Before I met Dave I had never heard of halupki or stuffed cabbage rolls. To be honest, the first time I tried them I was a bit nervous but after my first couple of bites I was hooked and when served with mashed potatoes I was over the moon!
To make halupki or stuffed cabbage rolls you have to cut out the core then carefully take the leaves off of a head of cabbage individually without breaking them. Next you pare away the center vein of each leaf, which can be tough because you don’t want to tear the leaves, they need to stay large enough so you can roll them up later. After that you boil the leaves and start preparing the mixture. Then you roll the mixture into the the cabbage leaves and bake.
While doing all of that makes for delicious cabbage rolls, sometimes I just don’t have time for it. That’s why the other day I thought I would try turning my regular recipe into a stuffed cabbage casserole.
While doing so used a lot of pots and pans, it was a time saver and it came out just as delicious as if I had rolled each leaf. Everyone really enjoyed it and I served it with mashed potatoes of course! This recipe was fantastic and one I look forward to making again and again.
One recommendation if you are making this recipe – it makes a lot! This made us happy because we had lots of leftovers and we could enjoy them anytime we wanted. The serving size for this recipe is great for those who also love leftoverss or are feeding a large crowd. If you need a dish for a potluck this stuffed cabbage casserole will do the trick or you can halve it if you prefer.
- 1 head of cabbage
- 1 lb of ground beef
- 1 lb of ground sausage
- 1 1/2 cups of cooked white rice
- 1 6 oz can of tomato paste
- 1 15 oz can of tomato sauce
- 1/4 cup finely chopped onion
- Preaheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray 13 X 9 baking pan with cooking spray.
- Brown ground beef and sausage in large skillet
- Saute onion in small skillet and then mix with meat
- Remove cabbage core and chop cabbage
- Fill large pot with water and bring to a boil. Add chopped cabbage and boil for 10-15 minutes until tender. Drain.
- In a large bowl pour in meat, rice, cabbage, tomato paste, and tomato sauce. Mix well.
- Spoon mixture into baking pan and bake uncovered for 30 minutes
- Serve with mashed potatoes and enjoy!