Traditional Romanian Cabbage Rolls

Authentic Romanian Sauerkraut Stuffed Cabbage Rolls- a great recipe for feeding a crowd, take it to potlucks and family reunions.
Prep Time1 min
Cook Time3 hrs 45 mins
Total Time4 hrs 45 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Romania
Keyword: Beef, cabbage, rice


  • 1 lb ground meat beef, pork
  • 1 big onion chopped finely
  • 1 cup rice
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp marjoram
  • 1 pickled cabbage or 1 big jar of cabbage leaves see pictures and links
  • 1 cup tomato juice
  • 1/2 cup tomato paste
  • 1/2 lb bacon chopped


  • Peel and finely chop the onion. Add oil to a deep pan or pot and turn on the heat. 
  • Add water to the rice so that it's covered with water. Stir continuously until the rice absorbs about half of the water.
  • Add one or two tablespoons of tomato paste and seasonings (salt, pepper, thyme) to the rice and mix everything well. Add and mix the ground meat. 
  • Grab a cabbage leaf and place 1 tablespoon of meat on it. Wrap the meat inside the cabbage leaf to obtain a neat roll.
  • Add a layer of bacon over each layer of rolls.
  • Fill up the pot with cabbage rolls, then mix together the tomato juice and the paste and pour it over the rolls.
  • Add water to cover the rolls.
  • Bake in the oven at 350F for3 hours.

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