Stuffed Cabbage Roll Recipes

Stuffed cabbage roll recipes exist in every ethnic cuisine and are considered comfort food to the highest degree. Some are strictly vegetarian filled with buckwheat groats, barley or millet, while others feature beef, lamb or pork, or a combination of all three.

Using beet or other vegetable leaves or grape leaves instead of cabbage is also common in Slavic, Greek, Italian, Middle Eastern, Asian and other cuisines. It's safe to say you can have stuffed cabbage every day for a month without...MORE repeating the recipe.

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    Stuffed Cabbage Rolls
    Stuffed Cabbage Rolls. © Martin Jacobs / Photodisc / Getty Images

    This Bulgarian recipe for stuffed cabbage rolls or sarmi is made with veal, pork, carrots, tomato juice, and a yogurt-paprika sauce.

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    croatian stuffed cabbagte
    Croatian Stuffed Cabbage. © dirkr / Getty Images

    This recipe for Croatian stuffed cabbage or sarma makes enough for a crowd and since they're even better the next day and the day after, you'll have tasty leftovers! They also freeze well cooked or uncooked.

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    Czech Stuffed Cabbage Rolls
    Czech Stuffed Cabbage Rolls. © Brian Hagiwara / Getty Images

    This recipe for Czech stuffed cabbage or holubky uses ground beef and pork, rice, tomato juice and paprika.

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    Hungarian Stuffed Cabbage Rolls
    Hungaria Stuffed Cabbage Rolls. © Sergey Kashkin / Getty Images

    These Hungarian cabbage rolls (toltott koposzta) are made with ground pork, beef, sliced smoked pork butt, sauerkraut and fresh cabbage. More traditional recipes would be made with whole soured cabbage heads like kiseli kupus.

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    Jewish Stuffed Cabbage
    Jewish Stuffed Cabbage. © Sergey Kashkin / Getty Images

    This Ashkenazi (Eastern European) Jewish stuffed cabbage recipe or holishkes is a traditional dish for Sukkot, the harvest festival in autumn, but it is enjoyed year-round by Jewish communities in Europe, the United States, and the Middle East. This recipe has a sweet-sour sauce with raisins.

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    Kosher Lamb-Stuffed Cabbage Recipe

    Chef Alex Resnick's Lamb-Stuffed Cabbage
    Chef Alex Resnick's Lamb-Stuffed Cabbage. © Bitayavon/Joy of Kosher

    This kosher stuffed cabbage recipe features lamb, Arborio rice, savoy cabbage, and a spicy tomato sauce.

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    Lithuanian Stuffed Cabbage Rolls
    Lithuanian Stuffed Cabbage Rolls. © Marton Hadfi / EyeEm / Getty Images

    This recipe for Lithuanian stuffed cabbage is known as balandeliai or "little pigeons." This dish is common throughout Eastern Europe and the recipe varies from country to country, region to region, and family to family.

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    Polish Stuffed Cabbage - Golabki
    Polish Stuffed Cabbage - Gołąbki. © Barbara Rolek

    Stuffed cabbage rolls or gołąbki, which means "little pigeons," are the epitome of Polish comfort food. Pork and beef mixed with rice, barley or buckwheat groats are nestled in a cabbage leaf, rolled and cooked in the oven or on the stovetop until tender.

    Follow these steps for making gołąbki. For a different spin on Polish "pigs in a blanket," try gołąbki with tomato sauce and this unstuffed cabbage recipe.

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    Polish Whole-Head Stuffed Cabbage (Kapusta Faszerowana) Recipe

    Chef Bogdan Gałązka's Whole Head Stuffed Cabbage
    Chef Bogdan Gałązka's Whole Head Stuffed Cabbage. © Multico, used with permission.

    I like this spin on traditional stuffed cabbage or gołąbki in Polish. The stuffed whole head can be served by slicing it into wedges accompanied by a rosemary cream sauce.

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    Romanian Stuffed Cabbage with Smoked Meat
    Romanian Stuffed Cabbage with Smoked Meat. © Stefano Dore / EyeEm / Getty Images

    This recipe for Romanian stuffed cabbage or sarmale can be enjoyed year-round in Romania, but especially for holidays like Christmas and Easter.

