Golumpki makeover 

Do you love your ethnic staples? I know my husband does! Not that golumpkis are bad but you can always make them better! So tonight I decided to add leannmeats and whole grains to the recipie.

This great meal which can be made ahead and frozen for easy meals on a crazy night was a hit with the hubby! 

This recipie makes 17 golumpkis

What you need:

  • Large cabbage head


  • 1 lb ground pork
  • 1 lb 94% lean ground beef 
  • 1 lb 99% lean ground turkey
  • 2 medium onions choppes
  • 4 garlic cloves chopped
  • 1/2 cup uncooked brown rice
  • 1/2 cup uncooked white rice
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 2 eggs slightly beaten
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp salt


  • 2 cans tomato soup
  • 2 cans tomato sauce
  • 1 tbsp light brown sugar

Directions for cabbage

  1. Cut core out of the cabbage and steam for 20 min (it makes it easier to remove leaves without ripping)
  2. Blanch steamed leaves in salty water for about 3 minutes ubtil they are soft and playable
  3. Cut hard part of stem out

Directions for filling

  1. Heat 1 tbsp of olive oil in a skillet
  2. Once oil is hot put in chopped onions and sauté 
  3. Once onions are translucent add garlic and sauté for about 3 minute
  4. Meanwhile in two separate pots cook rice
  5. In pot one place white rice with 1 cup of water. Bring to a boil and simmer until cooked.
  6. In the second pot bring 1 1/2 cups water to a boil and add brown rice. Put down to a simmer until cooked
  7. Add the sauted garlic and onions, cooked rice, and remainder of filling ingredients. Mix until combined but make sure to not to over mix.

Directions for sauce

  1. Mix all sauce ingredients together

Directions for putting all together

  1. Place 1/2 cup of mix in center of cabbage leaf. Fold up bottom then sides and roll forward 
  2. Place a little bit of the sauce on the bottom of the baking dishe.
  3. Place rolled cabbage leaves in dish
  4. Then pour the remainder of the sauce evenly over the cabbage rolls.
  5. Cover and bake for 1 hour at 350 degrees.

Don’t have time to cook this day of no worries you can cook it in the crock pot for 8 hours on low!

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