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Stuffed Cabbage Rolls (Golabki)

Savoy cabbage, with it's looser structure and softer leaves, is much easier to work with than green cabbage, but either will taste great. Alternative method: To make stuffed cabbage meatballs, follow the directions as described below, but shred the cabbage and mix it into the meat and barley mixture instead of stuffing each leaf. Roll into 2-inch meatballs and bake in the sauce for 30 minutes, or until cooked through.
Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 45 minutes
Servings 24
Calories 200kcal


  • 1 head savoy or green cabbage
  • 1 ½ cups water
  • ½ cup barley
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 1 celery rib minced
  • 1 parsnip shredded
  • 2 carrots shredded
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • ½ pound ground pork
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 can 28 ounces whole peeled plum tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar


  • Using a sharp knife, remove the core from the cabbage. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil; boil the whole cabbage for 10 minutes. Carefully remove the cabbage from the pot and pat dry. Let cool.
  • Add 1 1/2 cup water and the barley to a saucepan. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer, Cover and cook 30 minutes, or until the water is absorbed and the barley is tender.
  • In a large skillet, melt the butter. Add the onion; cook 1-2 minutes, or until softened. Add the celery, parsnip and carrot; sauté 5 minutes, or until softened. Remove the vegetables from the heat. Stir in the beef, pork, and coked barley. Season with nutmeg and salt.
  • Heat the oven to 350ºF.
  • Carefully remove the leaves from the cabbage (you'll need 24 whole leaves). Spoon 2 tablespoons of filling onto each cabbage leaf; fold the top and bottom of the leaf around the filling, then roll it to completely surround the filling (like rolling a burrito.) Place seam-side down in a casserole pan.
  • In a food processor or blender, puree the tomatoes and vinegar. Pour the sauce over the cabbage rolls.
  • Bake for 1 hour.


1 serving = 2 cabbage rolls


Calories: 200kcal | Protein: 19.9g | Fat: 4.3g | Cholesterol: 5mg | Fiber: 5.3g