Who doesn't love cabbage rolls?

Who doesn’t love cabbage rolls?

A joke in Russian goes like this: some individuals eat meat, some individuals eat cabbage, however on common individuals eat cabbage rolls.

Right now everybody in Russia is aware of what cabbage rolls are. However 200 years in the past, it was a culinary novelty for Russians.

The standard territory of cabbage rolls is Jap Europe and Scandinavia – though it must be remembered that Asian cuisines have nearly the very same dish.

In Russia, cabbage rolls are referred to as “little pigeons”. In numerous culinary traditions, they’ve completely different names and are made in several methods.

Jewish holishkes are ready with a combination of meat and rice, or a candy model with rice, dried fruit and lemon zest. Meat holishkes are cooked in a tomato sauce.

In Chechia and Slovakia they’re referred to as big.

Serbs and Croats name them sarma.

In Bulgaria, cabbage rolls are referred to as zelevi sarmi. Bulgarians say that they appeared below the affect of Greek and Turkish cuisines. They’re historically made with a combination of pork and veal — and all the time with a number of paprika. They’re served with yoghurt and mint.

Romanian cabbage rolls are referred to as sarmale. They’re ready with floor pork and dill and laid on a mattress of sauerkraut. The bacon is positioned on the sarmale after which all the pieces goes into the oven.

Ukrainian cabbage rolls are most likely probably the most different. The filling may be pork and/or beef, with garlic, parsley, rice, peppers and even millet.

In Lithuania, cabbage rolls are the little doves — balandéliai. The bottom meat filling can embrace rice, mushrooms, eggs, onions and scallions, and even peppers or barley.

In Poland they’re referred to as stuffed cabbage. Historically, minced meat is wrapped in bitter cabbage leaves. The filling is a combination of potatoes and buckwheat or a combination of minced meat and rice.

And in Russia? The essential recipe is just about the identical all around the nation: minced meat and rice are wrapped in a cabbage leaf after which baked. However when did this dish seem on Russian tables?

There are not any particular references to cabbage rolls in Russian delicacies till the start of the Nineteenth century. Vasily Levshin’s well-known “Kitchen Dictionary” printed in 1796 makes no point out of it. “Russian Cookery” by the identical writer printed in 1816 additionally doesn’t point out cabbage rolls.

					You can wrap your filling in romaine lettuce instead of cabbage leaves.  Pavel and Olga Syutkin

You may wrap your filling in romaine lettuce as an alternative of cabbage leaves.
Pavel and Olga Syutkin

There was, nevertheless, an analogous dish: stuffed head of cabbage. Here’s a recipe from 1791 by Nikolai Yatsenkov, writer of one of many first Russian cookbooks. The precept is completely different: the filling is just not wrapped in particular person cabbage leaves, however the entire head of cabbage is stuffed by separating the leaves and filling the area between them. To stop the stuffed head of cabbage from collapsing, it’s tied with string earlier than boiling:

Take a head of cabbage, boil it, then stuff it with the next: take veal, salt pork, mushrooms, parsley, onion and chop all the pieces finely. Add salt, pepper and white bread with out crust, two eggs and three yolks. Combine the stuffing and pack it between the leaves of the pinnacle of cabbage. Tie this on the prime with string of characters, boiling, and serve scorching.

Maybe the key of when and the way cabbage rolls appeared in Russia might be discovered within the works of Yekaterina Avdeyeva, the well-known mid-Nineteenth century cookbook writer. In her “Handbook for the Skilled Housewife”, printed in St. Petersburg in 1842, there are not any cabbage rolls in the principle chapters. However in the direction of the tip of the ebook, she included a chapter on “Numerous Overseas Dishes That Entered Russian Delicacies”. And right here is the “Little Russian” borsht, vareniki and cabbage rolls immediately:

Take some tender beef and a few contemporary lard and reduce them finely; salt, then divide the ready meat into items as for meat patties. Wrap each bit in a leaf of contemporary cabbage, place it in a pot, cowl with broth, cowl the pot and placed on low warmth to prepare dinner. When utterly cooked, add a spoonful of vinegar with the flour and butter, and boil for an additional half hour.

Evidently this dish appeared in Russia fairly just lately. Stuffed cabbage can come from a lot of locations and other people: South Slavs, Poles, Jewish settlements and Ukrainian cities.

