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Friday, November 13, 2015

Lazy cabbage rolls (leniwe gołąbki) in tomato sauce

Who doesn't love cabbage rolls? They're delicious and to die for, but there is one problem - they take a lot of time to make. This version of classic Polish cabbage rolls is a solution!
The taste is amazing, they're easy to make and you won't have to spend hours in the kitchen in order to enjoy them! Lazy cabbage rolls are quite popular in Poland - my mom makes them, when there is not enough time to make traditional ones. My reason to make these delicious food yesterday was the fact, that there was half of a cabbage sitting in the fridge and I had to figure out what to do with it. So, I thought - I've got cabbage, I've got meat - lazy cabbage rolls that is! And let me tell you - they were a hit!

INGREDIENTS (for about 16 pieces):
  • 500g minced meat (I used pork)
  • 1/2 cabbage
  • 1 glass rice
  • 2 onions
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 3-4 tbs marjoram
  • 3-4 tbs bread crumbs
  • 2 slices of stale bread
  • 1 egg
  • 500ml tomato paste
  • 750ml water or broth
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • oil for frying
First, cook your rice - it doesn't have to be completely cooked, 10-15 minutes is enough. Set it aside to cool down a little bit before mixing it in with other ingredients.

Cut the cabbage into small pieces - I used food processor for that to save time. Sprinkle it with salt, mix, squeeze a little bit with your hands and set aside for 15-20 minutes to soften it.
Preheat a pan with a little bit of oil and fry 1 finely chopped onion. Let it cool down. Combine meat with 2 crushed garlic cloves, 2 tbs marjoram and bread (dip it in water so it gets soft, squeeze out the excess liquid and then mix it in). Add cabbage and rice to the mix and combine it well using your hands. Finally add fried onion and mix everything together. Add egg, salt & pepper if needed and bread crumbs.
Next, preheat some oil on a pan. Form oval meatballs and fry them on both sides until golden-brown.

Prepare the sauce - chop the onion, sprinkle with salt & pepper and fry it for few minutes. Add crushed garlic, tomato paste and marjoram. Lower the heat and let it simmer for about 5 minutes.
Put your lazy cabbage rolls tightly in a big pot, it's ok if you'll end up having few layers of them. Pour tomato sauce on top of them and shake the pot a little bit to spread it everywhere.

Pour water or broth - just enough to cover your lazy cabbage rolls. Cook on medium heat for about 20-30 minutes.
Serve warm with mashed potatoes or bread, sprinkled with fresh parsley - yummy! We also like feta cheese on the side, which makes it more of a Polish - Greek fusion dish.

Bon appetite!

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