In this post check out what I’ve learned about cooking up a delicious  Stuffed Cabbage Roll.  You will find printable recipe along with a video.  The video features details on how I used my electric instant pot to prepare this meal. 

Cabbage Rolls in Different Countries

After connecting with a few folks on social media I quickly learned there are actually many different names and variations for the Cabbage roll.  My friend on Facebook shared his holubky or halupki recipe with me.  Slovak stuffed cabbage rolls use spices like paprika and sauerkraut. The country is located in central Europe bordering the Czech Republic and Poland. To the south of Slovakia is Hungry. The Polish version of the dish is known as Golabki.

cabbage rolls for dinner

Easy To Make in The Electric Pressure Cooker

I put together a video featuring how easy it is the make this recipe.  Be sure to watch the entire video to see all the easy quick tips.

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What is in the Recipe

A cabbage roll is a dish consisting of cooked cabbage leaves wrapped around a variety of fillings. It is common to the cuisines of Central, Northern, Eastern, and Southeastern Europe.  Ron shares that his maternal grandparents were from Slovakia.  Maybe this is why he makes the most amazing cabbage rolls.  My husband and I enjoy the authentic Stuffed Cabbage Rolls from Hungarian Tony Packs in Toledo, Ohio. I want to note that you can also use Napa Cabbage for this recipe!

Stuffed Cabbage Roll Recipe

Stuffed cabbage rolls

I am excited to share this recipe with you today. The recipe in this post is a combination of a family recipe and researching authentic Hungarian version of this recipe.  In this post, you will find the printed recipe that makes about 12 rolls.  The ingredients needed are listed below.  Find the exact measurements and notes further down on this page.


  • Large Head of Cabbage
  • Olive Oil
  • Sweet Onion
  • Celery
  • Green Peppers
  • Garlic
  • White Rice
  • Pork
  • Beef
  • salt and pepper
  • Tomato Puree


It really is easy to grow your own cabbage if you have the right variety.  The image below is a Bonnie Plant variety I picked up early spring and grew to a tasty cabbage by mid summer.  The first meal I made with it was my famous cole slaw. 

green cabbage in late July

Stuffed Cabbage Rolls Recipe

Below is the printable version of the exact ingredients needed for this recipe.  I hope you will take advantage of the option to print so you can save this for a later meal.  Be sure to scroll down and leave a message sharing your thoughts on this recipe. It would be amazing to know if you enjoyed the recipe.  This recipe inspired by a GardenChat Group member.
Serving: 6
Difficulty: medium 


  • 1 large head of cabbage (steamed) 
  • 2 tablespoons of Olive Oil
  • ½ cup of sweet onion diced
  • 2 teaspoons of garlic minced
  • ½ cup of peppers ( sweet red and orange) diced
  • 1 stalk of Celery chopped (about ½ cup ) 
  • 1 cup of white rice steamed
  • ½ pound of cooked ground pork
  • ½ pound of cooked ground beef 
  • 3 teaspoons of dried parsley
  • 2 granny smith apples cut and decored 
  • 2 cups of tomato puree (canned tomatoes blended) 
  • Salt and pepper optional 


  1. First you are going to steam the cabbage.  Once it peels from the cabbage rolls with ease it can be set aside until filling is done.   This takes about 5 minutes to steam.  
  2. Steam rice and set aside
  3. Saute onions and garlic for about 5 minutes
  4. Add peppers to skillet and saute a few extra minutes
  5. In pot mix in celery, parsley and meat 
  6. On a flat surface, lay out steamed cabbage leaf.  Add about ½ cup of mixture to the center.  Roll the cabbage tucking edge under to bottom.  Place the cabbage into an oven safe skillet or electric power pressure cooker.   Continue to do this stacking each cabbage roll.  
  7. In a food processor or blender, puree 2 cups of stewed tomatoes for about 1 minute.  Add salt and pepper if needed. 
  8. Place cut apples on top of the cabbage rolls before pouring tomato puree over the top.  
  9. Cook in an electric pressure cooker for about 30 minutes.  Follow cooking temperature and settings for your appliance.  Each ‘instant pot’ or cooker is different.   If you are cooking this in a skillet in the oven be sure to cover the bottom of the pot with ⅓ cup of extra tomato puree and cabbage leaves to cover.  Cook in 400*F oven for about 1 hour with lid on.  
  10. Serve immediately or store in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

Note: I highly recommend using the instant pot or electric power pressure cooker to make this recipe.  It makes clean-up so much easier and the meat is always perfect! 

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Let’s Connect

I can’t wait to whip this up in my kitchen soon.  It was an honor to connect with fellow GardenChat members to share this recipe with you.  If you have any questions or would like to share a favorite recipe be sure to reach out.  Be sure to share on the social media links provided tagging @brenhaas if you tried this recipe.  In conclusion of this post, I am excited to see what everyone has to share.
Happy Cabbage Rolling,
Bren Haas

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