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Romanian stuffed cabbage rolls with chicken and rice

Romanian stuffed cabbage rolls with chicken and rice

Romanian stuffed cabbage rolls with chicken and rice or sarmale –  Romania’s national dish, is a most delicious food made usually of cabbage or wine pickled leaves rolled in a filling of rice and minced meat, most commonly with pork, beef, turkey or chicken. Christmas and other important holidays would not be the same without them, and we, Romanians are so proud of this dish, always welcoming foreign guests with some finger-licking sarmale (and a glass of plum brandy). Usually served with mamaliga (polenta) sour cream and green chilli peppers. While many countries have the tradition of roast turkey when it comes about important holidays, we indulge ourselves in these divine stuffed cabbage rolls.

Romanian stuffed cabbage rolls with chicken and rice

Romanian stuffed cabbage rolls with chicken and rice

They  can a bit heavy, depending on the meat used, so some moderation is the key if you want a happy tummy after a rich meal. Pickled cabbage or sauerkraut may be replaced with pickled wine leaves, if you cannot find them in store. I was so happy to find out that a Romanian food store was opened recently in the area where l live in the UK, so I can stock up on essentials. Nothing can compare to the real taste of a traditional food! Rolling can look complicated if no previous experience, but it is such a fun. I remember as l child when l was helping mum, my rolls always looked so bad compared to mum’s perfect and same-sized rolls. I still cannot call myself an expert, but l have definitely improved my skills. Hooray!

Romanian stuffed cabbage rolls with chicken and rice

Romanian stuffed cabbage rolls with chicken and rice

Romanian stuffed cabbage rolls with chicken and rice

 

Ingredients:

  • 250g minced chicken
  • 1 cup of rice
  • 1/2 tbsp vegetarian oil
  • 1 tsp sweet paprika
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 small onion
  • pickled cabbage leaves (sauerkraut)
  • 1/2 red pepper
  • 2 tbsp tomato purée
  • 0,5 l water

Method:

  • Cut the onion really finely and mix it with the minced chicken.
  • Rinse the rice under running cold water, then mix it with the chicken and onion.
  • Add the vegetable oil and season with salt and sweet paprika. If you cook with pork or beef that have a bit of fat in it, oil can be ommited, otherwise it must be added so that the rolls can be nice and tender.
  • This mixture was enough for 16 rolls, but depending on how big your rolls are, you may need more or less pickled cabbage leaves.
  • Take a tablespoon of the mixture and place it on the pickled cabbage leaf. Fold it tightly into a roll. Repeat with the remaining mince.
  • Shred a few pickled cabbage leaves and place them on the bottom of a large pan.
  • Place the rolls around the pan leaving a well in the middle. Do make sure they are no gaps between the rolls, otherwise they might unfold during cooking.
  • Add the chopped red pepper and tomato purée and pour in the water, making sure all the rolls are completely covered. Add more water if necessarily.
  • Cover with a lid and cook on a small to medium heat until the rolls are cooked through.
  • Remove from the heat and transfer to a serving plate.
  • To reheat, simply pop the rolls in the oven until hot.

Enjoy! ?

Romanian stuffed cabbage rolls with chicken and rice

Romanian stuffed cabbage rolls with chicken and rice

Romanian stuffed cabbage rolls with chicken and rice

Romanian stuffed cabbage rolls with chicken and rice

Romanian stuffed cabbage rolls with chicken and rice

Romanian stuffed cabbage rolls with chicken and rice

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  • Chris
    June 11, 2016 at 4:17 am

    Love cabbage rolls! Gorgeous.

  • Brian Jones
    June 11, 2016 at 7:22 am

    Such a popular dish across central and eastern Europe, we live in Eastern Hungary about and hours drive away from the Romanian Border and this is one of my favourite local dishes, called Töltött káposzta here and always delightful 😀

    • Daniela Apostol
      June 11, 2016 at 7:42 pm

      I am glad you also like this dish 🙂

  • Immaculate
    June 11, 2016 at 1:18 pm

    I love stuffed cabbage rolls!!! And these are definitely not too heavy for me. Send them my way and I’ll gladly devour them with gusto.

  • Holly @ 3 Yummy Tummies
    June 11, 2016 at 8:53 pm

    Yum…I love stuffed cabbage rolls and the flavors sound amazing!

  • Emma @ Supper in the Suburbs
    June 11, 2016 at 9:18 pm

    I love learning about food from different cultures and I’m not familiar with Romanian food at all! Great post!

  • kereta sewa subang
    June 14, 2016 at 9:41 am

    Its look sooo delicious. Perfect dish!
    thanks for sharing recipes with us here. Looking more from you dear

    • Daniela Apostol
      June 14, 2016 at 9:50 am

      Thank you for your kind comment, I am very happy that you like it 🙂

  • Micro Paywall
    June 15, 2016 at 1:45 pm

    What a classic Romanian dish! And you’re recipe sticks very close to the version I ate back home.

    • Daniela Apostol
      June 15, 2016 at 4:46 pm

      Thank you very nice, so nice of you! I am glad you like my recipe, it’s a family favourite over here.

  • Millie Thom
    June 17, 2016 at 2:34 pm

    I’ve never tasted these, but they do look delicious. I like the idea of them stuffed with chicken as they sound as though they’d be lighter than ones stuffed with beef or pork. But I could be wrong, and would be happy to try any.

    • Daniela Apostol
      June 17, 2016 at 5:14 pm

      Thank you! Indeed, the chicken stuffed ones are a lot lighter, and more suitable for our boiling hot summers when teperatures reach 40 degrees easily. Pork is the favourite filling in winter, especially for our Christmas rolls.

  • Igor @ Cooking The Globe
    June 28, 2016 at 8:42 pm

    Daniela, these cabbage rolls look fantastic! I grew up with a Russian version, now I will try yours too!

    • Daniela Apostol
      June 29, 2016 at 4:08 pm

      Thank you, Igor! It’s amazing how popular the rolls are in so many countries. I love them, they are so tasty!

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