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Stuffed Cabbage Rolls (Video Recipe)

The texture of these Stuffed Cabbage Rolls is just right; not too squishy and not too firm. Classic cabbage rolls are hearty, healthy and so satisfying.

These stuffed cabbage rolls are the best I've tried! Cabbage rolls (golubtsi) are made with simple, inexpensive ingredients but are super delicious (and a freezer friendly meal!) My family loves these with sour cream and soft French bread.

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This recipe uses simple and inexpensive ingredients to make a delicious meal. That’s exactly what I love about Russian and Ukrainian food! The light sauce makes this a feel good meal that even kids love.

My son happily wolfed down 4 of them when he got home from school served with a dollop of sour cream and a thick slice of soft French bread. P.S. these are freezer friendly (more on that below).

Many of you have requested a video tutorial on how to make these classic stuffed cabbage rolls (thanks for lighting that fire under me to do it!). Cabbage rolls aren’t difficult to make. They do take some time but it is a relaxed process (no elbow grease required). If you’ve never given it a go, I hope you feel empowered to try after watching our video. Just be sure watch until the end to hear the important “disclaimer” ;).

Watch Here How To Make Cabbage Rolls:

These stuffed cabbage rolls are the best I've tried! Cabbage rolls (golubtsi) are made with simple, inexpensive ingredients but are super delicious (and a freezer friendly meal!) My family loves these with sour cream and soft French bread.

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Stuffed Cabbage Rolls (Video Recipe)

4.61 from 38 votes
Prep Time: 2 hours
Cook Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time: 3 hours 25 minutes
These stuffed cabbage rolls are the best I've tried! Cabbage rolls (golubtsi) are made with simple, inexpensive ingredients but are super delicious (and a freezer friendly meal!) My family loves these with sour cream and soft French bread.

Stuffed Cabbage Rolls made with simple and inexpensive ingredients, but they have so much flavor! Serve with sour cream. P.S. They are freezer friendly!

Author: Natasha of NatashasKitchen.com
Skill Level: Medium
Cost to Make: $16-$20
Calories: 273 kcal
Servings: 18 people (makes 40-50 rolls)

Ingredients

  • 2 cups white rice (uncooked) to make 6 cups cooked rice
  • 2 cabbages (medium)
  • 1 lb ground pork
  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 2 eggs
  • 6 carrots (medium) divided
  • 2 cups mushroom marinara
  • 1/4 cup white vinegar
  • 7 Tbsp olive oil divided
  • 1 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 Tbsp sour cream
  • 1 tsp Salt-free seasoning such as Mrs. Dash
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp sea salt divided

Instructions

Preparing Rice and Cabbage:

  1. Rinse 2 cups uncooked rice and cook in 3 1/2 cups water with 2 Tbsp olive oil and 1 tsp salt. Cover and simmer 20 min, or until all water is absorbed (or use rice maker)

  2. Fill 2/3 of large soup pot with water and bring to boil. Add 1/2 Tbsp salt and 4 Tbsp vinegar.

  3. Peal and discard outer two leaves from each cabbage. Use a knife to cut out the cabbage cores. Place first cabbage in water, cork side down, for 5 minutes, then flip cabbage over and continue cooking 5-6 min. Pull off leaves as they begin to soften. Leaves cook faster if pulled apart. Remove the leaves to a platter to cool when they are done. Leaves are done when soft and yellowish and larger leaves will turn a dull green. Repeat with the second cabbage, adding more water if needed. Reserve 3-4 cups water from the pot.

Preparing the Stuffing:

  1. In a large bowl, combine meats and rice. 

  2. Grate 4 carrots and saute in a large pan in 3 Tbsp oil and 1 Tbsp butter over med/high heat until softened then add 1 cup marinara sauce and saute another minute. Add mixture to rice and meats then add 2 eggs and 1 Tbsp salt and mix well. 

Cutting Leaves and Making Stuffed Cabbage:

  1. Large leaves: cut the leaves in half down the center along the stem and remove tough stem portion. Place 2 Tbsp meat mixture at top of each leaf (or what you can fit since leaf sizes vary). Roll the leaf into a cone shape with the thicker part of the leaf at the base and stuff the wide thiner leaves into the top. Arrange stuffed cabbage in a dutch oven or pot. 

  2. Small Leaves: slice off the raised surface of the tough center stem to flatten leaves for easier rolling. Fill each cabbage leaf with about 2 Tbsp meat mixture. Place the filling over the stem/ bottom portion. Roll like a burrito and stuff both ends in.

How to make Podliva (Sauce)

  1. Heat approx. 2 Tbsp olive oil in a skillet. Saute remanding 2 grated carrots with 1 tsp of Mrs. Dash, cooking until soft. Add 1 Tbsp sour cream and 1 cup marinara sauce. Saute another minute and remove from heat.

