Stuffed cabbage (known in Polish as Golabki) is a comforting dish consisting of tender cabbage leaves wrapped around juicy ground beef, veggies, and rice, then smothered in a delicious tomato sauce. It’s a perfect cold weather meal!
The cabbage is boiled, not overcooked, which makes it flexible enough to wrap, yet still somewhat firm. It’s also cooked with onions and garlic, then simmered with tomatoes, vinegar, brown sugar, raisins, and salt. The sugar is added to cut down the acidity of the tomatoes and bring out their natural sweetness. The dish is usually served with sour cream, breadsticks or hard dinner rolls, and it pairs well with most any vegetable, including carrots, rutabaga, and sweet potatoes.
To make the stuffed cabbage:
Half fill a large pot with water and bring to a boil. Using a paring knife, remove the core of the cabbage. Once the water is boiling, carefully submerge a leaf of cabbage in the pot for a few minutes until it becomes flexible and easily peels off; transfer to a colander and drain. Repeat with the remaining 7-8 leaves, until all the cabbage is boiled, pliable, and has been peeled and transferred to a colander. Using a kitchen towel, gently pat each cabbage leaf dry. كرنب محشي