Halupki (Stuffed Cabbage)

Halupki (Stuffed Cabbage)


"Halupki, also known as stuffed cabbage on the Russian/Ukranian side of my family, is a dish made of rice, beef, and pork encased in cabbage drizzled with a thin, sweet tomato sauce. My grandma Eugenia is 98 and she taught me how to make this comfort food classic. Every family has their own twist on this traditional dish. I hope you enjoy these with mashed potatoes just as we always do in my family!"
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3 h 30 m servings 468 cals
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  • Calories:
  • 468 kcal
  • 23%
  • Fat:
  • 29.8 g
  • 46%
  • Carbs:
  • 21.7g
  • 7%
  • Protein:
  • 28.1 g
  • 56%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 137 mg
  • 46%
  • Sodium:
  • 715 mg
  • 29%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  • * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  • ** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.
  • (-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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  1. Place the cabbage in a stockpot with enough water to cover.
  2. Add 1/4 teaspoon salt to the water and cabbage.
  3. Bring water to a boil over medium-high heat. Turn cabbage every 2-3 minutes and remove leaves that separate from cabbage and place in a strainer to cool. Boil until all the leaves have cooked, about 15 minutes.
  4. Reserve 12 oz. of cabbage water.
  5. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  6. Trim thick center vein off of bottom of each cabbage leaf.
  7. In a large bowl thoroughly mix together, ground beef, ground pork, rice, chopped onion, fresh parsley, egg, garlic powder, salt, and pepper.
  8. Lightly pack a small amount of meat mixture and place in the center of the cabbage leaf.
  9. Fold sides over the filling and start at the stem and roll the cabbage up until the meat is encased. Repeat with remaining leaves and filling.
  10. Cut the leftover leaves into pieces and place into the bottom of a roasting pan.
  11. Layer the stuffed cabbage rolls over the cut leaves.
  12. In a bowl, mix the tomato sauce, reserved cabbage water, white vinegar, and white sugar.
  13. Pour the tomato sauce mixture over the cabbage rolls.
  14. Cover roasting pan with aluminum foil.
  15. Bake in preheated oven until the ground beef mixture is no longer pink in the center, about 2 1/2 hours. Baste stuffed cabbage rolls every hour.


  • Cook's Note:
  • I use Uncle Ben's ® Ready Rice, which is done in 90 seconds in the microwave, to cut down on prep time. Leftovers freeze well…that is, if you have any!
  • Editor's Note:
  • For the 1 1/2 cups cooked rice in this recipe, cook 1/2 cup long grain white rice in 3/4 cup water (simmer, covered, for 20 minutes)--or make a larger batch and use leftovers for fried rice or rice pudding.
  • Tip
  • Aluminum foil helps keep food moist, ensures it cooks evenly, keeps leftovers fresh, and makes clean-up easy.


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Hi, I'm Jillian the submitter of this recipe. I would like to correct a couple of things with this recipe: 1) Using a paring knife, remove the core of the cabbage then boil it (the leaves will ...

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This recipe was okay but probably the least flavorful I've ever had. Having grown up in a diverse family (Russian, Polish, Hungarian and German family members), I've had a LOT of "Galumpies" as ...

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Hi, I'm Jillian the submitter of this recipe. I would like to correct a couple of things with this recipe: 1) Using a paring knife, remove the core of the cabbage then boil it (the leaves will ...

I made this when it was a personal recipe.... Delicious! Delicious! Delicious! Just the right amounts of everything - I followed the recipe with the exception of using fresh garlic not powdered....

Thank you Jillian for sharing your Grandmother's recipe!!! It is absolutely WONDERFUL. I made it exactly as you have it (including the additional info you have in the review section). It takes s...

Excellent authentic recipe! I am from Russia and know what I am talking about.

OMG. They are the best. Just like mom made. I have look for a good recipe .i glad I find a great one .thank you

Thank you for the recipe Jillian!! It tastes just like my grandma's recipe. Deeeeelicious!!!!!!


One of my grandmothers was Hungarian and she taught me how to make these. It is pretty much the same way except I use all lean beef and no pork. I also add canned tomatoes to the meat mixture si...

everyone loved these. I made them exactly as the directions said. I did have to doubble it up but wow. a hit in the whole neighborhood.

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