  2. Pour Podliva sauce over stuffed cabbage and add enough reserved water to almost cover rolls (2 1/2 to 3 cups).

2 Ways to Cook Stuffed Cabbage:

  1. A: If using the pot, bring to light boil, then cover and simmer 40 min over medium heat.

    B: If using a dutch oven (recommended method), cover and bake at 450 ° F for 20-25 min in the bottom third of the oven then reduce heat to 350°F and bake 1 hour.

Recipe Notes

To Freeze: Once cabbage rolls are at room temperature, divide them into freezer safe ziploc bags in single layers, adding a little sauce to each bag. Push out any excess air from ziploc bags then seal and freeze.

To re-heat: Thaw completely in ziploc bags in the refrigerator. Add 1 Tbsp oil to a non-stick skillet, then add thawed cabbage rolls, cover and cook over medium heat, turning a few times until heated through.

Nutrition Facts
Stuffed Cabbage Rolls (Video Recipe)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 273 Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value*
Fat 12g18%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 52mg17%
Sodium 792mg34%
Potassium 507mg14%
Carbohydrates 25g8%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 14g28%
Vitamin A 3675IU74%
Vitamin C 40.2mg49%
Calcium 68mg7%
Iron 1.6mg9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  • Linda Eastup
    August 15, 2019

    Love you, Girl. I love your bubbly personality and warm heart not to mention you are a great cook! May the God of all creation bless you abundantly. Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      August 15, 2019

      Aww thank you Linda! You’re so nice! Reply

  • marcy
    August 11, 2019

    we make cabbage rolls all the time but i usually have marinara and top mine off with bag of unrined sauerkraut, yours were very good different but i much prefer the sour over the sweetness of carrots but my daughter preferred yours and she made them with vegan beef i couldnt even force myself to try hers lol Reply

    • Natasha
      August 12, 2019

      Hi Marcy, I hope you actually give them a try – it might just change your mind! Although we love sauerkraut too and might just have to give that a whirl! At what point do you add the sauerkraut? Reply

      • Kate Pigula
        August 13, 2019

        Hi Natasha I mentioned topping cabbage rolls with sauerkraut a while back. You should try it it gives the rolls great flavor,I use silver floss but you can use any brand. Sprinkle it right out of the jar on top of the rolls It even taste good after the rolls have cooked with the tomato sauce. Reply

  • Alina
    April 28, 2019

    Hi Natasha.

    I’ll make these today! In english – cabbage rolls, in russian – golubci. In Lithuania we call them “balandėliai”, this is very popular dish here. One question, I have soup pot only, is it suitable to cook in oven? I never did it before, I always cook them like you said on first way, but I want to try second way. Is it supposed to be a special pot, suitable for oven? Or any will do?
    Thanks! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      April 29, 2019

      Hi Alina, as long as the soup pot is heavy bottomed and oven safe (including handles & cover-its hard to advise without being there) it should work. Worst case you may try it on the stove top. If you experiment please let me know how you like that. Reply

  • Olga
    April 18, 2019

    HELP! 😬I’m currently making these cabbage rolls and we never buy marinara.. What can I substitute it with? Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      April 18, 2019

      Hi Olga! We’ve only made it with that however one of our readers wrote “for the sauce I use heavy whipping and ketchup instead of marinara..they turn out very soft and delicious” I hope that helps! Reply

  • Annie
    March 1, 2019

    I followed your recipe except for substituting lean ground beef for the turkey. Very very good. I have never had much success with cabbage rolls in the past but I learned a lot from your instruction. I love your website, everything I have tried has worked well. Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      March 1, 2019

      That’s just awesome!! Thank you for sharing your wonderful review, Annie 🙂 Reply

  • Cynthia
    February 11, 2019

    I’ve been looking for a good cabbage roll recipe. Looked at “many” recipes and none clicked for me….I came upon your website, liked the ingredients for your recipe….and watched your video. Your torturial (video) was very easy to follow. Thank you!!
    I will continue to view your website for future recipes. Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      February 11, 2019

      I’m so happy to hear you are enjoying my blog! Thank you for sharing that with us 🙂 Reply

  • Kathleen McAndrews
    February 3, 2019

    Hi Natasha! When you said that you were proud of yourself when make these cabbage rolls, I can see why! They are a true labor love, but so worth it! Every recipe I have made from your website has been amazing! Thanks for this one! Kat Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      February 3, 2019

      I’m so glad you enjoyed it, Kathleen! Thank you for the wonderful review! Reply

  • BK
    October 11, 2018

    Easy and delicious. Made a few versions using your recipe (pork/beef, turkey/beef, savoy cabbage and green cabbage) all a bit different and all delicious. On to chocolate babka! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      October 11, 2018

