How I Learned to Make Polish Cabbage Rolls: Golumpki: a Tribute to Alice Who Taught Me Her Specialty dish
My future Mother-In-Law was Amazing
Alice was a special and amazing lady. She could speak Lithuanian, Polish, Russian,
and English languages fluently.
Her parents moved to the United States when she was two years of age. Learning one language is difficult enough for most children, but to learn four is amazing.
Meeting an Amazing Lady
Before we were married, my fiancé took me to meet his mother. His mother, Alice had prepared dinner for us, her specialty.
Alice always prepared her special dish for all family get-togethers and special occasions, and I felt very much honored that she considered meeting me a special occasion.
Golumpki - Polish Cabbage Rolls
Cabbage Rolls - Golumpki
The Aroma was Making Me Hungry
When we arrived at Alice’s house, she had company. One of her friends from Lithuania brought a letter written in Polish for Alice to translate for her. That is how I learned of her ability to read, write and speak different languages.
After her visitor left, grandchildren began arriving or calling to request that their grandmother save them some of her special dish. I was not surprised the aroma was making me so hungry, I could hardly stand it.
Alice seemed to know something about everything, football, basketball and the players’ names and the positions they played. My fiancé got caught up on the coming and goings of his family, as his mother relayed the news of everyone.
Alice told me she would show me how to make her special dish
From the first bite, I knew that I had to learn to make this dish. When I ask Alice if I could have the recipe, I was pleasantly surprised when she told me she would show me how to make it.
Several weeks after I first met Alice she called and invited me to a party at her daughter’s home. She said she would be making her special dish to take with us and if I wanted to learn to make it she would be happy to show me how.
On the morning of the party, we arrived early and Alice and I prepared her special dish. From that day forward I felt very close to Alice.
Golumpki the Recipe
In a large pot bring water to a boil.
In a large mixing bowl, mix thoroughly.
·3 lbs. lean ground beef
·1 lb. ground pork
·4 slices of lean bacon, fried crisp and crumbled into the mix.
·4 cups of cooked rice (I have long since used cooked Barley)
·1 large onion finely chopped and sautéed
·1 clove of garlic finely minced
Seasonings I use.
·1 package meatloaf seasoning
·Lots of black pepper
After thoroughly mixed set aside and prepare the cabbage
·Two large heads of cabbage
·4 16oz cans of Sauer Kraut
·4 16oz cans of diced tomatoes
Cut leaves off of 2 heads of cabbage and cut down the veins on the leaves drop the leaves into the hot water for a couple of minutes remove with tongs place on a plate to cool
In a large cooking pot place half a 16 ounce can of Sauer Kraut, to cover the bottom and a layer of diced tomatoes and enough water to cover the Kraut and tomatoes.
Make rolls of the mixture with (about half cup per leaf of cabbage) make a layer of the rolls on top, of the Sauer Kraut, then another layer of Kraut and tomatoes and another layer of rolls and add water to cover Kraut and tomatoes then another layer of rolls, continue until all mixture is used.
At the same time heating the pot, as it starts to boil, put a tight lid on the pot lower the heat and allow simmering for approximately one and a half hours. Serve with sour cream, and enjoy.
Preparation and Cook Time
Thank you Perspycacious
For correcting me
You gave me such a hearty laugh
As I read your comment
And I could picture it visually
I quote from your Hub: "remove with tongues place on a plate to cool (sic)" I burned my own tongue trying to follow that direction, before I figured out that you must have meant "tongs"!
© 2013 Shyron E Shenko