Hello Halupkies

I grew up in Pennsylvania.  I am Polish.  The result of these two things is that I love halupkies.  Growing up halupkies was one of  my mother’s specialties.  I would help her peel the cabbage and roll them up, sneaking bits of cabbage into my mouth when she wasn’t looking.  Look at how good of a kid I was, I was snacking on vegetables!   You might call them halupkies or you might call them stuffed cabbage or maybe you call them something else, either way, these are pretty easy to make and I hope you love them!  By the time dinner was over, these were cleared out and the pan was empty.

1 head of green cabbage – 8 to 10 leaves
1 pound ground beef
1 egg
2/3 cup water
1/3 cup uncooked white rice
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1/8 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 (10.75 ounces) can condensed tomato soup
16 oz tomato sauce of your choice

Peel your cabbage to get 8 to 10 leaves.
Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add cabbage leaves and boil for 3 minutes.  Drain, set aside.
In a saucepan, bring your 2/3 cup of water to boil.  Add rice, stir.  Reduce to simmer, cover and cook for 20 minutes.
In a mixing bowl combine ground beef (uncooked), onion powder, Worcestershire sauce, your cooked rice, egg, salt and pepper, 2 tablespoons of tomato soup.  Mix it all together.
4.  Spoon the beef mixture into your cabbage leaves evenly.  Roll them up, secure them with a toothpick.
5.  Put the cabbage rolls in a large skillet over medium heat.
6. Pour the rest of the tomato soup on top of the rolls.
7. Pour the 16 oz of additional tomato sauce on top of the rolls.
8.  Cover and bring to a boil.
9.  Reduce heat to medium-low and cook for 40 minutes until the meat is cooked thoroughly.


More pictures/walk through behind the cut.


Peel your cabbage, try not to rip it. I feel it works better if you peel it off the cabbage head before boiling. I like to boil the leaves already separated.  If any pieces are brown/black, disregard them.

All your ingredients to stuff the cabbage with.  Mix, Mix, Mix.

Fill your cabbage rolls up, remember you have to roll them, so don’t overfill.

I made 8 beautiful halupkies.

Then put toothpicks to hold them together.  You can also use string if you’d like.

Put in your skillet…

Add the rest of your tomato sauce – isn’t it beautiful?

Then add the rest of your tomato sauce.  I used tomato sauce that I froze from the garden last year – yum! The amount of additional tomato sauce is up to you, so you can use more or less if you’d like.

Then wait anxiously while they cook..

They’re done! Oh that smell! Brings me back to my childhood kitchen..

Serve them up, make sure to spoon sauce over them!


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