Exploring the Timeless Delight of Cabbage Rolls

Cabbage rolls, the very mention of this beloved dish can evoke a myriad of emotions and memories. For many, cabbage rolls are more than just a meal – they are a piece of history, a connection to the past, and a testament to the enduring nature of comfort food.

A Tapestry of Traditions

Cabbage rolls are a dish that transcends borders and brings families together. They are cherished in various cultures, from the Golabki of Poland to the Sarma of the Balkans. The core idea remains the same: cabbage leaves lovingly encasing a filling, often a mix of meat, rice, and a medley of seasonings.

The Art of Rolling

Crafting the perfect cabbage roll is an art form. It’s about selecting the finest cabbage leaves and then gently folding them around a filling, sealing in all the flavors. This process, passed down through generations, encapsulates the essence of homemade comfort food.

Versatile and Adaptable

One of the wonders of cabbage rolls is their versatility. They are a blank canvas for culinary creativity. Fillings can range from classic ground meat and rice to entirely vegetarian options. Sauces can be rich and tomato-based or light and lemony. The cabbage roll adapts to the tastes and traditions of the cook, making it truly universal.

A Hearty, Homely Meal

The simplicity of cabbage rolls is part of their charm. They are hearty and filling, providing sustenance and warmth. Whether enjoyed on a cozy winter evening or as a symbol of celebration during festive gatherings, cabbage rolls have a place on the table in countless households.

A Story in Every Bite

Every bite of a cabbage roll carries with it stories of family gatherings, of shared kitchens, and of traditions passed on. These little parcels of comfort hold within them the history of kitchens around the world.

In the end, cabbage rolls are not just food; they are a tribute to culture, a symbol of unity, and a reminder that sometimes, the most cherished dishes are the simplest. They bring us back to our roots, to the heart of the home, and to the essence of family.

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Old fashioned cabbage Rolls

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  • Author: The kilted Chef
  • Yield: Serves 6


Units Scale
  • 2 tbsp of olive
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 6 chives chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tsp hot sauce
  • 3 tsp soy sauce
  • 1 cup cooked rice
  • 2 eggs beaten
  • 2 14 oz cans of diced tomatoes
  • 4 oz of tomato paste
  • 1 Tbsp of dried oregano
  • 1 Tbsp of dried basil
  • 1 tsp of cayenne pepper
  • 6 chives chopped
  • 1 tbsp of fresh parsley
  • 1/2 cup prepared mustard
  • 1/2 cup barbecue sauce
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup cider vinegar
  • 1 head of Chinese cabbage, leaves removed


  1. Heat the olive oil in a frying pan. Brown the ground beef along with the onion, chives, and garlic.
  2. Add the hot sauce, soy sauce and rice. Mix to combine and set aside to cool. Once cool, mix in the beaten eggs.
  3. Place the diced tomatoes,tomato paste, dried oregano, dried basil, cayenne pepper, chives, parsley, mustard, bbq sauce, ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, brown sugar and cider vinegar into a saucepan bring to a gentle boil then reduce and simmer for 5 minutes.
  4. Fill a bowl with boiling water and soak the cabbage leaves for 2 minutes. Remove the leaves from the water and shave down the core so that it isn’t quite so thick.
  5. Place approximately 1/4 cup of filling in the center of each leaf, roll the leaf while tucking the ends into the center. Place the cabbage roll with the seam at the bottom into a 9X9 baking pan that has had a drizzle of olive oil added. Continue until the pan is full.
  6. Pour the sauce over the cabbage rolls. Cover with foil and place into a preheated 350-degree oven for 1 hour.
  7. Remove the foil and bake for another 20 minutes.
  • Category: Entrees, beef, recipes