Sarmale is Stuffed Cabbage

This is probably one of Romania’s πŸ‡·πŸ‡΄ most popular recipes. Funny thing about this one is the “inconsistency of the ingredients” being used by different cooks. If you ask ten people how to make Sarmale you will probably get ten different answers… I did. Lol!

Below is the recipe that I use. It contains a little bit from everyone, and I have eliminated what we don’t like, so feel free to “add or subtract” to your liking and make yet another variation of this fabulous dish. Most importantly, I hope you try and enjoy this because it is AMAZING!


β—¦ 2 pounds of ground beef &


β—¦ 1/4 cup of finely chop

smoked pork fat

β—¦ 3/4 cup of uncooked rice

β—¦ 1/4 cup of fresh chopped


β—¦ 1 teaspoon of dried thyme

β—¦ 1/2 cup of diced onions

β—¦ Salt, pepper and paprika to


β—¦ 1/4 cup of water

β—¦ One cabbage head; a “pickled”

cabbage head requires no further

maintenance other than cutting and

rolling. A raw cabbage head will

need a little bit more attention

first… you can either boil the entire

head till the leaves are softened

enough to pull them off without

breaking OR you can freeze the

cabbage head for at least 2 nights

and be sure to defrost the night

prior. Either method makes the

cabbage leaves soft and wet which

enables you to pull them from the

head without breaking the leaves.


β—¦ Mix everything listed above

together to make the

mixture look like this…

β—¦ Remove the cabbage leaves from

the head and cut the core (hard)

piece from the center of each leaf.

β—¦ Roll a tablespoon of the

mixture into each cabbage

leaf and tuck the ends

inward so that the rolls

looks like this…

β—¦ After all the cabbages are

rolled layer them in a tall


β—¦ Boil a pot of water

separately and then add it

into the pot with the rolls.

β—¦ Once the boiled water is in

the pot you can place it over

a medium burning burner.

Cook this on medium for

approximately 2 1/2 hours,

adding water whenever the

water isn’t visible on the top.

“Pofta Buna” is Romanian for “Enjoy your Meal” so I hope you follow this recipe and enjoy! πŸ˜‹

Christy πŸ˜ƒ

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