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.