Galabki (REAL Polish Stuffed Cabbage)
- 3 lb
- lean ground beef
- 2 large
- onions, thinly sliced
- 3/4 c
- uncooked rice, cooked according to package directions
- 1 large
- or 2 small pieces of salt pork
- 3 large
- cans redpack whole tomatoes
- 2 large
- heads of cabbage, cored
- salt and pepper to taste
1. Cook your rice according to package directions.
2. While rice is cooking, Slice rind from salt pork.
3. Dice the salt pork and place in large frying pan.
4. Melt down until salt pork browns.
5. Remove salt pork with slotted spoon, leaving drippings in the pan. Dispose of browned salt pork
6. Add onions to drippings and saute' until soft.
7. Put ground beef in large bowl and add cooked rice, salt and pepper.
8. Remove cooked onions from drippings with slotted spoon when soft, leaving drippings in the pan. Add onions to the meat mixture.
Add cored cabbage heads to the boiling water.
Bring to a boil again and cook cabbage until leaves are pliable.
Remove cooked cabbage into colander to drain.
DO NOT discard torn or outer leaves!!
Put the salt pork rind fat side down on the bottom of the pot.
Spoon salt pork drippings in, enough to cover the bottom of the pot.
Take the large "extra" cabbage leaves and layer on top of the salt pork and drippings (this will prevent the stuffed cabbages from sticking during cooking).
Place mounded tablespoon of meat mixture on the cabbage leaf (the amount is dependent on the size of the leaf being used so it could be more or it could be less), closest to the veined end of the leaf.
Roll the end of the leaf over the meat, fold the sides in and continue rolling.
Continue until all cabbage leaves are stuffed.
Pour the warmed tomatoes over the layer of shredded cabbage.
Slowly bring to a gentle bubble.
Turn down and simmer slowly for 4 hours, until cabbage is done.