      Wow! That’s so great! I’m so happy you were able to try so many recipes! Reply

  • muna shlimon
    September 12, 2018

    thanks dear natasha you realy very helpfull regarding preparing the cabbage, Good luck Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      September 12, 2018

      It is my pleasure, Muna! Reply

  • Ellie Carlson
    September 3, 2018

    I made these cabbage rolls this morning to have for the week. They are indeed tasty! If there is anything I would change it would be the amount of water added to rolls. It was too much (I only used a little over 2 cups). It made them soggier than I would otherwise like. Still, they were tasty and I will make them again – just less water. Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      September 3, 2018

      Thank you for sharing that with us, Ellie! I’m so happy you enjoyed that! Reply

  • Angie
    July 31, 2018

    How long do they keep in the freezer? Thank you Reply

    • Natasha
      July 31, 2018

      Hi Angie, up to 3 months in a freezer safe bag (remove as much air as you can from the bag for best results), and even longer if vacuum sealed and in a deep freezer. Reply

  • RITa Scanlon
    May 16, 2018

    Hello, I just love this stuffed cabbage recipe! Thank you for it. Sometimes when I make it I do not get enough sauce. Is it possible to make extra sauce on the side and how would you suggest to make it?
    Thanks
    Rita Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      May 16, 2018

      Hi Rita, I’m so glad you loved it! It is best to make the sauce along with the cabbage rolls. I would suggest reserving more water from the cabbage boiling liquid and add more of the remaining sauce ingredients proportionally. Reply

  • Katie Ward
    May 13, 2018

    I have been looking for years for a Stuffed Cabbage Rolls .recipe that has flavor.My husband’s family is Slovic and he is over the moon happy with this dish. His Babba would be so pleased! You really nailed it with this recipe! Wow! Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      May 14, 2018

      Hello Katie, I’m happy to hear how much you both love the recipe! Thanks for sharing your excellent review with other readers! Reply

  • Sammee
    March 22, 2018

    Natasha, I just made these tonight and they are seriously AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thank you for sharing this beautiful recipe with us. Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      March 23, 2018

      My pleasure Sammie! I’m happy you find the recipe so tasty. Thanks for sharing your excellent review! Reply

  • Kate Pigula
    February 21, 2018

    Natasha,have you ever tried sprinkling sauerkraut from a can over the top of the halupchi when you bake them? Gives them great flavor.My Mom use to do that.. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      February 22, 2018

      That sounds delicious! I haven’t tried that but we love sauerkraut and I love that idea! Thank you for sharing 🙂 Reply

  • Kate Pigula
    February 17, 2018

    I did. Reply

  • Madeleine
    February 12, 2018

    Hi Natasha, I would like to know if this recipe can be done in a slow cooker and if so how long? I’m anxious to try this method…my recipe is quite different from yours but looks delicious. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      February 12, 2018

      Hi Madeleine, I have not tried that in a slow cooker myself but one reader wrote this review: “I did it in the slow cooker followed the recipe and cooked on low for 6 hours. It was really good.” Let me know how you like it in the slow cooker! Reply

      • Madeleine
        February 12, 2018

        I will and thank you for such a quick response. You’re amazing, love your sense of humour, your instructions are always very accurate, and that smile of yours takes the joy of cooking to a new level. Thank you Natasha ! Reply

        • Natasha's Kitchen
          February 12, 2018

          My pleasure Madeleine! Thanks for sharing your thoughtful comments! 🙂 Reply

    • nadia kokhanevich
      March 4, 2018

      I tried it in a slow cooker, 5-6 hours, and will never use anything else!! I now Use the slow cooker each time, they fall apart in your mouth! So soft and moist, my family loves them! Reply

    • Jessica
      April 16, 2018

      Hi Natasha! These were wonderful! Approximately how many rolls are considered a serving for your nutrition facts? Reply

      • Natasha
        natashaskitchen
        April 17, 2018

        Hi Jessica, This makes 40-50 rolls (I average 45) so 45/18 servings = 2.5 or 2 to 3 rolls per serving Reply

        • liz
          April 6, 2019

          Can we cut this recipe in half with no complications? Just two of us here and pretty sure our stomachs can’t handle cabbage everyday for a week  Reply

          • Natashas Kitchen
            April 6, 2019

            Hi Liz, Halving the recipe should work just fine. I actually freeze half of the batch for future dinners :).

