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Lets make this Easy: Halupki

Posted 10/23/2017 8:41am by Gayle Ganser.

Hello Eagle Point Fans,

We have been craving our favorite cabbage meal that past few weeks, but we all know how long Halupki (stuffed cabbage) recipes can take. But we found a great recipe to make them in under an hour! (about 35 minutes)

We were surprised with how easy this recipe was and how delicious it turned out. One of the best meals we have made this season!

One thing we would change next time we make it, is that we would cut down on the amount of salt we used.

Halupki/Stuffed Cabbage Recipe:

For the cabbage and sauce:
1 large head Savoy cabbage (or Chinese Cabbage) (about 2 1/4 pounds), including outer leaves
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 medium Candy Sweet Onion, diced
1 (28-ounce) can crushed tomatoes and their juices (We diced a large tomato and added some can tomato sauce)
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
1/4 cup raisins (optional)-This added a sweet factor into the dish, we definitely recommend putting them in.
3 tablespoons packed light brown sugar
3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

For the filling:
1/3 cup uncooked long-grain white rice
1 large egg
1/4 cup finely chopped Candy Sweet Onion
1 clove garlic, minced
2 teaspoons kosher salt
1 teaspoon paprika
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 pound ground beef

Prep the cabbage:

  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil.
  2. Meanwhile, remove 10 to 12 whole outer leaves from the cabbage by cutting them off the core. (Reserve the remaining cabbage for another use.)
  3. Add the leaves to the boiling water and blanch until wilted, about 2 minutes. Drain and transfer the leaves to a paper towel-lined baking sheet; set aside.

Make the sauce:

  1. Heat the oil in a large frying pan over medium heat until simmering.
  2. Add the onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 8 minutes.
  3. Add the tomatoes, vinegar, raisins if using, brown sugar, salt, and pepper and simmer, stirring occasionally, until the flavors meld, about 15 minutes. Meanwhile, make the filling and stuff the cabbage.

Make the filling:

  1. Place all the ingredients except the beef in a medium bowl and stir to combine.
  2. Add the beef and gently mix it in, making sure not to compact the meat. Divide the mixture into 8 portions (about scant 1/3 cup each), then form each portion into a ball.
  3. Working with one leaf at a time, place a ball on the center of the leaf.
  4. Fold in the sides of the leaf tightly over the filling, completely covering the filling.
  5. Place seam-side down on a baking sheet or large plate. Repeat with the remaining leaves, overlapping 2 leaves as needed if they are too small (you will not use all the leaves).
  6. When the sauce is ready, place the stuffed cabbage seam-side down in single layer in the sauce.
  7. Spoon some of the sauce over the top of the stuffed cabbage so that they're covered.
  8. Cover and simmer over medium-low heat undisturbed until the rice in the filling is cooked through, about 35 minutes.

They turned out perfect! Let us know if you try this recipe!


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