Stuffed cabbage the slovak way

Stuffed Cabbage The Slovak Way Recipe

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linda robinson


This is a recipe handed down from my slovak grandmother. It does not use any tomato products like the american version of stuffed cabbage does.My sister wanted me to keep it a family secret, but it is to good not to share.We serve it with fresh baked rye bread/butter

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30 Min
2 Hr
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3 lg heads of cabbage
3 lbs lean hamburger (raw)
1 1/2 cups uncooked minute rice
3 large eggs
medium onion (optional)
salt and pepper to taste
6 to 10 tbl white vinegar or to taste
1/2 cup crisco
1/2 cup flour

How to Make Stuffed cabbage the slovak way


  • 1Place heads of cabbage in a large stock pot, core side up.Fill with enough water to boil.when it starts to boil cut around core to allow leaves to fall/loosen away from core.Remove core and save.Place cabbage leaves on a big platter.Reserve the cabbage water as well.Cut the thick core off the back of each cabbage leaf.Mix raw hamburger, 3 eggs, uncooked rice, salt and pepper, together.In Large pot may have to use 2 pots. place some shredded cabbage from core on bottom of pan or leaves that you can't use to stuff. Place a small amount of hamb mixture on each leaf, roll and tuck sides in as you roll.Place on top shredded cabbage seam sides down.
  • 2Fill pan 3/4 way with rolled cabbage, fill pan enough to cover cabbage with reserved cabbage water.
  • 3Simmer about an hour. Then put 6 Tbl or to taste of vinegar in with the rolled cabbage. Make a roux with the flour and crisco, cook until it is a medium to dark color brown.Add it to the pan and simmer cabbage another 1/2 to an hour more, or until cabbage is tender and soft.Start with 6 Tbl vinegar and taste as it cooks to see if you want to add more.
  • 4*****FOOTNOTE*****
    We like to serve it with fresh rye bread. And is even better tasting the next day as leftovers

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About Stuffed cabbage the slovak way

Course/Dish: Beef, Other Main Dishes
Main Ingredient: Beef
Regional Style: Polish

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