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Authentic Polish Stuffed Cabbage Rolls Recipe {How to Make Cabbage Rolls the Easy Way}

Authentic Polish Stuffed Cabbage Rolls Recipe (Golabki)

Authentic Polish Stuffed Cabbage Rolls, or Golabki, are a beloved dish that encapsulates the heart and soul of Polish cuisine. The recipe involves tender cabbage leaves, generously filled with a flavorful mixture of ground meat (usually a blend of pork and beef), rice, onions, and aromatic spices. These rolls are then gently simmered in a rich tomato sauce until they reach perfection.
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 30 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Polish
Servings 6 servings


For the Cabbage Rolls:

  • 1  large head of cabbage
  • 1 pound ground pork
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 cup white rice
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 egg
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • ½ tsp marjoram

For the Tomato Sauce:

  • 2 cans (14 ounces each) crushed tomatoes
  • ¼ cup tomato paste
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp white vinegar
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • Start by blanching the cabbage leaves in a large pot of boiling water until they become pliable. Remove and let them cool.
  • In a mixing bowl, combine the ground pork, ground beef, cooked rice, chopped onion, minced garlic, egg, salt, pepper, paprika, and marjoram. Mix well.
  • Place a spoonful of the meat mixture onto each cabbage leaf and roll them up, tucking in the sides.
  • Arrange the cabbage rolls in a large, heavy-bottomed pot.
  • In a separate bowl, combine the crushed tomatoes, tomato paste, brown sugar, white vinegar, salt, and pepper. Pour this tomato sauce over the cabbage rolls.
  • Cover the pot and simmer over low heat for about 2 hours, allowing the flavors to meld and the rolls to become tender.


Cooking Tips for the Best Results:

  1. Choose a cabbage with large, flexible leaves for easier rolling.
  2. Parboil the cabbage leaves briefly to soften them without overcooking.
  3. Make sure the meat mixture is well-seasoned for a flavorful filling.
  4. Simmer the cabbage rolls gently over low heat to ensure they cook evenly.
  5. Golabki taste even better when reheated, so consider making them a day ahead for a richer flavor.

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FAQs about Authentic Polish Stuffed Cabbage Rolls Recipe

Can I use a different type of cabbage?

While traditional Golabki use green cabbage, you can experiment with savoy or Napa cabbage for a unique twist.

What can I substitute for the meat?

If you prefer a vegetarian version, use a mixture of cooked rice, mushrooms, and onions as a filling.

How do I prevent the cabbage rolls from falling apart?

Ensure you roll them tightly and secure them with toothpicks or kitchen twine.

Can I freeze Golabki?

Yes, you can freeze them once they are cooked. Thaw and reheat in the oven or on the stovetop.

What side dishes go well with Golabki?

Golabki pair wonderfully with mashed potatoes and a dollop of sour cream for a refreshing contrast.

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