Easy Polish stuffed cabbage rolls recipe

by tealmermaid

An easy and delicious recipe for Polish-style stuffed cabbage rolls.

What are stuffed cabbage rolls? A cabbage roll is a rolled cabbage leaf stuffed with meat, rice, and spices, similar in form to the Greek dolmades (stuffed grape leaves). I like to add a grated carrot to my rolls to add colour and texture. They reheat wonderfully the next day in addition to being a delicious comfort food. Smaller cabbage rolls can be a tasty appetizer, while larger ones can be served as entreé with a side of dumplings or homemade mashed potatoes.

How to make Stuffed Cabbage Rolls

Cook Time

Prep time: 1 hour
Cook time: 45 min
Ready in: 1 hour 45 min
Yields: About 16 rolls


  • 1 large cabbage
  • 1.5 lbs ground meat (pork or lamb work especially well)
  • 1 large carrot, grated
  • 2 cups cooked rice
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 1 teaspoon ground sumac
  • 2 tablespoons parsley, chopped fine
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon Turkish oregano
  • 1 tablespoon sweet paprika
  • 1 cup water or broth
A pair of miniature stuffed cabbage rolls.
A pair of miniature stuffed cabbage r...

Instructions for stuffed cabbage rolls

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Core the cabbage, then place into a stockpot of boiling water until the outer leaves soften (about 10 minutes). Remove the leaves, then continuing boiling until the next row of leaves is softened. Repeat until all large leaves are removed. With a paring knife, shave the center rib from each leaf so they will be easier to roll.
  3. While the leaves are in progress, brown the meat with all seasonings in a 10" skillet for the roll filling. When it is done, transfer the meat to a large mixing bowl and combine with rice, grated carrot, and eggs until thoroughly mixed.
  4. On a clean work surface, spread out one cabbage leaf. Place about two tablespoons of the filling into the leaf (more for larger leaves, less for smaller ones), then roll closed. Place roll into a dutch oven with the seam side down. Repeat until all filling has been used.
  5. When all the rolls are made, pour in the water or broth, then close the dutch oven. Bake at 350 for about thirty minutes. Remove from oven. Top with sour cream, sauerkraut, or a homemade tomato sauce and enjoy.

Instead of cooking in the dutch oven,

the rolls can also be steamed in a steamer

for same amount of time.

Stuffed cabbage rolls around the world

  • Gołąbki - Poland
  • Golubtsí - Ukraine
  • Golubtsy - Russia
  • Halubcy - Belarus
  • Holubky - Czech Republic and Slovakia
  • Holishkes - Ashkenazi Jewish
  • Kåldolmar - Sweden
  • Kaalikääryleet - Finland
  • Kohlroulade - Austria
  • Krautwickel - Germany
  • Lahana dolması - Turkey
  • Lahanodolmades -- Greece
  • Mahshi kuronb - Egypt
  • Rōru kyabetsu - Japan
  • Sarma - Serbia
  • Sarmale - Romania
  • Töltött káposzta - Hungary

Whatever you call them, they are delicious!

A large cabbage roll makes a filling meal.
A large cabbage roll makes a filling ...
Treasured Polish Recipes for Americans

The recipes are simple enough for new cooks to follow and sure to bring back fond memories in experienced Polish cooks. If your grandmother's recipes were never written down, give this book a try to recreate old favourites.

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Updated: 06/03/2017, tealmermaid
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