A traditional meat and rice-stuffed cabbage roll from the Volga-Germans families prevalent in Ellis County, Kansas.

Prep Time:
1 hrs
Cook Time:
2 hrs 30 mins
Total Time:
3 hrs 30 mins
40 servings


  • 3 heads cabbage, cored

  • 1 cup apple cider vinegar

  • 3 cups water

  • 1 ½ cups long grain rice

  • 5 pounds ground beef

  • 1 (16 ounce) package bulk pork sausage

  • ¼ cup diced onion

  • 4 teaspoons salt

  • 1 ½ teaspoons garlic salt

  • 1 teaspoon fresh-ground black pepper

  • 1 (16 ounce) jar sauerkraut, drained and pureed


  1. Place cabbages in a large stockpot filled halfway with water; add vinegar. Cover and steam over low heat until leaves are tender, 1 to 1 1/2 hours. Remove cabbages, reserving vinegar cooking water. Rinse with cold water to chill the cabbage, then separate the leaves.

  2. Meanwhile, bring 3 cups water and rice to a boil in a saucepan over high heat, then reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer until the rice is tender, about 20 minutes. Remove from heat and fluff with a fork; set aside to cool.

  3. Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Brown the ground beef and sausage with the onion, salt, garlic salt, and pepper, 7 to 10 minutes. Drain and set aside to cool.

  4. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Cover the bottom of a large roasting pan with a single layer of cabbage leaves.

  5. Prepare the filling by stirring together the rice, cooked meat, and sauerkraut until well blended. Place 1/3 cup of filling into each leaf and roll into a cylinder, tucking in the ends as you roll it up. Place the rolls into the roasting pan. Pour in enough of the cooking liquid from the cabbage to come halfway up the sides of the rolls. Cover pan with a tight fitting lid or aluminum foil.

  6. Bake in preheated oven for 1 1/2 hours. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

181 Calories
9g Fat
12g Carbs
13g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 40
Calories 181
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 9g 12%
Saturated Fat 4g 18%
Cholesterol 41mg 14%
Sodium 527mg 23%
Total Carbohydrate 12g 4%
Dietary Fiber 3g 9%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 13g
Vitamin C 34mg 172%
Calcium 50mg 4%
Iron 2mg 11%
Potassium 330mg 7%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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