have to make some corny-beef, bahaha.

    • OH GOSH! If we ATTEMPTED Irish Accents, we would probably be BRUTALLY ATTACKED by Irish people for being “racist” or something, LOL!!

      AND OMG I cannot wait to see you get all CORNY!! I am waiting with extreme anticipation, ha ah!

  61. My Leprechaun name is Stump McTavern! haha! Voted for you at Saveur because you are hilarious!

  62. YUM! Yes, please! These sounds delicious and grass fed beef? YUM (maayybee i’ll use buffalo!) Voted for you!

    xx Kait

    • You could TOTALLY use Buffalo – another favorite of mine :) And you could even do ground meat if you’d want – the sky’s the LIMIT baby! :)


  63. You are killing me with giggles with those pictures, loving this post! I’m a burger beef girl, it’s my favorite way to enjoy it, on a bun and covered in pickles!

    • Oh you’re telling me! I AM ALL ABOUT THE BURGERS – I rarely eat steak, this was the first time in FOREVER – but let me tell you, it was SCRUMPTIOUS! Pickles would have only made this dish BETTER! It sounds like you and I have the same taste buds! :)

  64. I don’t like red meats, it’s not a health thing, I just don’t care for them so I rarely eat any beef. I love cabbage! Yumm!

  65. I wasn’t a beef fan even before I became a vegetarian. Another great Gigi post! Did I see we could vote somewhere?

  66. We are going to just love your Beef Cabbage Roll Ups, they look awesome! Thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday, it is so nice to have you with us today. Have a great weekend and come back soon!
    Miz Helen

  67. Haha Gigi only you could post those silly pictures of you bid-bite and still look gorgeous! Love the little leprechaun take over. I’m not familiar with most Irish foods, but I love the holiday. Funny story- I’m a strawberry blonde, so I always figured I was Irish growing up. I found out a year ago that I have no Irish blood in me at all. So lame because who doesn’t want a little Irish in them? I guess my Scottish roots will just have to suffice! :)

    • AH HA HA! So what are your roots then? And how did you find out? Did you take a Genetic Test? I actually DID!! And I was CONFIRMED German/French, LOL!

  68. Hi GiGi,
    I can see that this recipe is extremely popular! You have another hit on your hands. Thank you so much for sharing this delicious recipe on the Healthy, Happy, Green & Natural Blog Hop! I appreciate it!

  69. Yup. As per the uzh, you were SO right. I LOVE THIS!!!!! Cabbage is just perfect for this recipe. And it’s not just perfect for the holiday; it’s perfect for it’s properties. It retains it’s strength after it’s been steamed, so it’s still strong, but thin and delicious! What an AWESOME appetizer!!!

    Jonathan Rhys Meyers, hands down. He’s got so much cool, he could be used as central AC!! Obviously Pierce Brosnan is a close second…

  70. You and Tater Muffin are a riot! Thanks for making me laugh today AND for a tasty looking cabbage roll recipe!

    • Ha Ha! You’re very welcome. Tater and I have a very special date this Monday evening 😉 I do believe he is making me some of these roll ups!


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