Stuffed Cabbage

Stuffed Cabbage

Recipe By Nitra Ladies Auxiliary

Learn how to prepare classic Stuffed Cabbage, a traditional Jewish Ashkenazi dish.

Type: Meat Prep Time: 80 minutes Level: Not mentioned

Learn how to prepare classic Stuffed Cabbage, a traditional Jewish Ashkenazi dish. Cabbage leaves are separated, boiled until soft, and stuffed with a savory meat and rice filling and served with your choice of three sweet and tart tomato sauces. Yields 15–20 cabbage rolls and meatballs. From

Main ingredients

2 heads cabbage

2 peppers (optional)

Filing ingredients

2 pounds chopped beef or turkey

4 eggs

1 cup cooked rice

1/2 teaspoon salt

2 large onions, chopped and sautéed

Sauce I version I

48 ounces  Gefen Tomato Juice

16 ounces  Gefen Tomato Sauce

6 ounces  Gefen Tomato Paste

1 cup water

1/2 teaspoon pepper

1/2 cup sugar

Sauce I version II

1 jar sauerkraut

3-4 bay leaves

48 ounces  Gefen Tomato Juice

3 ounces Gefen Tomato Sauce

2 tablespoons oil

2 cups water

1 tablespoon vinegar

1/2 cup sugar

Sauce II

1/4 cup oil

1/4 cup water

2 onions, sliced

48 ounces Gefen Tomato Sauce

1/2 cup sugar

Prepare Cabbage

Insert heads of cabbage into boiling water for 15-20 minutes.

Remove, cool slightly.

Remove leaves carefully, lifting each one separately and tearing off at bottom.


Combine ingredients for filling.

Place heaping tablespoonful of meat onto rib of each leaf.

Roll cabbage leaf along length, tuck in both ends and continue rolling.

Shred remaining cabbage.


Remaining meat mixture can be added to sauce as meatballs.


Peppers can be filled with meat, too.

Cooking Method I

Place shredded cabbage into 12-quart pot.

Add cabbage rolls.

Layer additional cabbage rolls and shredded cabbage.

Add ingredients for desired sauce (Sauce I version I or II) and cook for two hours.

Cooking Method II

Place water and oil into 12-quart pot.

Add onions and shredded cabbage.

Place cabbage rolls over shredded cabbage. Layer additional rolls and shredded cabbage.

Cook over low heat for two hours.

Add tomato sauce and sugar, cook for additional 30 minutes.