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Polish Cabbage Rolls (Golabki)

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  • 1 head cabbage
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1/2 pound ground pork or turkey
  • 1 (16 ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 1 (8 ounce) can tomatoes
  • 2 cups cooked rice
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Remove core from cabbage. Scald cabbage in boiling water and remove leaves as they soften.
  2. Sauté onions in butter very lightly, but do not brown. Combine with the meats, rice, eggs and seasonings. Mix well.
  3. Place 2 tablespoons of mixture in center of cabbage leaf and roll.
  4. Wrap in bacon strips and insert wooden picks to hold together.
  5. Place in bottom of a heavy Dutch oven.
  6. Pour tomato sauce over rolls, then squeeze tomatoes from can and arrange on top of rolls.
  7. Simmer over low heat for 2 hours.