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Irresistibly Delicious Hungarian Cabbage Rolls Recipe – aka: Töltött Káposzta

Impulsive Culinarian’s Hungarian Cabbage Rolls Recipe … aka: Töltött Káposzta

Filling Ingredients

  • 1 Medium/Large Yellow Onion, chopped
  • 3 tbsp Dairy Free Margarine
  • 2 Garlic Cloves, finely chopped
  • 1/2 pound Medium Ground Beef
  • 1/2 pound Ground Pork
  • 2/3 cup Basmati or Jasmine Rice
  • 1 Egg
  • 2 tbsp Paprika
  • 1 tsp Kosher Salt
  • Freshly Ground Black Pepper

Remaining Ingredients


  • If you’ve made spaghetti or tomato sauce in advance and frozen it, put it in a sauce pan over low heat to warm it up while preparing the rest of the recipe
  • Warm a non-stick skillet over medium heat
  • Add margarine and chopped onions to the skillet and saute until translucent (around 5 minutes)
  • Add finely chopped garlic to the onions and saute for another minute or two
  • Transfer onions and garlic to a large mixing bowl and set aside to cool
  • Preheat oven to 350°
  • Once the onions are cooled, add beef, pork, rice, egg, paprika, salt & pepper to the bowl
    • Be sure your rice is NOT cooked when you add it to the filling mixture, it will cook in the casserole dish once it’s in the oven :)
  • Mix the filling ingredients together well until thoroughly combined
  • Add white wine to your tomato/spaghetti sauce and mix together well
  • Coat the bottom of a 3 liter (3 quart) casserole dish with 1/2 (1 cup) of the sauce & wine mixture
  • Trim the ribs off your 10 cabbage roll leaves
  • Lay each cabbage leaf seam side down, fill each one with 1/3 cup of the filling mixture
  • Roll the bottom of the leaf over the mixture, tuck in sides and finish rolling
    • Avoid rolling too tightly to leave a bit of room for the rice to expand
  • Place each roll seam side down in the casserole dish
  • Pour remaining sauce and wine mixture on top of the cabbage rolls
  • Cover with a tight fitting oven-safe lid and cook in the center rack for 90 minutes
  • Serve soon after cooking is done
Irresistibly delicious Hungarian cabbage rolls - aka: Töltött Káposzta
Irresistibly delicious Hungarian cabbage rolls – aka: Töltött Káposzta

This Delicious Hungarian Comfort Food Is So Simple And Delicious

By adding uncooked rice to the filing mixture, it allows these scrumptious cabbage rolls to cook up so nice and plump, making this dish even more satisfying to the eyes as well as the palate. It’s strongly recommended to use a home-made tomato sauce of some kind rather than sauce from a jar, and also be sure to add white wine that you would actually drink; the combination of these two delicious ingredients will definitely make the difference in your final cabbage rolls.

Jó étvágyat, here’s hoping you enjoy this delicious Töltött Káposzta recipe as much as we do!

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