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Hungarian Stuffed Cabbage Recipe - Toltott Kaposzta


Stuffed Cabbages

Stuffed Cabbages

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This recipe for Hungarian stuffed cabbage or toltott kaposzta is adapted from "George Lang's Cuisine of Hungary (Random House, 1994). The cabbage rolls are made with ground pork, beef, sliced smoked pork butt, sauerkraut and fresh cabbage. More traditional recipes would be made with whole soured cabbage heads like kiseli kupus.

Other popular Hungarian cabbage dishes include layered cabbage (rakott kaposzta or kolozsvari), sloppy cabbage (lucskoskaposzta), and Szekely cabbage (szekelykaposzta), a type of pork stew baked with sauerkraut and sour cream.

Makes about 18 Hungarian stuffed cabbages or toltott kaposzta

Prep Time: 1 hour

Cook Time: 1 hour, 15 minutes

Total Time: 2 hours, 15 minutes


  • 1/4 cup rice cooked in 1/2 cup water for 10 minutes and drained
  • 1 pound ground pork
  • 1/2 pound ground chuck
  • 2 minced garlic cloves
  • 2 finely chopped medium onions
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tablespoon salt or to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 tablespoons sweet or hot paprika
  • 1 head cabbage, about 4 pounds
  • 2 pounds drained sauerkraut (rinsing optional)
  • 1/2 cup tomato juice
  • 1/2 pound cooked or uncooked smoked pork butt, thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons lard
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup sour cream


  1. In a large bowl, thoroughy mix ground pork and beef with garlic, half the chopped onion, egg, salt, pepper, 1 tablespoon paprika and drained rice. Set aside.

  2. Remove core from cabbage. Place whole head in a large pot filled with boiling, salted water. Cover and cook 3 minutes, or until softened enough to pull off individual leaves. You will need about 18 leaves.

  3. When leaves are cool enough to handle, use a paring knife to cut away the thick center stem from each leaf, without cutting all the way through.

  4. Place about 1/2-cup of meat on each cabbage leaf. Roll away from you to encase the meat. Flip the right side of the leaf to the middle, then flip the left side. You will have something that looks like an envelope. Once again, roll away from you to create a neat little roll. Cut any remaining cabbage leaves into fine shreds and set aside.

  5. Place sauerkraut in a large casserole dish or Dutch oven (about 6 inches high, 16 inches long and 8 to 10 inches wide) and pour tomato juice on top, followed by slices of pork butt and enough water to just cover. Bring to a boil, lower heat and cook 5 minutes.

  6. Place reserved shredded cabbage in casserole. Nestle cabbage rolls in the sauerkraut. Bring to a boil, cover, reduce heat and simmer 1 hour.

  7. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Melt lard in a small skillet, and add flour and remaining chopped onion to make a roux. Cook slowly for about 10 minutes or until golden yellow. Turn off heat, stir in remaining 1 tablespoon paprika and 1 cup cold water until smooth.

  8. Gently remove the stuffed cabbage from the casserole to a warm platter. Take a ladleful of sauerkraut broth and whip it into the roux. Return this liquid to the main casserole, stirring well. Bring to a boil. Gently replace stuffed cabbages, cover and bake 15 minutes.

  9. Mix some of the pan juices with sour cream and pour over the stuffed cabbages when serving.
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