Meat Filled Cabbage Rolls (Russian Golubzi)

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Russian Golubzi are cabbage rolls stuffed with ground beef or pork, rice, onion, carrot and garlic, then simmered in tomato and sour cream sauce. The recipe is a bit time consuming, but easy to make.
Meat Filled Cabbage Rolls (Russian Golubzi)

Ingredients

  • 1 cabbage (we will need just 9 cabbage leaves for this recipe)
  • 1/2 cup rice (white, uncooked)
  • 1 pound ground beef (or ground pork)
  • 1 onion (medium)
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 carrot
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 2/3 cup sour cream (plus additional 1-2 tablespoons per serving)
  • 5 tablespoons tomato sauce (or ketchup)
  • salt (to taste)
  • pepper (to taste)
Yield:
cabbage rolls
Prep time:
30 minutes
Cook time:
1 hour, 20 minutes
Total time:
1 hour, 50 minutes
Yield: 9 cabbage rolls | Prep time: 30 minutes | Cook time: 1 hour, 20 minutes | Total time: 1 hour, 50 minutes

Instructions

1. Wash rice thoroughly. Bring the rice and water to boil in a small or medium saucepan over high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover and simmer until rice is tender and the liquid has been absorbed, 20 to 25 minutes. Allow rice to cool slightly.
2. Meantime, grate the carrot and finely chop the onion and garlic.
3. Remove the core from the cabbage. Carefully separate 9 leaves.
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4. Bring a large pot of water to boil, place cabbage leaves in the water, cook 3 minutes. Drain. (You can also freeze the head of cabbage and as it thaws the leaves easily peel away and you don't need to boil them).
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5. In a medium skillet, heat the oil, saute onion and carrot for about 5 minutes.
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6. In a large bowl, mix together meat, onion, carrot, garlic, and cooked rice. Season the mixture with salt and pepper, stir until well combined.
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7. Remove any tough ribs from cabbage leaves using a thin knife. Spoon equal amounts of the meat mixture and rice mixture onto the center of each cabbage leaf. Bring one end of cabbage leaf over mixture, roll tucking ends in to prevent any filling from falling out.
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8. In a medium bowl, mix together 2/3 cup sour cream, tomato sauce and water, using enough just to cover the cabbage rolls.
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9. Arrange the rolls in a large pot, pour the sour cream and tomato mixture over the top. Cover and bring to boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer, covered, for about 40 minutes.
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10. Serve hot, topped with sour cream.

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great dinner

JohnBell August 6, 2013 9:31 AM
this was my first time making Russian Cabbage Rolls. Well, a bit time consuming, but worth the effort! Followed the recipe exactly as written. Loved the sauce. We loved this dish and I will definitely make this a lot. They freeze well!
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Excellent tasting!

Jimmd April 12, 2013 9:56 AM
I think this is one of the best recipes that I have had for cabbage rolls for years. I steamed the cabbage in microwave instead of boiling it . I loosely covered the head and it turned out very nicely.
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