Golumpki: Polish Stuffed Cabbage

 Maybe you have to be Polish to get excited about a cabbage because I got very excited when I spotted this one at a local farm market last weekend.  I instantly thought of making golumpki.

 Mix 2 pounds of ground beef (you can use beef and pork if you want), 3 eggs, 1 medium white onion grated, 4 minced garlic cloves, 2 cups of cooked rice and salt and pepper to taste.  I also cooked 6 strips of bacon, diced them and added them to the mix.  Cook a small piece to taste for seasoning and adjust it if necessary.

 For the sauce, cook 1 diced onion and 4 diced cloves of garlic in 4 tablespoons of butter.  Add one 32 oz. can of crushed tomatoes, 4 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar, 1/2 cup of light brown sugar, 1 cube of beef bouillon and salt and pepper to taste. You might add more vinegar or sugar depending on the taste you want.

Mix the meat mixture thoroughly.

I like to cook my stuffed cabbage on a bed of sauerkraut but you can skip this if you want.                                                       
 I cover the sauerkraut with a layer of the sauce.

 Peel the outer leaves off of the head of cabbage and dunk them in boiling water until they start to wilt.  Cut out the thick spine. Place a scoop of meat on the cabbage.

Roll the meat in the leaf tucking the cabbage in as you go.                                              
 Lay the rolls seam side down on the sauerkraut.

 This recipe makes 16 large rolls.

 Cover them with the remaining sauce.

Cover the pot and cook them in a 350 degree oven for about 2-1/2 hours.  I am feeding them to my workers today with mashed potatoes and corn.  In my neck of the woods these are also called 'pigs in a blanket'.


Cabbage rolls, eh? I predict it will be windy around your place today.
Texan said…
That cabbage is beautiful! This recipe sounds so good I could make this vegetarian too!! I am going to try this! Thanks :O)
Leeanna said…
You had me at cabbage. Too bad David hates cabbage or I would make all kinds of stuffed cabbage dishes. .
Anonymous said…
I love cabbage and especially stuffed cabbage! I have never had them the Polish way though, perhaps it is time to try another one than the one I normally have.

Have a great day!
Guillaume said…
In Québec we used to call them cigares aux choux.
Well, that does it! Those workers are NEVER going to finish! Maybe they will get snowed out and have to finish...but they sure aren't going to do any rush job! :) You be just the sweetest, Joyce! :)
Joy said…
Hi Joyce! Of course, I tried this dish several times when we lived in Poland. Did you know that Turkey also has a similar dish, but usually it's vegetarian. :)
chickpea678 said…
You fed those to your workers? No wonder the work is never-ending!