This is an extremely reductive version of the traditional Polish dish, Golabki or Stuffed Cabbage Rolls. This recipe was given to my mother by her Polish mother-in-law several years ago. Simple Golabki is tasty, easy, and quick.

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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Heat a large pot over medium-high heat; cook and stir ground beef until crumbly, evenly browned, and no longer pink, about 5 minutes. Drain and discard any excess grease. Stir in cabbage, onion, garlic, and 1/4 cup water; cook and stir for 1 minute. Add tomatoes and season with salt and pepper. Pour remaining 1/4 cup water into pot; bring a boil. Reduce heat to medium and simmer until cabbage is tender, 7 to 10 minutes.

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Aluminum foil helps keep food moist, ensures it cooks evenly, keeps leftovers fresh, and makes clean-up easy.

Nutrition Facts

224.9 calories; protein 18.2g 36% DV; carbohydrates 18.7g 6% DV; fat 9.6g 15% DV; cholesterol 49.6mg 17% DV; sodium 1431.9mg 57% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 4 stars
11/30/2018
I added a 1/2 tbsp of dried parsley 1/4 tsp paprika and a 15 oz can of tomato sauce. Then each serving gets a dollop of sour cream. This is now a regular in our fall/winter rotation. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
12/04/2012
Even with some embellishing (adding more garlic Worcestershire sauce and V-8 rather than water) this fell short for us in both flavor as well as eye appeal. Still it was an easy one dish meal that came together quickly. I think this could be improved by preparing it with tomato sauce rather than the diced tomatoes and adding some cooked rice. Read More
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29 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 17
  • 4 star values: 8
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 4 stars
11/29/2018
I added a 1/2 tbsp of dried parsley 1/4 tsp paprika and a 15 oz can of tomato sauce. Then each serving gets a dollop of sour cream. This is now a regular in our fall/winter rotation. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/10/2012
I have been making this for several years it is really easy and tastes great. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
12/03/2012
Even with some embellishing (adding more garlic Worcestershire sauce and V-8 rather than water) this fell short for us in both flavor as well as eye appeal. Still it was an easy one dish meal that came together quickly. I think this could be improved by preparing it with tomato sauce rather than the diced tomatoes and adding some cooked rice. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/09/2012
About a thousand times easier than rolling the dang rolls! I changed this up quite a bit though. I made it using my family recipe although in a big pot like a goulash. I did everything here EXCEPT a doubled the meat added a few cups of cooked white rice (cooked in chicken broth with a big dollop of butter) added dried thyme to taste (1tsp ) and used a liter of tomato juice instead of the canned tomatoes. I personally like butter melted on top for serving too. My son loves this dish so much that I feed it to him for breakfast with an egg on top. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/19/2014
This was delicious and everyone liked it! I used crushed tomatoes instead of diced and covered it while it simmered (It would have dried out otherwise). I cooked it for 20-25 minutes which was perfect. I used 2 small onions and would not leave them out. They really add to the dish. I will make this again! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
02/26/2013
I love simple recipes they get me started making something which otherwise I might find too complicated. I made changes to this and have saved it as my favorite unstuffed (low carb friendly) cabbage recipe. I sauted onion and garlic and used 2lb hot italian sausage/hamburger mix and browned it before adding to the pot. I added a cup of tomato sauce 1 1/2 teaspoons of splenda and 1/2 teaspoon of nutmeg. When the concoction was close to done I turned up the heat and removed the lid on the pot to reduce the moisture but not overboil the leaves. I'll make it this way forever. Thank you for giving me a great start. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/20/2012
I just made this plate and it was great. I changed the recipe a little bit though. I added some turmeric parsley basil and tarragon. I also boiled some split peas and added it to the dish. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/27/2015
Very easy to make. I added rice and rotel since we like a little spice. My husband loved it with cornbread Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
03/17/2014
I loved the fact how easy this was to make and the amount of veggies was awesome. One problem though is it was quite bland:( I will probably not make again. Read More
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