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Golubsti

Type: Mains
Servings: 6
Ready in: 2 hours
Calories: Middle
The golubsti (cabbage rolls) is a traditional Ukrainian dish. It is a peculiar cabbage roll stuffed with minced meat and rice, and braised in tomato sauce. Such a combination of products provides cabbage rolls with an unusual taste.
The Ukrainian golubtsi bear strong resemblance to Turkish dolma. However there is a considerable difference. It consists in leaves that cover the stuffing: the dolma is coated in grape leave instead of cabbage one
The traditional stuffing for Ukrainian golubtsi is rice and minced meat (as a rule it is a mix of pork and beef). Nevertheless, the mushrooms, bacon, haricot beans can also be used. Sometimes, the rice is substituted with buckwheat, wheat grits, etc. If the stuffing may vary, the cabbage is the indispensable ingredient.
The Ukrainian golubsti are big – the usual helping consists of 2-3 pieces. This dish is very nutritive so the one helping is enough to be sated.
Every housewives decides how to serve the dish, however, the classic variant is golubtsi in tomato sauce complimented with sour cream.

Ingredients

Cabbage 1 pieces
Minced meat 500 g
Rice 230 g
Onions 1 pieces
Carrot 1 pieces
Tomatoes 2 pieces
Salt 25 g
Ground black pepper 10 g

 

Stages of cooking

1
Boil the cabbage that you’ll be able to stuff its leaves with filling. Trim off the stem end of the cabbage. Boil the cabbage until soften. Pull away leaves trying to avoid crushing.
2
Cook the rice in salted water until half-ready.
3
Brown the onions and carrots in the frying pan with sunflower oil.
4
Mix browned onions with raw minced meat and half-ready rice. Season the filling with salt and pepper.
5
Fill the soften cabbage leaves with stuffing. Place even amounts of filling on each cabbage leaf, then roll the leaf around the filling. Beginning from the cut end of the leaf, roll each leaf up and over the filling, tucking the leaf underneath itself to create a tight bundle. Do it thoroughly because the leaf can break. Put them into large pot for a further cooking.
6
The sauce for golubtsi’s stewing is very easy to cook. Fry the onions and carrots in the preheated frying pan with sunflower oil. Then add the tomato paste or 2-3 ripe grated or processed in blender tomatoes and continue cooking.
7
Add the finished tomato sauce to golubtsi. Braise for 30 mins over a low heat.

 

 

 

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