And since he most likely got here to Russia from the south, it is no surprise that in his dictionary Vladimir Dal makes use of an expression that’s somewhat mysterious nowadays. He compares cabbage rolls to “galushi”. “Millet with beef wrapped in cabbage leaf and stewed in kvass.” It’s actually not the galushi that we all know from the works of Nikolai Gogol, delicacies that bounce within the mouth. However these are simply as scrumptious. Be aware that Dal states that the phrase comes from the guberniya of Podolia, which is now Vinnitsa, Ukraine.

The Dictionary of the Russian Language of the Russian Academy of Sciences printed in 1892 additionally makes use of this now forgotten phrase “galushi”: “Cabbage rolls are galushi: cabbage full of millet. Lenten meals. Generally items of meat wrapped in cabbage leaves. Right here it’s already nearer to up to date Russian cabbage rolls.

					In classic recipes, cabbage leaves must be cooked very well so that they take on a light brown color.  Pavel and Olga Syutkin

In basic recipes, cabbage leaves have to be cooked very effectively in order that they tackle a lightweight brown coloration.
Pavel and Olga Syutkin

The cabbage rolls proved to be extra scrumptious and far simpler to arrange than the older model of a stuffed cabbage, and the recipe was rapidly adopted in residence kitchens and in eating places. It was additionally fashionable through the Soviet interval – so fashionable that they even produced canned cabbage rolls. Simply open the field, warmth up and eat.

However whereas canned meals is handy, nothing beats selfmade cabbage rolls. Soviet residence cooks mastered the duty of gently stripping cabbage leaves with out tearing a single one. Rolling the filling was a one minute job.

Cooks who didn’t wish to be taught the artwork of peeling a head of cabbage got here up with a superb modification of the usual recipe. Known as “lazy cabbage rolls,” the dish used the identical substances as common cabbage rolls, however was a lot simpler to arrange. The cabbage was chopped and cooked with the meat and greens. The dish was structured in another way however it tasted just about the identical. – and was easy to do.

					“Lazy cabbage rolls” – almost no work, and they taste almost the same as rolled leaves.  Pavel and Olga Syutkin

“Lazy cabbage rolls” – nearly no work, and so they style nearly the identical as rolled leaves.
Pavel and Olga Syutkin

Vegetarian cabbage rolls

Since we’re all the time making an attempt to loosen up outdated recipes, listed here are vegetarian cabbage rolls. You may put together them in any season, however they’re after all extra scrumptious with younger cabbage.


For a head of cabbage, you want

  • 200 g (7 oz or 1 ½ cups) mushrooms
  • 3 medium onions
  • 3 medium carrots
  • 500 g (1 beneficiant lb) tomatoes
  • 100 g (3.5 oz or ½ cup) rice
  • 50 ml (3 tbsp.) vegetable oil
  • Dill, salt, pepper

										 					Pavel and Olga Syutkin

Pavel and Olga Syutkin


  • Steam the rice in salted water and pressure it via a colander.
  • Fastidiously take away the leaves from the cabbage. Flatten the thick rib with a knife deal with and reduce the very thick items.
  • Put the leaves in a big saucepan, cowl with scorching water, salt and boil for 6-8 minutes. Pour the water and let the leaves cool.
  • Julienne the carrots, reduce the onion into half rings and sauté each in vegetable oil till golden. Put half of the greens in one other container.
  • Put together the filling: slice the mushrooms and place them within the pan with the onions and carrots. Sauté all the pieces for 10 minutes.
  • Preheat the oven to 190˚C (375˚F).
  • Add the rice to the pan together with the carrots, onions and mushrooms; stir. Salt and pepper to style. Take away from warmth and let cool.
  • Scald the tomatoes with boiling water and peel them. Reduce into small cubes.
  • Put together the sauce. Add the diced tomatoes to the bowl together with the carrots and onions. Salt and pepper to style.
  • Coat the underside of a baking dish with a layer of sauce.
  • Put together the cabbage rolls: put 2-3 spoonfuls of stuffing on every cabbage leaf, wrap it like an envelope – first fold the edges over the filling, then roll up. Place them within the baking dish. When they’re all within the dish, pour the remainder of the sauce over them.
  • Cowl with aluminum foil and bake for 1 hour.

					Delicious both hot and cold!  Pavel and Olga Syutkin

Scrumptious each cold and hot!
Pavel and Olga Syutkin

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