Stuffed Polish Cabbage (Golumpki)

Discover the heartwarming flavors of traditional Polish cuisine with this authentic recipe for Stuffed Polish Cabbage, also known as Golumpki. A beloved dish in Poland, Golumpki combines the savory goodness of meat and rice wrapped in tender cabbage leaves, baked to perfection.

This dish is a testament to the simplicity and richness of Eastern European culinary traditions, offering a comforting meal that brings families together. Whether you’re exploring Polish cuisine for the first time or revisiting a cherished family recipe, this Golumpki recipe promises a delicious journey into Poland’s culinary heritage.


For the Cabbage:

  • 1 large green cabbage

Golumpki Filling:

  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • ½ pound ground pork
  • ½ small yellow onion, grated
  • 4 large garlic cloves, grated
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon peel (from 1 lemon)
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 2 cups cooked rice
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  1. Prepare the Cabbage:
    • Bring a large pot of water to a boil.
    • Core the cabbage and carefully place it in the boiling water. Boil for a few minutes, then peel off the softened leaves. Repeat until you have enough leaves for wrapping the filling. Set the leaves aside to cool.
  2. Make the Filling:
    • In a large bowl, combine the ground beef, ground pork, grated onion, grated garlic cloves, grated lemon peel, beaten egg, and cooked rice. Mix well until all ingredients are evenly distributed.
  3. Assemble the Golumpki:
    • Take a cabbage leaf and place a portion of the filling in the center. Fold in the sides and roll up the leaf to encase the filling. Repeat with the remaining leaves and filling.
  4. Cook the Golumpki:
    • Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C).
    • Place the stuffed cabbage rolls in a baking dish, seam side down.
    • You can cover them with a tomato-based sauce or a mixture of tomato sauce and water if desired.
    • Cover the baking dish with aluminum foil and bake in the preheated oven for about 1 hour, or until the meat is cooked through.
  5. Serve:
    • Serve the Golumpki hot, with the sauce spooned over them. They can be accompanied by sour cream or a side of mashed potatoes, if desired.

Enjoy your homemade Stuffed Polish Cabbage (Golumpki)!

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