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    Russian Stuffed Cabbage Rolls
    Russian Stuffed Cabbage Rolls. © PoppyB / Getty Images

    These Russian stuffed cabbages, known as golubtsi or golubtsy are made with millet, carrots and salt pork, napped with a sour cream tomato sauce, and baked in the oven.

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    Stuffed Cabbages
    Stuffed Cabbages. © Barbara Rolek

    Sarma is the Serbian version of stuffed cabbage. Some Serbian cooks use imported or homemade whole heads of brined cabbage (sauerkraut) known as kiseli kupus when making their sarma. Compare this recipe with Serbian sarma recipe #1 and Serbian vegetarian or posna sarma recipe.

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    Slovak Stuffed Cabbage Rolls
    Slovak Stuffed Cabbage Rolls. © SilviaJansen / Getty Images

    This recipe for Slovak stuffed cabbage, also known as holubky or halupki, is made with ground beef and pork, sauerkraut, paprika and tomato sauce.

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    Czech / Slovak Pressure-Cooker Stuffed Cabbage
    Czech / Slovak Pressure-Cooker Stuffed Cabbage. © Barbara Rolek

    This recipe for Czech / Slovak stuffed cabbage or holubky uses ground beef and pork, rice, canned tomato soup, undrained sauerkraut, and is cooked in a pressure cooker, so it's fast. Instead of using tomato soup, low-sodium V8 juice or tomato sauce can be used.

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    Slovene Stuffed Cabbage Rolls
    Slovene Stuffed Cabbage Rolls. © Charles Groux / Getty Images

    This recipe for Slovenian stuffed cabbage or sarma s kislim zeljem is made with pork and beef, rice, sauerkraut, tomato juice, and pork neck bones.

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    Ukrainian Stuffed Cabbage Rolls
    Ukrainian Stuffed Cabbage Rolls. © Sergey Kashkin / Getty Images

    Ukrainian stuffed cabbage is known as holubtsi, which literally means "little pigeons." Fillings vary widely and can be meatless or contain any combination of meats, vegetables, and grains.

    The wrapper can variously be cabbage, beet, lettuce or spinach leaves and, even grape leaves in the grape-growing regions of Ukraine.

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    Kramarczuk's Stuffed Cabbage or Holubtsi. © Kramarczuk's, used with permission.

    This recipe from Kramarczuk's Deli in Minneapolis for Ukrainian holubtsi can be made with a meat or vegetarian filling and benefits from a tomato cream sauce.

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    Greek Stuffed Cabbage Rolls
    Greek Stuffed Cabbage Rolls. © Steve Outram / Getty Images

    Stuffed cabbage with ground beef and rice are covered with a traditional egg-lemon (avgolemono) sauce in this Greek recipe for stuffed cabbage known as Lahanodolmathes.

    Greeks believe the best cabbage can be found after the first frost, so all versions of stuffed cabbage are winter favorites. Stuffed grape leaves or are popular year-round because they can be preserved.

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    German Stuffed Cabbage Rolls
    German Stuffed Cabbage Rolls. © Steve Cohen / Getty Images

    This recipe for German stuffed cabbage is made with ground beef and if you crave more spice, use caraway, mustard or tomato sauce in the meat or the sauce.

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    Stuffed Cabbage Rolls
    Stuffed Cabbage Rolls. © Barbara Rolek

    This recipe is perfect for busy cooks. Brown rice and Dijon mustard put a different spin on this comfort-food classic.

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    Vegan Stuffed Cabbage
    Vegan Stuffed Cabbage. © Ashley Skabar licensed to About.com, Inc.

    This dairy-free vegan stuffed cabbage recipe suits a variety of occasions and can be served as either a first course or entrée. Check out this step-by-step cabbage rolls tutorial on how to assemble the rolls.

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    Italilan Stuffed Cabbage Rolls
    Italian Stuffed Cabbage Rolls. © Westend61 / Getty Images

    This recipe for Italian stuffed cabbage calls for savoy cabbage, soy sauce (the secret ingredient) and a sauce. This Italian recipe for Cabbage with Chestnuts and Sausages is even easier because the cabbage leaves are stuffed while still attached to the stem!

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    Low-Carb Unstuffed Cabbage Recipe

    Peggy's Unstuffed Cabbage
    Peggy's Unstuffed Cabbage. © Barbara Rolek

    This easy low-carb recipe for unstuffed cabbage is made in a slow cooker. It can be made low fat by using very lean meat.