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Sarmale / Golubtzi (Stuffed Cabbage)

This is a very traditional Romanian / Moldovan recipe. This dish is a must on everyone's table for every holiday in Romania. In fact, there are thousands of recipes for this dish, because it is very popular in Central and Eastern Europe countries like Russia, Romania, Ukraine, Poland etc. Each region makes them differently. In Russia they call them Golubtzi, in Poland - Golabki. Traditionally, for sarmale, they use sour cabbage, but since my family prefers sweeter sarmale, I always use fresh cabbage.

If you are from that part of the world, who has strayed away from home and real home cooking try this and be ready to be taken back in time! You can eat these as a complete meal or add whatever side dish you might enjoy in combination with these sarmale. Yum!

Posted on February 17, 2010

Makes 6 servings

IngredientsSarmale Golubtzi

1 cup long grain rice, uncooked

1 lb ground pork

2 large onions, chopped

2 large carrots, chopped

3 tbsp tomato paste

1/3 cup tomato sauce

1/2 cup fresh parsley, chopped

2 tbsp fresh dill, chopped

2 tsp salt

1 tsp black pepper

1/3 cup vegetable oilSarmaleSarmale

1 large head cabbage

Tomato sauce

3 cups tomato sauce

4 cups water

1 tsp salt

1/2 tsp black pepper


1. Heat the oil in a large skillet and saute the onions and the carrots until soft, about 5 minutes. Add the tomato paste, the tomato sauce, salt, and black pepper, stir very well and cook for another 1 minute.

2. Meanwhile, put the rice and the ground pork in a large pot. Add the onion and tomato mixture, the fresh parsley, the dill and mix very well. Stir until everything is well blended. Let it cool.

3. Carefully core the leaves from the head of cabbage, and place them in a large pot with boiling water. Boil them for about 3-4 minutes, until tender and pliable. Let cool.

4. Place about 2 tablespoons of rice and pork mixture onto a cabbage leaf, fold over the edges and roll up. Place the stuffed cabbage rolls in a baking dish. I use standard glass Pyrex or other rectangular baking dishes.

5. To make the sauce, mix the tomato sauce, water, salt and black pepper very well. Pour the sauce over the stuffed cabbage, cover with foil and bake at 350 F for 1- 1 1/2 hours.

Serve hot with sour cream.




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