Stuffed Cabbage. Photo: Agneta Halpern (Agi)
Stuffed Cabbage. Photo: Agneta Halpern (Agi)
Recipe

Stuffed Cabbage

Grandma Frida used to say: "Cooking energizes and strengthens me." One of her goals was to prepare plenty of stuffed vegetables for Purim

Making stuffed vegetables was a regular custom in every Jewish home in Transylvania on Purim. Most houses had gardens, and there was often an abundance of vegetables, so it was quite simple to prepare these dishes – to create a holiday atmosphere. Mom would make stuffed cabbage as well as stuffed peppers, stuffed vine leaves, stuffed zucchini and stuffed kohlrabi. All of us – from big to small – love the stuffed vegetables that she taught us to make.

Ingredients for Stuffed Cabbage

For the filling:

  • 1 Cabbage large
  • 1.1 lbs (500 grams) chicken breast ground (or ground turkey)
  • 5.3 oz (150 grams) brown rice cooked
  • 1 egg
  • 2 teaspoon oil
  • 1 onion small, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon mayonnaise
  • Salt to taste
  • ground black pepper to taste

For the sauce:

  • 7 oz (200 grams) tomato paste
  • lemon juice from one lemon
  • a little Sugar
  • 2 cups water for cooking

Instructions

  • 1. Prepare the filling and place in the refrigerator so the flavors combine.

  • 2. Core the cabbage, then put the cabbage in boiling water. Peel off each leaf.

  • 3. Remove the hard white ribs from the leaves as needed.

  • 4. Place a scoop of the filling on the leaf, fold one end over the filling, roll up and tuck the other end in.

  • 5. Arrange nicely in a wide pot.

  • 6. Prepare the sauce, pour over the cabbage and cook until soft. Adjust seasoning as needed. Add more water during cooking, if necessary.  

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You can also stuff zucchini, kohlrabi and more.

You can add a cup of sauerkraut to the filling.

If there are any cabbage leaves left, slice thinly and add to the pot during cooking.

This recipe is taken from the book “Grandma Frida’s Recipe Book” which contains selected Hungarian and Romanian recipes from the Transylvania region. The book was created by Frida Berkowitz and passed on to her daughters and grandchildren, who continue in the tradition and love preserving the wonderful flavors of her recipes to this day. The book also incorporates original quotes from grandmother Frida, which are related to her great love for food and cooking.

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