Polish Cabbage Rolls-Golabki

Pat Duran


This recipe is from my mother in law who was 100% Polish and often made golabki for Sunday dinner.
It's pronounced- gaw-WOHP-kee. This recipe like soup is better the next day. I hope you try this recipe- it is really very good!


★★★★★ 4 votes

makes 18 cabbage rolls
30 Min
1 Hr


  • 1 large
    head of cabbage
  • 1/4 tsp
    ground cloves
  • 1 lb
    lean ground beef
  • 1 lb
    ground pork or turkey
  • 1 medium
    onion, diced
  • 2 tsp
    minced garlic
  • to taste
    salt and pepper
  • 1 large
  • 1 medium
    golden delicious apple, grated
  • 1 1/2 c
    cooked white rice
  • 3 1/2 c
    hunt's tomato sauce
  • 1/4 c
    dark brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 1/4 c
    red wine,optional
  • 1 c
    beef broth
  • 1/4 c
    lemon juice
  • 1 c
    dairy sour cream

How to Make Polish Cabbage Rolls-Golabki


  1. Core cabbage and place cored side up in a deep bowl or saucepan. cover with boiling water; let stand 5 minutes to soften and loosen leaves; drain. Remove 18 leaves and reserve. Place remaining cabbage on cutting board and shred or slice up. Place the shredded cabbage in the bottom of a buttered or sprayed baking pan. Sprinkle lightly with ground clove; set pan aside.
  2. In a large bowl combine the beef and pork,salt and pepper,egg, shredded apple , onion and garlic; mix until well combined.Place mixture into a large skillet and cook until mixture is cooked and scrambled and meat is no longer pink- it does not need to be fully cooked it will finish in the oven. Drain any grease.
  3. Preheat oven to 350^.
    Mix the cooked rice into the meat mixture. Stir well to blend.
    Place about 1/2 cup of mixture in the center of each cabbage leaf. Roll up, folding ends over,envelope style- like egg roll. Place each roll seam side down in baking pan on top of the shredded cabbage.Combine wine and beef broth and pour over cabbage rolls.
  4. Combine tomato sauce, brown sugar and lemon juice; set aside. Cover pan with foil and bake for 40 minutes.Remove cover and pour tomato mixture over cabbage and bake for 20 minutes uncovered.
  5. Serve with pan juices and drizzle of sour cream or thicken the pan juices with sour cream and pour the sauce over the cabbage rolls.

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About Polish Cabbage Rolls-Golabki

Course/Dish: Beef Turkey Pork
Main Ingredient: Turkey
Regional Style: Polish
Recipe For: The Best Cabbage

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