Before Cooking


Makes about 18 Polish Cabbage Rolls

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour

Total Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes

1 whole head cabbage, about 4 pounds

1 large onion, chopped

2 tablespoons butter

1 pound ground beef

1/2 pound ground pork

1 1/2 cups cooked rice

1 teaspoon finely chopped garlic

1 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon black pepper

1 cup beef stock

Sour cream for garnish (optional)


Heat oven to 350 degrees.

Core cabbage; scald in boiling water. Remove leaves one at a time as they wilt. Cool before using. You will need about 18 leaves.

When leaves are cool enough to handle, use a

paring knife to cut away the thick center stem from each leaf, without cutting all the way through.

Chop the remaining cabbage and place it in the bottom of a casserole dish or Dutch oven.

Saute the chopped onion in butter in a large frying pan until tender, and let it cool.

Mix cooled onions with beef, pork, rice, garlic, salt and black pepper until well combined. Don’t overmix or the meat will become tough.

Place about 1/2 cup of meat on each cabbage leaf. Roll away from you to encase the meat. Flip the right side of the leaf to the middle, then flip the left side. You will have something that looks like an envelope. Once again, roll away from you to create a neat little roll.

Place the cabbage rolls on top of the chopped cabbage in the casserole dish or Dutch oven, seasoning each layer with salt and pepper. Pour beef stock over rolls, cover and place in oven. Bake for 1 hour or until cabbage is tender and meat is cooked.

Serve with pan juices and a drizzle of sour cream, or mix the pan juices with sour cream and ladle it over the cabbage rolls.when cabbage rolls are cooked, pour of any remaining pan liquid that has not been absorbed, stir in 1 c sour cream and enough stock to make 3 c sauce; 1/2 a mushroom cube will greatly improve its taste; drench cabbage rolls with sauce and bake another 15-20 min

Cabbage rolls freeze well before or after cooking, and can be made in a slow cooker (see your manufacturer’s instructions).