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Stuffed Cabbage Rolls

Updated on November 5, 2014
Stuffed Cabbage Rolls
Stuffed Cabbage Rolls | Source
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My Grandmother made the best Stuffed Cabbage Rolls, also known as Krautnagels. The recipe I have is in a "Recipe Memories" book created by my Mom.

Each of the twenty or so recipes is hand-written. It is one of my priceless possessions and I have made many of the recipes over and over again. My Grandmother didn't write anything down as it was all from memory. So, my Mom transcribed this as told to her by my Grandmother. There aren't too many actual measurements so I will add helpful tips as I go along.

My Grandmother
My Grandmother | Source


  • 1 1/2-2 lbs. Ground Beef, Chuck or Meat Loaf Mixture (Pork and Beef)
  • Large Head of Cabbage
  • 1-1 1/2 cups White Rice
  • Large can (36 oz) Crushed Tomatoes
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 Tbs. Shortening
  • 1 lb. Bacon
  • Large jar of Saurkraut
  • white vinegar
  • sugar to taste (1/4-1/2 cup)

Prepare the Cabbage Leaves

  • use a large head of cabbage with big outer leaves
  • cook 12 leaves
  • cover with water and boil for at least 10 minutes
  • remove from water and allow to cool
  • cut up a large onion
  • place in the bottom of a large pot with 2 TBS of shortening

Stuff Cabbage Leaves with Meat Mixture
Stuff Cabbage Leaves with Meat Mixture | Source

Meat Stuffing

  • 1 1/2-2 LBS Ground Beef, Chuck or Meat Loaf Mixture (Beef and Pork)
  • put meat in a large bowl
  • add 1-2 cups of white rice
  • add salt and pepper to taste
  • add 2 TBS from a large can of Crushed Tomatoes
  • Wash your hands and remove your rings. Use your clean hands to mix all ingredients together.

Stuff the Cabbage Leaves

  • Take a cabbage leaf and put a handful of meat mixture in the leaf.
  • The "Handful" should be enough to allow the edges of the leaf of cabbage to be folded around the meat mixture
  • It is helpful to tie string around the cabbage roll just to keep it together.


Layer the Cabbage Leaves and Other Ingredients

  • Put 5 or 6 cabbage rolls on top of the cut up onion in the bottom of the pot.
  • Place 3-4 slices of bacon on top of the cabbage rolls
  • Put Sauerkraut on top of the bacon
  • Continue to layer Cabbage Rolls, Bacon and Sauerkraut
  • Pour the remainder of the large can of Crushed Tomatoes over the top.
  • In a separate bowl mix 1 part vinegar to 2 parts water
  • Add sugar to sweeten. Add sugar as desired depending on your taste for more sweet or sour.
  • Pour over the top and cover the pot
  • Simmer 1 1/2 -2 hours

Vegetarian Stuffed Cabbage Leaves
Vegetarian Stuffed Cabbage Leaves | Source

Vegetarian Stuffed Cabbage Leaves

Serbian Vegetarian Stuffed Cabbage Leaves or Posna Sarma

Posna means Lentin or Fasting. Meat and dairy are strictly prohibited during Serbian Orthodox Lent and Advent so this recipe is a perfect alternative for both Vegetarians and those wishing to satisfy their taste buds while abiding by Religious restrictions.

Russian Stuffed Cabbage Leaves
Russian Stuffed Cabbage Leaves | Source

Russian Stuffed Cabbage Leaves

Russian Stuffed Cabbage Leaves or Golubsti


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      pedrn44 5 years ago from New Berlin Wisconsin

      Hello, dinkan. I will have to look up Russian Golubsi. If it's simmilar I know I will have to try it. I don't think I have made Russian food before. Thanks for the yummy suggestion! I appreciate your vote and thanks for stopping by.

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      pedrn44 5 years ago from New Berlin Wisconsin

      Thanks for stopping by, sharing and voting Kimberly. I really appreciate it and I hope you enjoy the recipe:)

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      pedrn44 5 years ago from New Berlin Wisconsin

      Thanks, KaraokeGuy. They are amazing. I haven't thought about them in awhile and now that you left this great comment I feel like making them. What is that vegetarian "meat" that looks like ground beef? Depending what kind of flavor that has it may just make a good vegetarian version. I will do some research and add to my recipe. Thanks so much for stopping by:)

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      dinkan53 5 years ago from India

      Great recipe, similar to Russian "Golubsi". Thanks for the recipe which is really appetite welcoming. Voted up and interesting.

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      Kimberly Lake 5 years ago from California

      They look really good. I can't wait to try you recipe.voted up and shared.

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      Justin W Price 5 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      this sounds amazing. I'll have to try and figure out a vegetarian version so I can make some for my wife :-)

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      5 years ago

      Yes, and good to have plenty of plastic containers ready for the left overs.

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      pedrn44 5 years ago from New Berlin Wisconsin

      Just thinking about making a batch. Time consuming but well worth the time and effort. Left overs are nice too!

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      5 years ago

      These are really tasty; I've not actually made this dish but I do like the taste. Voted up.

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      pedrn44 5 years ago from New Berlin Wisconsin

      thank you for such a nice comment, twila. It truly is a comfort food and Fall is the perfect season to serve it. I hope you do love it!

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      Twila Nelson 5 years ago from Carmichael, California

      Creative and fantastic family recipe in a clearly written Hub. This recipe sounds like comfort food and I know I am going to love it. Thank you and have a nice day.

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      Sun-Girl 6 years ago from Nigeria

      Interesting article you have in here with is very colorful and made me to instantly hungry with those pics of cabbage rolls.