Heat whatever fat you are using (see Notes) over medium-high heat, in a large fry-pan and cook the onion until soft and translucent. Add the garlic and cook for about 2 minutes longer. Drain it before adding it to the meat mixture. Obviously, cut the recipe in half if you wish. You will not be surprised to learn there are tons of variations on cabbage rolls - influenced by family and culture. Freeze the head of cabbage and then let it defrost overnight in the freezer. chopped hamburg 1 med. Combine the tomato juice and water and pour over the cabbage rolls. Then add the rice and the tomato juice to the meat mixture. As discussed, some leaves not limp enough... <== Questions or Comments about this recipe? Make sure the water is at a rolling boil, if rice is not scalded enough it will be crunchy! To scald rice: Heat a generous amount of water in a heavy pan that will hold the heat. Pile up all the leaves in a bowl ready to be filled / rolled. Place the cored cabbage head in a large bowl; pour boiling water over to cover. It's great being able to drop the bags in boiling water and having a meal as good as this in 30 minutes. (Tip: Sigh... you may want to read the Notes first. (A quick peek at videos and I see some people who do a simple roll and then finger-tuck both ends, others fold in both sides and roll - do what works for you.) I could never figure out that frequent exhortation, and that kind of remark almost ensured that I was not enamoured by the prospect of being barefoot in the kitchen. I have a "muscle memory" of what it was like to stuff the cabbage leaves, but I never paid attention to the big picture. Saute the garlic, onion, and peppers in the lard until tender. place cabbage in a large bowl, wrap tightly with plastic wrap and microwave 3-6 minutes until outer leaves are pliable and translucent; remove outer leaves with tongs, set aside and repeat as necessary. NOTE: 3/8 cup dehydrated onions may be used instead of 2 small onions in recipe. By using The Spruce Eats, you accept our, Stuffed Cabbage Rolls With Ground Beef and Rice, How to Make Polish Stuffed Cabbage Rolls - Golabki, Toltott Kaposzta: Hungarian Stuffed Cabbage, Swedish Cabbage Rolls, Crock Pot or Stovetop, German Stuffed Cabbage Rolls (Kohlrouladen), Polish Stuffed Cabbage Rolls With Tomato Sauce (Gołąbki), Ground Beef and Rice Stuffed Cabbage Rolls Recipe, Klara's Traditional Croatian Stuffed Cabbage. I call making these a project. Even though the spine was trimmed, it may still be too stiff to fold over or tuck in. If using, mix it in among the other ingredients. 1 lb. ), The Spruce Eats uses cookies to provide you with a great user experience. 1 cup tomato sauce (see Notes)2 TB Hungarian paprika (sweet, not hot - details)1/2 tsp nutmeg3-4 tsp salt1 tsp pepper. Place them in the freezer (in a freezer bag) two days before; the evening before project day, remove them from the freezer. The recipe makes a lot - at least 3 dozen, maybe more depending upon the size of the cabbage leaves / rolls. https://www.food.com/recipe/cabbage-rolls-real-hungarian-style-98150 (Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. Get it free when you sign up for our newsletter. I did marry without kitchen credentials and elsewhere have referred to my early cooking repertoire of fried Spam and canned yams, and 101 ways to cook hamburger. Secure rolls … I rinse the rice and leave it covered in warm water while preparing the rest of the filling. Since they may be a bit wet, the rolling stage can be done on a tea towel. Put about 2 tablespoons of this meat and rice mixture on each cabbage leaf; fold sides in and roll up. Combine ground meats, chopped onion, rice, egg, salt, pepper, and paprika. Cut the larger outer leaves in half. I placed my cabbage rolls into roasting type pans (foil also works) in quantities that work for us - about 12-16 per pan. (If I pack too many goodies in my freezer, I can't fit in my ice cream maker). [Jump to Recipe]. I spread some of the finely sliced left-over cabbage on the bottom along with some tomato sauce/juice and placed one layer of rolls over top. 25.3 g Cover roaster, and once all comes to a kind of a boil, reduce temperature to about 300°F so it doesn't boil over. Cover the pot and cook on low for 6 to 8 hours. Because I use the freezer method to soften the cabbage leaves, start two days before by putting the cabbages into the freezer (inside a freezer bag). The leaves will peel off easily and they'll be soft enough to roll. Crock Pot Hungarian Stuffed Cabbage Rolls With Sauerkraut. Put about 2 tablespoons of this meat and rice mixture on each cabbage leaf; fold sides in and roll up. Remove from heat. In that case you simply make a roll shaped like a cone. Core cabbage, heat in salt water till leaves separate. Make sure that the water will be more than enough to cover the rice. One year, after Christmas, my boss brought in some of these cabbage rolls leftovers from a family dinner and they were so fantastic that I kept bugging him until his wife very kindly wrote out the recipe for me. Drain and reserve liquid. Your technique may not matter - but that's how we did it. More of the finely sliced cabbage can be spread on top. Trim off the heavy stem and flatten leaves somewhat. (see photo below). Check at 2 hours if the rice is done, and if not return the pan to the oven for another 30 minutes. Place the cabbage rolls seam side down in the slow cooker. Now fill the cabbage leaves with filling mixture; folding leaves. 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