  • Elena
    February 9, 2018

    These were great – by far the best ones I tried. Took a bit of time to make but lasted a while and nobody complained about eating them 4 days in a row. Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      February 9, 2018

      That’s great! I’m glad to hear how much you enjoy the recipe. Thanks for sharing Elena! Reply

  • Nona
    January 19, 2018

    Natasha,
    When I was a little girl my mom was terminally ill and we had a lady that lived with us from Czechcoslavakia. Baba made us stuffed cabbage rolls and she used a tomato sauce with a can of sauerkraut to simmer hers in and they were delicious! Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      January 19, 2018

      I’m glad the recipe has brought back fond memories Nona. I hope you try this recipe! Reply

    • Kate Pigula
      April 6, 2019

      I mentioned that to Natasha on February 2018. My mother did that as well It really flavors the cabbage rolls. Reply

  • Patricia
    January 18, 2018

    Well I tried so hard all day to make these look at good as yours, no such luck ! What a mess. I wish there was a class where I can have someone guide my fingers . I’m just going to have to buy them at my parish, they are also so perfect. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      January 18, 2018

      Hi Patricia, did you have a chance to watch the video? Also, did you cook the cabbage for the specified time? If it is too firm, or if they are overfilled, it is more difficult to roll them. I hope that helps! Reply

  • Lia
    December 23, 2017

    No need to boil the cabbage… just freeze the head solid for a couple days!

    When you defrost it, it will be soft & pliable same as if you boiled it, except it will not rip as easily.

    You may want to cut out the thickest part in the middle of each leaf, but I don’t; I leave it in. Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      December 23, 2017

      Thanks for sharing your helpful tip with other readers Lia! Reply

    • Kate Pigula
      February 17, 2018

      Lia,I find when you freeze the cabbage,after baking them the cabbage is tough and stringy and a little chewy. Can’t rate this recipe cause I didn’t try it….. Reply

      • Natasha
        natashaskitchen
        February 17, 2018

        That is great to know since I haven’t tried that method but have always done my Mom’s and Mother-in-laws methods of boiling the cabbage. Thank you for your insights! 🙂 Reply

    • Susan
      September 12, 2018

      The cabbage when frozen has a bad texture and the cabbage rolls do not turn out half as good. I only tried it once and everyone said they was something wrong with them compared to usual. I do not recommend freezing the cabbage. Reply

      • September 12, 2018

        Susan.I agree with you 100%. I was curious and tried it once.Just as I mentioned in a comment above,they were stringy and chewy.It takes a little more time to slightly boil them,but it is well worth it. Reply

  • Patricia Gordon
    December 20, 2017

    Always wanted to learn how to trim, fold,tuck cabbage rolls like your video. They look so dainty like you do them. Love all your videos, you’re a great cook. Patricia, Canada. Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      December 21, 2017

      Thank you Patricia! I hope you enjoy the recipe! Reply

  • Olga
    May 1, 2017

    My grandma makes these golubtsi all the time and I love them! They are my favorite food to serve for dinner or lunch out of all Russian/Ukranian food. I seem to never get sick of them or have enough. Thank you for sharing your recipes.
    Also, I hope you’ll post an angel food cake recipe in the future (although I don’t think it’s a Russian/Ukranian food). I think it’s a cool cake! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      May 1, 2017

      That is a great suggestion – thank you! I’ll add it to my list 🙂 Reply

  • Pavla
    March 8, 2017

    I make my “zelne zavitky” from savoy cabbage and ground pork with smoked pork , onion, rice , spices… Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      March 8, 2017

      That sounds so good! Thank you for sharing that with us! Reply

  • Elena D
    January 17, 2017

    5 stars for flavor but one star deduction for the amount of time this takes. I would rather sacrifice some of the flavor and just use pre-cooked cabbage leaves in jars from the Russian store. Also, for a family of two, I would reduce the filling portion by half. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      January 17, 2017

      Hi Elena, keep in mind also these cabbage rolls freeze really really well! Put them in ziploc bags or freezer safe storage containers, pour over with extra sauce, removing any air from the bags and freeze. Thaw and reheat on a skillet and they are just as good. Also, if you love the flavor of these but want an easier recipe, try these lazy cabbage rolls. I think you would love them! 🙂 Reply

  • Gail
    January 7, 2017

    We are hosting a Ukrainian girl and wanted to make some familiar foods for her. Your site is beautiful and easy to navigate. I showed her the recipe and she is excited for it. However, she says that at home they don’t use carrots. If I omit the carrots will the recipe still work? If not, I’ll keep them in and give her a new version of a familiar favorite. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      January 7, 2017

      Hi Gail, we have always used carrots and it makes up a large part of the sauce and filling mixture. I haven’t tested it without the carrots to say if it would work as well. I think you could make it work but I haven’t tested it that way. Reply

  • Maria
    December 23, 2016

    Natasha, I love your recipes! You always provide so many helpful hints that make cooking even traditional foods that I have always cooked a little easier and better. You are very specific and I always learn something new from your blog! You never post a bad dish! Thank you for doing what you do. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      December 23, 2016

      Maria, thank you so much for sharing that with me 😊. I’m all smiles! Merry Christmas to you and your family! Reply

  • December 20, 2016

    Natasha!
    We all grew up eating tons of these. But now we are all grown up and grandma isn’t around to make them (by the truckload) anymore. So I had to hunt down recipes….

