Saturday, October 04, 2014

Polish Stuffed Cabbage Rolls Recipes

Are you a little or a lot Polish? I am sharing Polish Stuffed Cabbage recipes to help celebrate your heritage. When I think about the Polish version, Martha Stewart is the one and only person who comes to mind. For many years, I watched her television program. Martha was always promoting those rolls, Polish style of course.

Polish Stuffed Cabbage Roll on plate
I often wondered if Martha ever tried the Hungarian version. Whilst I gave the Polish version another try not that long ago, it made me long for my grandma's recipe!

See that picture. That is an authentic Polish stuffed cabbage roll. I had that dish at Gaufre's & Goods, Inc. on Aviles Street in St Augustine, Florida.

You can get a variety of authentic Polish and Greek food at this restaurant!

On our Staycation FL in St. Augustine and World Golf Village, we dropped by this restaurant twice to sample their authentic Polish Pierogi and Stuffed Cabbage! They boast "a delightful combination of European pastries, ice cream, crispy waffles and so much more." What's cool about this restaurant is its location on the oldest street in the United States: Aviles Street.

Photo: Polish Stuffed Cabbage Roll in Tomato Sauce - copyright JaguarJulie.

Martha Stewart Polish Rolls Recipe
Includes a Granny Smith apple and sour cream!
martha stewart polish stuffed cabbage rolls

2 quarts water
1 large green cabbage (about 2 1/2 pounds)
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 large onion, chopped
1 garlic, finely chopped
2 cups cooked rice
8 ounces ground beef
8 ounces ground pork
Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
1 tablespoon dried parsley flakes
1 medium green pepper, grated
2 celery stalks with leaves, finely chopped
4 cups tomato puree
1 Granny Smith apple, peeled, cored, and chopped
1/2 cup sour cream, plus more for garnish

Using a paring knife, remove center core of cabbage. In a large nonreactive stockpot, bring 2 quarts water to a boil. Add cabbage and cook 2 to 3 minutes or until outer leaves are bright green and tender. Lift cabbage from water, and remove outer leaves. Return cabbage to boiling water, and repeat brief cooking and removal of leaves until all leaves are cooked. Reserve 2 cups cabbage cooking water. Trim thick center vein from bottom of each leaf. Reserve four large outer leaves to line bottom of pan.

In a medium skillet, melt butter over medium heat. Add onion and garlic, and cook until golden and tender, about 8 minutes. In a large bowl, combine onion mixture, rice, beef, pork, salt, pepper, parsley flakes, green pepper, and celery. Stir to combine.

Add about 1/3 cup rice filling to one leaf. Fold sides of leaf over filling, and, starting with the stem end, roll the cabbage up. Repeat with remaining leaves and filling.

Line a 5-quart Dutch oven with reserved outside leaves. Transfer stuffed cabbage leaves to Dutch oven.
In a large bowl, combine tomato puree and the reserved 2 cups of cooking water. Pour some of the tomato sauce over cabbage to almost cover. Sprinkle apple over top of cabbage leaves. Bring to a boil and immediately reduce to a gentle simmer; cover. Cook for 1 hour or until cabbage is very tender, adding additional tomato sauce as needed.

Place sour cream in a small bowl, and ladle in about 3/4 cup of tomato sauce from the cooked rolls. Whisk to combine. Add sour cream mixture back to Dutch oven, and stir to combine. Serve with additional sour cream.

Watch Martha Stewart's video for learning how to make her recipe. You know you have to credit Martha Stewart with popularizing THE authentic Polish version.

How to Make Polish Stuffed Cabbage Rolls

Check out Martha's various rolls recipes
  1. Pork and Beef Recipe
  2. Beef and Rice Recipe
  3. Vegetarian Rice Recipe

Stuffed Cabbage Taste Comparison!

Lean Cuisine:
Since I was doing a taste test between Polish and Hungarian, I opted to expand my tastes to try some store bought! Lean Cuisine's version tastes yummy for store bought! It's low in calories too! These rolls are filled with a mixture of ground beef, rice and seasonings and served with tomato sauce and mashed potatoes. Of course it's not spot-on to grandma's best stuffed cabbage rolls ever, but it's not bad for store bought.

Nutrition Information: Fat - 4g, Calories - 220, Weight Watchers Points - 4

MealMart Passover Edition:
MealMart Passover Edition stuffed cabbage rolls
Many of you who follow my lenses and follow me on twitter know that I was preparing for an Easter visit by mom and her boyfriend. Well, we were all excited because mom was bringing stuffed cabbage. Unbeknownst to us though, mom BOUGHT that version rather than making it.

She had found MealMart's Passover Edition at the local supermarket. It was something new and at about $11.00 for 6 stuffed cabbage rolls, she thought it would be great to surprise me. I was disappointed first that mom didn't make HER own, but I was up to trying a new kind.

I won't keep you in suspense! We did NOT like this stuffed cabbage. Let me repeat myself ... We did NOT like it at all. The meat stuffing was dark and unrecognizable plus bland tasting. The leftover 2 rolls along with what could be scraped from our plates went outside for the cats and raccoons.

I don't recommend buying this -- but rather recommend that you try one of the Polish recipes instead. Then, try my Hungarian recipes and you'll realize you've just had the best tasting rolls in the world ... ever!

Hey there! Are you ready to start cooking like Martha? Get your copy of Martha Stewart's Cooking School: Lessons and Recipes for the Home Cook and get started.

This book is reportedly "the new gold standard for everyone who truly wants to know his or her way around the kitchen."

Imagine having Martha Stewart at your side in the kitchen, teaching you how to hold a chef’s knife, select the very best ingredients, truss a chicken, make a perfect pot roast, prepare every vegetable, bake a flawless pie crust, and much more.

What a thrill that would be, eh? That and a plate of Polish Stuffed Cabbage Rolls : yumm yumm.

Thanks for Visiting!

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History: Stuffed Cabbage : The Best Stuffed Cabbage Rolls Ever was originally created on Squidoo by JaguarJulie on December 21, 2007. In December 2008, it was voted the 'Best Cooking Lens' in the 2008 Giant Squid Awards Competition for Food and Cooking. On April 16, 2009 this lens earned the Purple Star Award for quality content.

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