Hungarian stuffed cabbage rolls

Hungarian stuffed cabbage rolls
preparation of cabbage
  • 3 Kilogram (kg) cabbage fresh
  • 1 Litre (l) tomato juice for cooking
  • 2 Table spoon (tbsp) salt
  • 3 Kilogram (kg) minced meat (30% fat)
  • 4 Table spoon (tbsp) sweet paprika powder
  • 1 Table spoon (tbsp) grounded pepper
  • 3 Table spoon (tbsp) salt
  • 2 Table spoon (tbsp) marjoram
  • 2 Piece onion chopped
  • 4 Piece garlic cloves
  • 25 Dekagram (dkg) pearl barley
  • 1 Decilitre (dl) oil
  • 3 Table spoon (tbsp) flour
  • 1 Table spoon (tbsp) sweet paprika powder

season: Winter

occasion: 4Family, 4Holidays

origin: Traditional (National&Religious)



preparation of cabbage

This is a traditional one-course meal in Hungarian kitchen especially prepared at christmas and new years eve. Check the how to's for preparation of cabbage and right steps of stuffing the rolls. First you need to boil enough water to cover the cabbakóge and blanched the leaves.


For the filling you need to have minced meat and the listed ingredients. First wash the barley and cook it just for 15-20 minutes, once it is getting cold add to the meat and finish to knead the meat and form equal size of balls fit to the number and size of cabbage leaves.


After formning the cabbage rolls put into a large pot, starting at the bottom and finishing at the top with shredded cabbage. Add enough water, a table spoon salt and tomato juice to cover cabbage and cook it at least 1,5-2 hours. Once the filling getting soft prepare a light brown roux and add a tablespoon sweet paprika after removing from the heat. The roux should prepare with liquid gained from the cooking. Once the roux is enough soft add to the cabbage and continue the cooking for half an hour. Serve with sour cream and fresh bread, really delicious on next day and after.

Conversion equivalents

Officially, a US Cup is equal to 240 ml or
8 fluid ounces ½ pint or 16 tablespoon.
1 cup of
fluid onces
Fluid - water & milk 240 8.0
Butter 226 8.0
All purpose flour 125 4.4
Confectioners sugar 125 4.4
Cocoa powder 118 4.2
White sugar granulated 200 7.1
Honey, Syrup 340 12.0
Vegetable oil 218 7.7
Table salt 273 9.6
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