    Gotta be careful, though. If you serve these to the people in my family, they will be come your loyal subjects and nag you for them all the time! LOL

    Thanks for this recipe. I am very intrigued by the addition of the carrots! Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      December 20, 2016

      LOL! I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I do! Reply

  • Zahra Kristinsson
    October 23, 2016

    Hi Natasha, you are awesome cook, I love all of your recipes, they are looking fantastic and easy to make.

    Love your website 🙂 Thank you so much for sharing your great recipes Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      October 23, 2016

      Zahra, thank you for such a sweet comment 😊. I’m so happy to hear that you are enjoying the site. Reply

  • Fariba
    October 5, 2016

    Hi
    I am persian and we have a little bit different stuffed cabbage which we add greens such as parsley mint and coriander
    I will try yours soon
    Thank you for wonderful recipes Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      October 5, 2016

      I hope you love it! 🙂 Reply

  • Lola
    October 1, 2016

    Is this how your mum made them? We use sour cabbages to make stuffed cabbage rolls. Just wondering if this is the norm. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      October 1, 2016

      Hi Lola, yes, this is the method my Mom and Mother-in-law both use. 🙂 Reply

  • Leah
    September 24, 2016

    Found you site recently – thank you!!! Easy recipes that are delicious!!!! My husband and his family are Ukrainian and learning to cook the food was trying. I made these tonight and WOW!!!! SO DELICIOUS!!!! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      September 25, 2016

      Welcome to the site Leah and thank you for such a nice review on the cabbage rolls. I hope you’ll find many new favorites here 😀. Reply

  • Olga
    June 22, 2016

    Hi,Natasha, these golubsi look,good. For a pound of meat,and pound of ground meat,how much salt do we need to put? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      June 22, 2016

      Hi Olga, I add 1 Tbsp of salt to the meat mix (see step 3 under the meat mixture section here). Reply

      • June 24, 2016

        Thank you,Natasha. Just wanted to know,cause sometimes I add to much salt or not enough,for the most part,when I cook do it by eye,or in Russian на глас. Reply

  • Andrea
    April 19, 2016

    I loved these growing up but had no idea to make them. I wanted to reach through the screen and steal one out of your pot! I’ve never tried them with sour cream, yum! As soon as I invest in a grater, these are next! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      April 19, 2016

      I’m glad these reminded you of your childhood. I love how food holds memories 🙂 Thanks for sharing that with me! Reply

  • Tzivia
    April 17, 2016

    Wow love the video tutorial on how to make stuffed cabbage gotta try totally thumbs up Natasha my mom made a similar version for the last days of suckot (feast of the tabernacle) and it brought back such nostalgia on her side of the family I’m Russian Lithuanian and polish miss em soook much also can I substitute mayo for sour cream and another tsp of oil instead of butter since I can’t mix milk and meat together keep u the great cooking and baking luv cheers Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      April 17, 2016

      I think those substitutions would work just fine. I hope you enjoy the recipe! I love that you are able to weave the recipes into your special traditions and holidays. Thank you for sharing that with us! 🙂 Reply

      • Tzivia
        April 18, 2016

        Cool really brilliant that I can use another tsp of oil and mayo yup food definitely plays a role in keeping our heritage alive np my pleasure for sharing all the juicy stuff btw would they freeze well Reply

        • Natasha
          natashaskitchen
          April 18, 2016

          Yes these do freeze well. We put portions into ziploc bags with some juice, squeeze out excess air and put them in the freezer. Reply

          • Olga
            December 22, 2016

            Do you freeze these before you cook or after?

          • Natasha
            natashaskitchen
            December 22, 2016

            Hi Olga, if I’m freezing these, I fully cook them then put them into freezer safe ziplocs with as much liquid as possible then freeze. Thaw in the fridge and reheat on a skillet 🙂

  • Ksenia
    April 17, 2016

    Thank you for this recipe as well! I made this twice… I don’t make it often because it is cumbersome and takes a while but like you recommend, I do freeze these. My mom doesn’t generally like to cook but loves Russian food, so she loves to eat these when I make them. 🙂 Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      April 17, 2016

      I also love that it has a make-ahead option. We make the full pot and freeze some for later 😉 Reply

