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Töltött Káposzta – Pork-Stuffed Cabbage Rolls

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    Posted: 18 February 2010 at 17:09

Töltött Káposzta

(Pork-Stuffed Cabbage Rolls)

From Time/Life's Foods of the World – The Cooking of Vienna’s Empire

Ron’s Notes: Some suggestions and tips are given in parenthesis.


• 2 lbs. sauerkraut, fresh, canned or packaged
• 1 large head green cabbage (2-to-3 pounds)
• 2 Tbsp. lard or bacon fat (or cooking oil)
• 1 cup finely-chopped onions
• 1/4 tsp. finely-chopped garlic
• 1 lb. ground, lean pork (or beef, or a combination)
• 1/4 cup rice, cooked in boiling and salted water (3/4 cup cooked)
• 2 lightly-beaten eggs
• 2 Tbsp. Sweet Hungarian paprika
• 1/8 tsp. marjoram
• 1 tsp. salt
• Freshly-ground black pepper
• 1 cup water mixed with 1 cup tomato puree

The Sauce

• 3 Tbsp. unsalted butter
• 2 Tbsp. flour
• 1 cup sour cream

Wash the sauerkraut in cold water, then soak in cold water 10 to 20 minutes to reduce sourness. Squeeze dry and set aside. In a large saucepan, bring to boil enough salted water to cover the cabbage. Add the cabbage, turn the heat to low and simmer 8 minutes. Remove the cabbage and let it drain while it cools enough to handle. Pull off the large un-broken leaves and lay them on paper towels to drain and cool further. (Cut a narrow “V” into the bottom of the leaf, removing the thick, fibrous stem of the leaf.)

In a 10-inch skillet, heat the lard or bacon fat on high heat until a light haze forms over it. Add the onions and garlic and cook them, stirring occasionally, until the onions are lightly colored.

In a large mixing bowl, combine the pork, rice, eggs, paprika, marjoram, the onion-garlic mixture, salt and a few grindings of black pepper. Mix well with (your hands,) a fork or wooden spoon.

Place 2 tablespoons (or simply squeeze an amount in your fist like a ball) of the stuffing in the center of one of the wilted cabbage leaves and, beginning with the thick end of the leaf, fold over the sides, then roll the whole leaf tightly as you would a small bundle. Repeat with more leaves until all the stuffing has been used.

Spread the sauerkraut on the bottom of a 5-quart casserole and arrange the cabbage rolls on top of it. Add the water mixed with the tomato puree. Bring the liquid to a boil, then cover the pan tightly and cook the stuffed cabbage leaves over low heat for 1 hour. Transfer the rolls from the casserole to a warm platter.

The sauce:

In a small saucepan on medium heat, melt the butter and stir in the flour. Continue to stir until the flour browns slightly. Gradually stir in the cream, continuing to stir until the sauce is thick and smooth. Stir the sauce into the sauerkraut and simmer 5 to 10 minutes longer. With a fork or slotted spoon, lift the sauerkraut onto a serving platter. Arrange the cabbage rolls on the sauerkraut and pour some of the sauce over them. Serve the rest of the sauce in a sauceboat.

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Rod Franklin Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 20 February 2010 at 11:21
I love these things. They can be a chore to make, but they freeze well and can be made by the bucket full.

I learned to fillet the rib off of the cabbage leaves, and to always use pork and beef, and to bake it in a covered pot instead of on the stove top.

I'm lazier now and sometimes I cheat! :) I found that I can layer the sauerkraut/meat mixture/cabbage etc. in a casserole and bake it. It's got all the same stuff and gets me to that taste of way back when.

Don't forget the pumpernickel and butter on the side!

I never tried  it with marjoram, but that sounds like a fine addition. Next time!
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