Cabbage Rolls

I have never celebrated New Year’s Eve without sauerkraut and cabbage rolls! Since I was born, my extended Hungarian family has gathered on New Year’s Eve and eaten what we call “Pigs In the Blanket”. A long time ago, I inherited the holiday as mine. So it’s been my task to make cabbage rolls for the entire extended family.

Here is my Great Aunt Maggie’s Hungarian Pigs In The Blanket recipe:

1 pound hamburg
1/2 onion cut fine
1 cup rice
salt and pepper
dash of sugar
1 tablespoon of water

1 head of cabbage
1 Jar of sauerkraut 32oz.

***When I make my cabbage rolls, I triple this recipe and get around 26 cabbage rolls.

Enjoy this traditional Hungarian holiday meal with my family recipe. Learn how to make cabbage rolls with these easy tips. #WomenLivingWell #cabbagerolls #hungarianrecipes #holidaymealsMix all of the above ingredients except the cabbage and sauerkraut in a bowl.

Put a pan of water on to boil. Cut and core the cabbage. Place the cabbage in the boiling water, core face down, and let the leaves come off one at a time.

Take a large pot and put a layer of sauerkraut along the bottom. Then roll a small amount of filling in a leaf. Make a layer of cabbage rolls and then layer it with sauerkraut and then a second layer of cabbage rolls. And top it with sauerkraut.

Fill the pan with water – sprinkle the top with pepper and let it come to a boil. Reduce the heat to simmer until the rice is done and the meat is cooked through (around 3 hours). Enjoy!

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  1. I've never seen cabbage rolls made with sauerkraut, I've always seen them topped with tomato sauce, but this looks great!

  2. oops – not sure about just how to layer when reading about getting the 2nd pot out. So, I put the entire jar of sauerkraut as a layer in bottom of the second pan ? I'm lost, but the picture looks yummy. Thanks. I'll try to pay attention.

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  3. Yes, the first pan you boil the cabbage in. The second larger pan – you layer a little sauerkraut, then some cabbage rolls, then a little more sauerkraut, a little more cabbage rolls and top it off with cabbage and pepper. Hope that makes sense!


  4. Never made them before. Thanks for the "how to". Looks like a great meal. Happy New Year and thanks for linking to TMTT.

  5. I love cabbage rolls and my Hungarian grandma also taught me how to make them. Everyone has their own recipe and my grandma used half & half ground beef and ground pork in her cabbage rolls, and also layers sour kraut between the rolls. She pours in home canned tomato juice instead of water. Serve with a big dollop of sour cream – yum!

  6. I love cabbage rolls!…can u tell me if you use a certain type of cabbage?…it seems I always get a really tough cabbage that doesn’t soften too much….and not easy to roll…yours looks great…thank you!….Kathy

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