Pigs in the blankets
I think that Gołąbki – Polish cabbage rolls are one of most popular and most liked Polish dish. Exactly as is in my family home. When my mum asks my children what to cook for our visit, they say: Gołąbki:)
There are many ways to prepare gołąbki, my Mum boils, while many people bake them. Many people cook them in tomato sauce, I prefer to cook gołąbki in a light broth and make a tomato sauce for serving.
- cabbage head
- 1 and half lb / 600 g ground meat, pork or pork-beef mixture
- 1 cup rice
- small onion
- 2 cloves of garlic
- 3-4 tablespoons chopped parsley
- 1 teaspoon salt
- half teaspoon pepper
- half teaspoon red paprika powder
- 2 cups tomato juice/ tomato puree
- 3 cups broth
Core the cabbage head and place it in a large pot and turn on the heating. As it boils the leaves loosen up to remove. You can boil or steam cabbage, you need to get it fork tender. Lay leaves on a clean dish towel to absorb the water.
Many people use another trick: they freeze the whole head of cabbage the week before then thaw out the night before and the leaves come right off.
In the meantime cook rice according to the box instructions or do it as follows: Place rice in a saucepan, rinse few times until the water is clean. Add 2 cups of water and half tablespoon of salt, place on the stove top. Bring to boil, stir, cover and put off the fire. After 10 minutes rice will absorb the whole water from the saucepan and will be ready. This is actually also a budget way to cook rice- you cut on electricity:) all you need to remember is that the cover needs to close the dish tightly, so that the heat stayed inside.
Place meat in a bowl, add seasoning: salt, pepper and red paprika. Add chopped onion, garlic and parsley. Mix with cooled rice. I like to have 1 part of meat and one part of rice, but you can manipulate the ratio according to your likes.
Gołąbki – Polish cabbage rolls assembling
Take one leaf of cabbage, cut excess stingy tough seam of cabbage if necessary. Place a generous portion of meat in the center, fold in the sides and roll up the cabbage. Place in a pot/baking dish with a seam side down. Continue till you run out off cabbage leaves or/and meat:)
COOKING IN THE POT
Place gołąbki in the pot, top up with a mixture of 2 cups of broth and 2 cups of water, bring to boil and simmer 45-50 minutes.
BAKING IN A CASSEROLE DISH
Place gołąbki in a casserole dish, top up with a mixture of 2 cups of broth and one cup of water. Bake in 180C /360 F for 45 minutes.
Gołabki – Polish cabbage rolls are best for me served with tomato sauce: place tomato puree in a sauce pan, add a cup of broth, season with salt, pepper, dried garlic, onion and paprika, simmer till it gets thick.
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