How to make Stuffed Cabbage

Stuffed cabbage is a staple food of Christmas in Hungary. It’s cooked other time of the year as well, of course, but it is a traditional Christmas dish. It’s relatively easy to make, all you need is some meat (well, a lot), a HUGE pot, and some time. And some other stuff; here’s the complete list:

0.7kg ground meat (pork, usually, but can use turkey)
0.5kg smoked trotters (elective)
0.5kg smoked clod (can use turkey)
1,5 kg sauerkraut
soured cabbage leafs (if not available, cook cabbage leafs instead)
2 onions
3-4 cloves of garlic
0.05kg smoked bacon
0.03kg smoked dry sausage (elective)
0.01kg rice
paprika
salt
pepper
Marjoram
ground cumin
1 egg
2 spoons of flour
oil
sour cream

As you can see the original (well, one of the original) version is quite loaded with calories. The recepie can be adopted freely for leaner versions, and using vegetarian ground meat imitations, even for vegetarians. The taste of smoked meat does make it taste better, though.

Preparation

 

 

 

Bacon and onions

Just use the fat from the bacon to brown the onions in.

Wash sauerkraut to get rid of the salt

This is crucial; usually there’s too much salt in sauerkraut.

Get approximately half of the browned onion out, and mix paprika into the rest. Add a cup of water.

Make sure you don’t burn the paprika. Just remove the pot from the heat, mix it in, add water, and put it back.

Add the smoked trotters

Add half of the sauerkraut

Cut up the cooked smoked clod

Mix it altogether

Preparation of the stuffing

Mix the ground meat with some browned onions and some herbs

Mix the in the cooked rice

Add an egg and mix well

Cut out the large veins from the soured cabbage leafs (you might cut them in half if they are big enough), and start filling them

Keep making these packages

Put them into the pot on top of the meat/sauerkraut prepared

Cover with the rest of the sauerkraut, and add paprika, pepper and herbs

Cook until tender.
Heat up the oil in a pan, add the flour, and mix it smooth, cook it until it’s a bit tan colored. Take it off the hob, add paprika, and mix. Wait until it cools, add (slowly) 200ml of water, and mix it smooth. Add to the cabbage, and cook for about 10-20 minutes.

This is how it will look like (source: mindmegette.hu)

Serve with mashed potatoes, add sour cream according to taste.

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