“Lazy” Golabki Casserole

So today Kristine requested Golabki (Polish cabbage rolls).  I was very, very tired, so I offered instead a lazy version.  I know my mom has done this before, so I just sort of modified my personal golabki recipe, as follows:


  • 1 lb. ground beef (85/15 or 90/10
  • 1/2 to 3/4 lb. ground pork
  • 1 ½ – 2 chopped white onion
  • Salt, peper, to taste
  • 2 tsp garlic
  • 2 small cans tomato sauce
  • 2 cans stewed tomatoes
  • 1 tblsp brown sugar
  • 2 tsp each of sweet basil, celery seed, garlic, paprika, and fresh-ground nutmeg
  • 2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 ½ cups uncooked white rice
  • ½ – 1 head of cabbage, chopped
  • 1/2 cup to 1 cup of tomato juice, as needed


  1. Brown meat in a pan.  Salt liberally, add pepper and garlic while browning.
  2. When nearly browned, add in chopped onion and cook until onion is soft.
  3. Drain meat and return to pan.  Add tomato sauce, 1 can stewed tomatoes, salt (a lot), pepper, garlic, spice mixture, and Worcestershire sauce.  Bring to a simmer for about 10 minutes
  4. Add in uncooked rice and simmer for an additional 15 minutes
  5. Put 1/2 of chopped cabbage in a (very) large casserole dish (or two).  Pour meat mixture over top of cabbage, top with remaining cabbage, and then top with 1 can of stewed tomatoes.
  6. Bake covered at 350 F for one hour.  Add tomato juice as necessary if casserole dries out.

Serve with pierogi and dark rye bread.  And sauerkraut and kielbasa if you’re really, really hungry.


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