  • Elizabeth LaPointe
    March 26, 2016

    Hi Natasha, I enjoy your receipe blogs. I’ve made many of these Ukrainian recipes since my mom taught me. I’m 1st generation American Ukrainian. We call them “holubtsi”. My variation is more fattening LOL. I do up the cabbage in boiling water but I don’t discard the outer leaves unless they are super green or in bad shape. I take off the rib off each leaf and save them as a filler for my “kapystnyak” or ” sour” soup. I saute lots of onion using chopped fat back (I usually make over 140 at one time) and I add barley and wild rice and a mixture of pork, beef & veal (I’ve been skipping the veal lately)with some white rice and spices. I layer my cabbage with either stewed tomatoes or sometimes saurkraut instead. I also like to eat them with “smetana”. I cook mine in a pressure cooker and it cuts the time in half.
    I really enjoy your recipes. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      March 26, 2016

      Your version sounds wonderful and I love the idea of putting them in a pressure cooker to save time! One day I’ll invest in one of those 😉 Reply

  • Donna
    March 7, 2016

    Natashi,
    This was a weekly staple in our home. I am first generation Ukrainian and had these all the time. However, my mom and grandmother didn’t put in carrots. Do you happen to have a recipe for Borscht or perogie’s? What about kapusta soup? Borsht? Just love it all! Reply

  • Karin
    February 18, 2016

    What is the name for these in Ukranian? My great grandmother used to make these… and she emigrated to the US from the Ukraine in 1911… and this recipe reminds me so much of her! Thank you for the good memory! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      February 18, 2016

      Karin, these are called “golubtsi”. I’m very happy to hear that this recipe brought some good memories for you :). Reply

  • Pat Gray
    February 7, 2016

    Hi Natasha, thank you for the awesome recipe and rolling technique. I am a 67 year old cook not Ukranian but love great food so thanks and my family thanks you as well. I will share your Mom’s recipe and give you all the credit.
    Pat
    Do you have recommendation for reheating cooked meat on a stick and keep it moist. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      February 7, 2016

      Hi Pat! Welcome to my blog :). Thank you so much for sharing! Is your meat on wooden skewers? You might brush with butter or oil, wrap in foil and put them on the grill or in the oven. Don’t microwave as that dries out meat. You can also sautee over low heat just until warmed through. Reply

  • Iryna
    January 31, 2016

    LOVE LOVE LOVE Cabbage rolls…..I grew up on them and when I do make them I use 4 or 5 cabbages….and bake in a huge pan and then hand them out to my brother’s families…..and the rest for me. They are my all time favorite food. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      January 31, 2016

      That’s so generous of you! Keep in mind you can also freeze some after they are cooked and cooled by placing them in ziploc bags in single layers. Then thaw and sautee to reheat. They are just as good as fresh. Reply

  • Rose Green
    January 29, 2016

    Hi.Really enjoyed the video!Grew up on this kind of cooking.My Dad always made them on weekends.For the liquid ingredients: a large tin of tomato juice and the rice stuffing had salt ,pepper, paprika,butter,ground pork and beef mixture.After slow baking when done they would be topped with melted butter(sometimes with chopped fried bacon or sauted garlic)Being vegetarian I make a meatless version that is still quite yummy. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      January 29, 2016

      Ow wow the way you just described your Dad’s made me so hungry! Reply

  • Joan
    January 29, 2016

    Can you use ground turkey instead of pork, my husband can’t have pork or beef? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      January 29, 2016

      I think that would work fine. Pork is a juicier meat but it will still taste great with turkey. Reply

  • Luna
    January 28, 2016

    how is this ukrainian/russian? it’s an armenian dolma. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      January 28, 2016

      It is how our Ukrainian family makes them and every family makes them slightly differently. What you are referring to is different. Dolmas are usually made with grape leaves. Reply

  • Anna
    January 25, 2016

    Natasha,
    This is my first time reading your blog and it is so exciting that someone from Ukraine (like myself) have a good blog and they share Ukrainian and Russian recepies. I’ve always wanted to start cooking Ukrainian food but I never had luck finding good recepies. Now these look almost identical to what my mom and my grandma makes. Keep on doing a great job! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      January 25, 2016

      Anna, welcome to the site 😀. I hope you’ll find lots of new favorites. Reply

  • Heike
    January 20, 2016

    I also grew up eating them…. yummm… but my mom always served them with boiled potatoes and also cut up the very small leaves to serve on the side.
    Also, you can avoid the ‘bubbly gut’ by adding caraway seeds to anything with cabbage.
    Now, when I make them, I use Savoy cabbage. I don’t really know why, just like it better. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      January 20, 2016

      Lol the bubbly gut. I had no idea caraway seeds help with that! Thank you for sharing! Do you use ground caraway seed or do you add them whole to the liquid? Someone else mentioned savoy cabbage as well. Do you pre-cook the leaves with savoy or skip that step? Thanks Heike! Reply

  • Gloria
    January 16, 2016

    Hi Natasha,
    Just another comment on prepping the cabbage. In fall when the cabbage is in season I purchase around 10-12 heads of cabbage. I then core them as you did and put each one in a plastic bag and then freeze them. Defrost the cabbage when ready to use. Once defrosted the cabbage is so soft rolling is a breeze. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      January 16, 2016

      Gloria, what a great idea, thank you for sharing your tip 😀. Reply

    • Karina Nenko
      February 11, 2016

      Hello darling,

      I am planning to make these tonight! Just a few questions.. I see that you do not add onion anywhere in the meat or zazharka. I know usually adding onions make the mean taste better, does it taste very different not adding the onion? And also about the vinegar, what is the purpose of adding it to the water when cooking the cabbage? Does it make the cabbage more sour?

