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Authentic Polish Golumpki

Authentic Polish Golumpki Recipe | Stuffed Cabbage Rolls | Polish Food


The cool fall weather and end of Daylight Savings Time means my family gets a hankering for some good old-fashioned Comfort food.   This Stuffed Cabbage Rolls, Golabki or Authentic Polish Golumpki recipe makes a delicious, satisfying supper for your family.

 Polish Food

My daughter wanted to learn how to make these easy Polish Stuffed Cabbage with sweet and sour tomato sauce.   It’s nice to pass on ethnic family traditions.  Golumpki is very much like stuffed peppers, except with cabbage, and the meat mixture is very much like you would use for a meatloaf.

The Golumpki recipe itself is easy, however it is very time consuming, so plan ahead!  The taste of this traditional comfort food is worth the effort.  It took us about 2 hours to make.  We doubled the recipe and made about 48 Golumpki.

Polish Golumpki Stuffed Cabbage Rolls Recipe

Each tray held about 6 medium size stuffed cabbage.  My daughter took 3 trays home, I gave one to another daughter, and kept 3 casserole dishes for ourselves, which became freezer meals.  We usually have the kids stop in for dinner so it’s nice to have a meal on-hand for unexpected company!

If you’re looking for the Polish Dumplings, or Authentic Polish Pierogi, I’ve shared our family recipe for Polish Pierogi Dough, and also the Potato and Farmer’s Cheese Pierogi fillings.

Usually we make the Pierogi around the Christmas holiday season.  I have several holiday craft fairs scheduled, and have been busy stocking my Moomettes Crochet shop with some pretty Crochet Wash Cloths for the season!  We might have to get an earlier start this year, right after Thanksgiving.  Take a peek:


Authentic Polish Golumpki


Here's the recipe we used for our Polish Golumpki, or Stuffed Cabbage and meat filling:

Polish Golumpki Stuffed Cabbage Recipe

Prep Time: 2 hours

Cook Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes


Serves 6-8

Polish Golumpki Stuffed Cabbage Recipe

Can be prepared ahead. Freeze uncooked. Then defrost, and cook as directed.


  • 1 Green Cabbage, large
  • Meat Filling
  • 2 lbs. Ground Beef (or use Meatloaf Mix)
  • 1/2 c. Minute Rice
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 c. Bread Crumbs, plain
  • 1/2 c. water
  • salt, pepper to taste
  • Sauce:
  • 2 (14 oz.) cans Tomato Sauce
  • 2 tbl. Light Brown Sugar
  • 1 tsp. White Vinegar
  • 1 tsp. Lemon Juice


  1. Boil cabbage until almost soft. Drain, separate each leaf and cool.
  2. Prepare meat mixture (ground beef, egg, bread crumbs, water, rice, salt, pepper)
  3. Prepare sauce (tomato sauce, brown sugar, white vinegar, lemon juice) and bring to a slight boil
  4. Stuff each cabbage leaf with 1-2 tablespoons of meat mixture. Roll up and tuck in ends. Secure with toothpick
  5. Cover bottom of baking dish with sauce. Place Golumpki seam side down in pan. Cover with more sauce.
  6. Bake for 1-1/2 hours at 350 degree oven.

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