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Serbian Sarmas or Cabbage Rolls Recipe

Friday, December 25, 2009

                                                 Serbian Sarmas or Cabbage Rolls Recipe

Almost every European ethnic group claims stuffed cabbage rolls. The Slavs, Slovenians,
Czechs and other Eastern Europeans also traditionally made sauerkraut from
their bumper crop of cabbage every fall. My friend, a lady of Czech background, recalls
that her farm home always had the smell of sauerkraut which was served all winter long
with many kinds of stewed meats, pork roasts, meatballs, meat loaves and cabbage rolls.

Serbian Sarmas or Cabbage Rolls Recipe Ingredients

1 large head cabbage
1/4 pound ground pork
3/4 pound ground beef
1/2 cup long-grain rice, cooked 10 minutes, rinsed, drained
1 small onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, mashed (optional)
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3/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 (2-pound) package refrigerated sauerkraut or 1 (32-ounce) can
1 (8-ounce) can tomato sauce
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 cup beef broth

Serbian Sarmas or Cabbage Rolls Recipe Cooking Process

Carefully remove large outer leaves from cabbage; you will need 12 leaves. Wash leaves.
Drop into a large pot of boiling water for 5 minutes or until leaves are just flexible.
Remove and drain. Preheat oven to 350F (175C). In a large bowl, combine ground pork,
ground beef, rice, onion, garlic, if desired, egg, salt and pepper. Divide meat mixture
evenly to make 12 balls. Place 1 ball of meat on each cabbage leaf; wrap leaves tightly to
enclose meat. Rinse and drain sauerkraut. Spread in the bottom of a large shallow baking
pan. Place filled cabbage leaves on top of sauerkraut. In a small saucepan, combine
tomato sauce, brown sugar and beef broth. Stir and bring to a boil. Pour over rolls. Bake,
uncovered, 1 hour. Add more liquid if necessary during cooking. Makes 12 cabbage
German-Style Cabbage Rolls: Omit sauerkraut and beef broth. Add 1/4 cup cider
vinegar and 1 (12-ounce) bottle or can of beer to tomato-sauce mixture. Bake as above.
Serve with buttered cooked noodles Serbian Sarmas or Cabbage Rolls Recipe


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