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Polish recipes: Golabki (golumpki, gwumpki)

How to make Polish Golabki (Cabbage Rolls) in mushrooms sauce? (a classic recipe)

You will need:

  • 1 cabbage
  • rice
  • meat (pork, beef, turkey)
  • onion
  • mushrooms
  • salt, pepper
  • cream

Golabki in mushroom sauce
Golabki in mushroom sauce 
Golabki ('golumpki', 'gwumpki') have three main parts: cabbage, filling and sauce. This is how to prepare them.
Blanch the cabbage and rinse it with cold water. Seperate the leaves. You can beat biggest, hard veins with a meat mallet, or simply remove them. Now prepare the filling. Cook the rice and mince the meat. For best effect use a mixture of different kinds of meat: pork, beef and turkey for example. Fry finely cut onion. Add it to the meat. Add salt and pepper to taste. Mix together rice and meat. It's up to you what the proportion will be. We suggest about 70% rice and 30% meat. But if you want more meat - no problem.

Now spread the cabbage leaves and put the filling on them. There should be enough of each leaf left free so you can wrap it around the filling. Roll up each leaf firmly. Put your golabkis in the pan side by side, so they fit tightly into the pan.

Prepare the sauce. Rinse and chop the mushrooms. Brown some onion on vegetable oil or butter. Fry the mushrooms with the onion. Stir, add salt and pepper. Keep heating until the sauce boils. Shortly before it does add a slight amount of cream. The sauce is very important as without it your galbki would taste too dry.

Pour the sauce to the pan where the golabkis are. Put the pan in the oven and fry your golabkis until they get brownish. When serving apply the sauce handsomely.