Polish Red Cabbage Rolls

I did my homework when I found I’d be marrying into a Polish descending family. I found that pirogi (dumplings filled with fruit or meat) and cabbage rolls were among they most popular, and now i can see why.

The original recipe for these contained rice and cornstarch, but i find that neither is necessary to have a delicious authentic experience of cabbage rolls. Essentially, they are ground meat, mushrooms, seasonings and egg all wrapped in a cabbage leaf and adorned with a peppy tomato sauce that gives it the right edge.

I will present this mostly in picture steps for ease of explaining the folding of the leaves.

So easy right?? Lets get creative and try these out with all different sorts of combinations. Lamb, Beef, the possibilities leave me salivating!


1 medium head of red cabbage

2 lb ground turkey, beef, or lamb

1 egg

1 cup chopped mushrooms

1/2 cup chopped onion

1 1/2 tsp salt

1 tsp minced garlic

1/4 tsp black pepper

1/4 tsp cumin

1 can diced tomatoes (pureed in a blender, can also use crushed tomatoes if you want)

1 tsp lemon juice

1/2 tsp onion powder

1/2 tsp minced garlic

1 tbsp butter

1 tsp honey

Preheat oven to 350° and mix all ingredients from turkey through cumin in a bowl while you get a large pot of water boiling, then set mixture aside while we get ready to remove cabbage leaves in hot water. With water boiling, turn off heat and gently set the head of cabbage in for 5 minutes removing carefully. Remove as many leaves as will easily come off without tearing. You may have to return the head of cabbage for a few more applications to make sure you have at least 10 leaves to work with. Now, with your leaves and meat mixture to the side, saute minced garlic in butter until brown, then add tomato, lemon juice and honey and whisk, cooking on medium to thicken it up, allowing to cook while you fill cabbage leaves  with meat mixture. Spoon  1/2 cup of the tomato mix into the meat mixture.  Following the pictures above, do not over fill the leaves or they will not fold properly. Bake the cabbage rolls topped with tomato sauce for 45 minutes.


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