The Szilagyi / Ur Family's Hungarian Stuffed Cabbage (Töltött Káposzta)
How to Make The Szilagyi / Ur Family's Hungarian Stuffed Cabbage (Töltött Káposzta)
- Remove core from head of cabbage. Place in a large dutch oven or stockpot and cover cabbage head with water. Bring to a boil; boil until outer leaves loosen from head. Pull off loose cabbage leaves (should be soft and tender) and set aside on plate into large to small piles (cabbage leaves on the outside are bigger than ones closest to the inside which are small). Repeat until all leaves are removed. Remove tough center stalk from each leaf. For leaves that are too small to be used, do not discard, rather chop them and set aside in a bowl.
- In a large bowl mix together ground beef, beaten egg and uncooked rice with hands until combined thoroughly.
- In a large dutch oven or stockpot, line the bottom with chopped cabbage.
- Beginning with the largest cabbage leaves, lay flat and fill leaf with meat mixture and roll up tucking in sides. Inside the pot, place the larger stuffed cabbage rolls on top of the chopped cabbage. When you have completed one layer, top with some diced tomatoes and sauerkraut remembering to reserve some for more layers.
- After completing the next layer of cabbage rolls, top with more diced tomatoes and sauerkraut and repeat until you have placed all cabbage rolls into the pot. ***Always put the biggest cabbage rolls on the bottom, the medium ones in the middle and the smallest ones on top***
Top with remaining tomatoes, sauerkraut and chopped cabbage.
- Any cabbage leaves that remain after you have used all the meat mixture, chop them up and use them for topping along with tomatoes and sauerkraut.
- Fill the pot 3/4 of the way with water and the tomato juice from the can of tomatoes and cover. Turn on stove burner to medium high heat until water comes to a boil then reduce to low heat and cook for 1-2 hours until the meat inside the stuffed cabbage is no longer pink and the rice is soft and fluffy. ***You may have to add more water as it cooks, just be sure to consistently make sure the pot is filled 3/4 with water.***
- Serve hot topped with tomatoes, sauerkraut and chopped cabbage for a beautiful presentation, authenticity, and for an array of flavors! Sprinkle with your desired amount of salt and enjoy!