Golubtsi (Russian: голубцы) are stuffed cabbage leaves. In Russian cuisine, cabbage rolls are made with white cabbage and stuffed with a mixture of minced meat and rice. Traditionally beef and/or pork is used. Golubtsi made with chicken are tender and mild in flavor. One can also add tomatoes and carrots. Vegetarians can use vegetables or mushrooms as meat substitutes. The name “Golubtsi” is supposed to be derived from the Russian word “голубь” = “dove”, as the form of the cabbage roll reminds of a sitting pigeon.
|1 kg (=1 medium head)||cabbage|
|400 g (=14 oz)||ground beef|
|125 g (=3/4 cup)||rice|
|2 tbsp||tomato paste|
|500 ml (=2 cups)||vegetable stock|
|oil or butter|
|150 ml (=3/4 cup)||sour cream|
For vegetarian golubtsi substitute beef with 500 g (=1.1 lb) chopped and sautéed mushrooms.
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