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Romanian Sarmale, Stuffed Cabbage Rolls

I never thought something so small could make me so happy. I have been living in England for two years and I've been missing the traditional Romanian food especially when it is so hard to find some of the ingredients here, but today I found this shop with romanian food and I almost cried :)). And because it's Christmas I thought I would share with you the Romanian traditional Christmas dinner.

   - 1 sour cabbage
   - 500 g beef mince meat
   - 6 tbsp risotto rice
   - 1 egg
   - 1 carrot
   - 1 slice of bread soaked in milk
   - 1 onion
   - 100-150ml tomato paste
   - 3 slices of smoked bacon
   - 3 bael leaves
   - 7 peppercorn
   - salt

Peel the cabbage leaves one by one, cut them in half if they are too big and remove the stork.

Chop the onion and carrot and fry them in a bit of oil with the rice.

Mix the mince meat with the egg, fried onion, the slice of bread and a pinch of salt(be careful not to put a lot of salt because the sour cabbage is already salted)

Place a tbsp of meat on the cabbage leaf and roll it tight then push the ends in with your finger.

Chop the rest of the cabbage you didn't use sprinkling half of it on the bottom of the pan then add the tomato paste and sliced bacon.

Put the cabbage rolls in the pan.

Cover the cabbage rolls with water then sprinkle the bael leaves, peppercorns and the rest of the chopped cabbage.

Cover the pan with a lid and let it simmer for 1 hour or until the cabbage it's softened.

Serve with mamaliga and a chilly.



  1. I am interested in your Romanian recipes. Where in Bedfordshire, UK are you from? I'm from Dunstable, Bedfordshire, UK.

    1. Hi I am leaving in Bedford at the minute, I also have a Romanian version of my blog (in case you know romanian :) ) Would like to hear from you if you try my recipes. x x x



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