      Thank you Reply

      • Natasha
        natashaskitchen
        February 11, 2016

        Hi Karina, Sorry I couldn’t get to your comment sooner. We don’t usually add onion but you could if you wanted to. I don’t think it would hurt. The vinegar keeps the cabbage from becoming mushy after baking/cooking. Reply

  • January 16, 2016

    Natasha, Beautiful golubtsi! You make these look so easy. Every family probably makes them different but the concept is the same and your tutorial was very helpful and quick, good job! I usually make mine with a hint of ketchup…Does the marinara sauce give the cabbage rolls a spaghetti kind of aroma or does it completely incorporates into the rolls? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      January 16, 2016

      Hi Alyona and thank you! It completely incorporates into the rolls. Eating it, you’d never guess there’s marinara in there 🙂 Reply

  • Oksana
    January 15, 2016

    Hi Natasha, thank you – thank you for posting this video! Keep up the good job! Also, do you have a recipe for a good loaded baked potato soup? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      January 15, 2016

      Thank you so much for the awesome feedback :). I don’t have that posted yet but it’s such a great suggestion! I’ll add it to my list 🙂 Reply

  • Greg
    January 14, 2016

    Luv luv LUV me some cabbage rolls! When I was in college, I dated a polish girl and her mom would make big pots of galumpkis. She would freeze the cabbage head instead of boiling it and she used tomato soup too, like others have already suggested. Cruciferous vegetables get bitter and stinky if cooked too long. But they get sweeter if roasted. And savoy cabbage is softer so it doesn’t take as long to get tender. Try making them with savoy and baking them in a single layer in a 9×13 dish for 30 minutes, then pour on the sauce and bake 15 minutes longer. Oh and put a layer of the small leaves under the rolls to keep the bottoms from burning, then remove them b4 saucing. I know, it’s not traditional and I can appreciate what you are trying to do on your blog and keeping true to your roots. You don’t have to post this and I’m sorry if I sound critical. I don’t mean to come across that way. Just sharing my experience. Have a great day. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      January 14, 2016

      Hi Greg! thanks for sharing your methods and tips! I’ve never considered savoy cabbage but it sounds like a good idea. Thanks! 🙂 Reply

  • girly
    January 13, 2016

    It’s quicker to rinse the cabbage,take the core out ,wrap it in plastic wrap and microwave the cabbage for 5-7 minutes 🙂 and for the sauce I use heavy whipping and ketchup instead of marinara..they turn out very soft and delicious 😛 Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      January 13, 2016

      Thank you for sharing your methods! 🙂 Reply

  • Alina Boyarchuk
    January 13, 2016

    I like to freeze the cabage overnight and then thaw it the day I am making galuptsi, instead of boiling it, so that your house doesnt smell like cabage. Also, once I roll them, I lightly brown them on both sides on the frying pan before I place them in the pot to finish cooking. This also reduces the cabbage smell and decreaes the cook time to 25-30min depending on how much meat you have Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      January 13, 2016

      Alina thank you so much for sharing your tips with me. I love time-saving tips. Reply

  • January 13, 2016

    My Polish friend taught me how to make these. Instead of boiling the cabbage, he microwaves it on a plate with a little bit of water for like 10 minutes. I just love cabbage rolls… great Eastern European comfort food 🙂 The video tutorial is great. You’re a natural on camera! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      January 13, 2016

      Thank you so much Natasha! That’s so sweet of you to say 🙂 Reply

  • This looks so lovely. I am going to try these rolls with an Indian twist.
    Thank you for a lovely share Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      January 13, 2016

      Mmmm yum! I’d love to know what you do to give it Indian flavor! Reply

  • Vera
    January 12, 2016

    Great recipe. Love them. One question though why do you add vinegar to boiling warer? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      January 13, 2016

      Hi Vera, the vinegar is used to keep the cabbage from turning mushy after its baked. Reply

  • Natasha
    January 12, 2016

    Does ground beer work instead of turkey ?? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      January 12, 2016

      Yes, but sometimes when you put beef inside of cabbage rolls, the beef can take on a deep red color making it look uncooked when it really is cooked. So yes, but just so you know… :) Reply

  • Megan
    January 12, 2016

    Love the disclaimer! Too funny!

