I first cooked this during one of my courses. I was with a lovely group in a farmhouse in Tuscany and we improvised for a session. We used chicken pieces on the bone, which worked beautifully. Chicken thighs are tasty and juicy and a great alternative to chicken breast, which can be dry. For chicken on the bone, follow the same recipe as below, but add 15-20 minutes to the cooking time.
My childhood memories of stuffed cabbage are not happy. Heavy, dull and indigestible, their name, holishkes, made me think I was being forced to eat rubbery galoshes. This vegetarian version has made me reconsider, though I am still tempted to keep the sour cream and hold the rest. Any cabbage will do - savoy looks prettiest, but green or sweetheart arguably tastes better.
Welcome the new year with this unusual festive dish.The ideal wine for it is a Barolo, or an Amarone, but both can be costly, so do use any dry red wine you prefer instead. The interesting tip and unique cooking method is to finish cooking the spaghetti in the wine, so it absorbs the sauce, giving a deeper flavour.