Easy Stuffed Cabbage (Romanian Sarmale, Traditional and Vegetarian)

Today we show you our favorite recipe for Romanian stuffed cabbage, aka Sarmale! These will be a hit in your home!! We also include a vegetarian option πŸ™‚ The traditional recipe makes 80 rolls – please cut the recipe for less!

Easy Stuffed Cabbage (Romanian Sarmale, Traditional and Vegetarian)

Romanian Sarmale is a traditional dish made with ground beef, rice, onions, and spices. This vegetarian version has mushrooms instead of meat for an easy but filling dinner meal.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Romanian
Servings 8

Ingredients
  

Traditional (Meat) Ingredients:

  • 2 large onions
  • 1 TBS of Paprika
  • 1 TBS ground pepper
  • 2 TBS salt
  • 1ΒΌ cup rice any kind you would like
  • 6 oz tomato paste
  • 1 cup of water
  • 10 oz or 8oz of tomato sauce
  • 2 lbs ground pork
  • 2 lbs ground chuck/beef
  • 1 bag sour krout 1 pound
  • 2 large cabbage savoy
  • 4 oz bacon

Vegetarian Ingredients:

  • 1 large onion
  • 1 TBS of Paprika
  • 1 TBS ground pepper
  • 2 TBS salt
  • ΒΎ cup of rice any kind you would like
  • 8 oz tomato paste
  • 1 cup of water
  • 10 oz or 8oz of tomato sauce
  • 3 8 oz packs of mushrooms
  • 1 bag sour krout 1 pound
  • 1 large cabbage savoy

Instructions
 

Before Filling & Rolling:

  • Core cabbage
  • Add to boiling water for 5 minutes
  • Start peeling off leaves as they fall off – If not tender to remove, keep in water until they fall off

For Traditional (Meat) Stuffed Cabbage –

  • Sautee onions
  • Mix in paprika for another min
  • Mix in pepper and 1 tablespoon salt
  • Mix in tomato paste
  • Mix in rice & once all mixed, take off heat to cool
  • Combine meats and rice mixture together
  • Add a tablespoon of salt & 1 cup of water to the meat/rice mixture
  • Cut Cabbage leaves into two (remove the spine)
  • Put half of one leaf on a board and take your filling mixture and make a long oval into your hand, put that on the cabbage leaf and roll it & tuck at the end *see video for how this is done. Repeat these two steps until you are done with cabbage and/or meat filling
  • Take a large pot and add oil and 1 bag of sour krout & on top of that 4 oz of bacon* (Bacon for traditional)
  • Arrange cabbage in a circular formation until 2 inches from the top
  • Pour a cup of water with a cup of 8 oz of tomato sauce on top of everything
  • Put any extra leaves on top
  • Cover & watch until boils (medium-high) then put to medium-low for about an hour/hour and 1/2

For Vegetarian Option:

  • Sautee onions
  • Mix in paprika for another min
  • Mix in pepper and 1 tablespoon salt
  • Mix in tomato paste
  • Mix in rice & once all mixed, take off heat to cool
  • Sautee mushrooms & add to rice mixture
  • Add a tablespoon of salt and 3/4 of a cup of water to the mushroom/rice mixture
  • Follow the same stops 8-14 as above, serve, & enjoy!

Video

Keyword sarmale, vegetarian

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