    Can’t wait to make these. My grandma used to make them with tomato soup instead of marinara, and though those hold a special place in my heart, I think this version sounds much better!! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      January 12, 2016

      Ha ha, thanks! I do think the tomato soup is a good idea! Thanks for sharing that. I’ll have to try that one of these days 🙂 Reply

  • Julia
    January 12, 2016

    Oh, boy! I actually got a kick in the inspiration department that I very much needed to finally make cabbage rolls. I think it’s the mouth-watering picture. Or maybe the cute way you roll them in the video. Looooks sooo sooo good! Especially with the snow-storm outside, I could use something so warm and comforting. Do you ship? 😉 Thanks for another great recipe! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      January 12, 2016

      Awesome!! I’m so happy you’re inspired from the video :). Ha ha, do I ship? lol you probably wouldn’t want to eat shipped cabbage rolls and can you imagine how the mail man’s car would smell? ha ha. I actually froze half of the batch for future dinners :). Reply

  • Ziz'ka
    January 12, 2016

    Natasha, where have you been with this video before???

    I just made on Saturday stuffed cabbage.

    I would like to see video recipe for Paska (Easter Bread)

    Thank you Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      January 12, 2016

      Thank you Ziz’ka. I will try to remember that at Easter time! Thanks for the suggestion! Reply

  • Nina
    January 11, 2016

    The last batch of holubtsi I made were awful because the cabbage I picked had super thick and tough leaves, even after the stems had been shaved off.

    Is there any way to determine whether a cabbage’s leaves are good for stuffing?Or do you just cook them in the oven for a longer period of time if you notice that the leaves are really thick? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      January 11, 2016

      Hmm.. I haven’t had that experience, even with either my Mom’s home grown ones or the regular store-bought ones. Do you pre-cook them the way I did? That usually really helps to soften the leaves and makes it much easier to roll. Reply

  • January 11, 2016

    Yay cabbage rolls! I could eat them everyday! My favorite stinky dish:) Omgosh and the disclaimer! LOL! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      January 11, 2016

      Well said, well said. Stinky dish; lol. I’m glad you enjoyed the disclaimer 🙂 Reply

  • Mary
    January 11, 2016

    Your stuffed cabbage recipe is definitely the best stuffed cabbage Ive ever had! I always had a hard time turning them into a cone like you had in your pictures but this video should help, thank you!:) Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      January 11, 2016

      I’m so glad it’s helpful to you! I gave alot of thought to how I should record the rolling part and I actually recorded it from a different angle before I thought the over-the-top way would be better for teaching :). Reply

  • Inna
    January 11, 2016

    Love cabbage rolls, and they so stink up the room so bad, but you are right it’s #worthit Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      January 11, 2016

      Lol definitely #worthit. Reply

  • January 11, 2016

    I actually bought a head of cabbage a couple of days ago to make the lazy version of golubtsi! That pot full of them looks incredible! I’ve never actually added tomato sauce in the filling before but I will next time I make mine. I am sure that adds a ton of flavour. Great video, Natasha, you guys do videos so well! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      January 11, 2016

      It does! I think it makes them a little juicier too 🙂 Thank you so much for that compliment. It really means alot to us :). Those videos don’t look like it but they take SO much time! But we love it anyways. Reply

  • January 11, 2016

    What a great idea to freeze these! I never thought about that before. My family can never finish a big batch like this so I will have to try that out! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      January 11, 2016

      That’s what we end up doing with ours, have 24 of them in ziplock bags in the freezer (dinner 3 more times!)😁. Reply

      • Gail
        January 7, 2017

        Do you freeze them after you fully cook them or before? Reply

        • Natasha
          natashaskitchen
          January 7, 2017

          Hi Gail, freeze them after they are fully cooked and freeze them with some liquid. Enjoy! Reply

  • You’re so adorable.. That disclaimer😂😂.. Have Vadim do a “manly” video recipe, ya know, for those guy that don’t like to cook. It’d inspire them☺. #TeamVadim #GoVadim Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      January 11, 2016

      Ha ha thanks! That should be some good inspiration for him :). I’ll definitely pass the message on to him 😉 Reply

      • Mila
        January 12, 2016

        That is a wonderful idea!!! We would love to see a video recipe of your husband cooking. It will deffinately inspire my husband to cook ;))) Reply

        • Natasha
          natashaskitchen
          January 12, 2016

          🙂 I think he might be up for something like that 🙂 Reply

  • January 11, 2016

    I love cabbage rolls!
    I’ve never made them myself. They’re a fav in Armenian families everywhere.
    I’ll have to try making them myself from your recipe! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      January 11, 2016

      Give them a try Coco, you won’t be disappointed 😀. Reply

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