Friday, April 3, 2009

Galumbki ~ A Delicious Polish Dish

From Karin of Countryfolk Keepsakes

Soon, my family will gather together and celebrate Easter. We have a traditional Polish menu and one of our favorites is Galumbki.
I must say this is far from a "diet friendly" dish. You may even hear your arteries clog with every bite. But trust me, its worth it!!

Galumbki (Stuffed Cabbage)

1 head of cabbage (cored)
1 ½ lbs. - Ground hamburger/pork mix
1 C - Cooked rice
1 Large Onion finely chopped
1 Large Egg
Salt and pepper to taste
2 cans of Tomato soup (I prefer Campbells)
½ stick butter (cubed)

Parboil the head of cabbage (approx. 20 minutes) drain and cool.
Peel off whole cabbage leaves one at a time cutting off the hard part of the stem.
Slightly sauté onion in a little butter.
In a large bowl combine ground hamburger/pork mix, cooked rice, onion, egg and salt and pepper.
Depending on the size of your cabbage leaves, place about ¼ C of the meat mixture at the base of the cabbage leaf. Fold in left and right sides then roll loosely. Place in Dutch oven. Continue to roll your cabbage leaves with meat mixture.
Dilute two cans of tomato soup with two cans of water. Pour over the galumbki. Place cubed butter on top and cover.

There are several ways to cook Galumbki.
I prefer to cook them on med-low for 2-2 ½ hours on my stove top.
You can also bake them covered at 325 degrees for 2-2 ½ hours.
Or you can cook them in a large crock-pot on low for about 7 hours.

Here's a photo of my babcia (grandma) and dziadek (grandpa) on my daddy's side, on their weddin' day in Poland back in 1915.


Now for you folks who might be pressed for time, try this recipe instead. It has the same delicious taste, but is much easier to make.

Lazy Galumbki

1 ½ lbs. - Ground hamburger/pork mix
1 C - Cooked rice
1 small head of cabbage
1 Large Onion finely chopped
Salt and pepper to taste
2 cans of Tomato soup (I prefer Campbells)
½ Stick butter (cubed)

Thinly slice cabbage, boil in water until tender. Drain.
Brown ground hamburger/pork mix with large onion. Drain.
In large bowl combine hamburger/pork mix, rice and 2 cans of tomato soup.

In a casserole dish, alternately layer the cabbage with combined ingreds.
When layering is complete, place cubed butter on top and cover.

Bake at 350 degrees for one hour.

Enjoy and God bless...
:> )


  1. Girl I'm gonna try the lazy way!!!
    Thanks for the receipe!!!

  2. oh Peanut! Thank you for the recipe for your delicious Golumpkis! I would love to be a guest at your place on Easter, I bet everything is gonna be so yummy!

    I love the old photo of your Grandparent's wedding day. I wonder what year that was? I have one of mine, from 1928, and I cherish it!

  3. Oh Peanut...sounds so yummy. My Mom made it with a gravy rather than tomato sauce. Either way it is to die for.
    Thanks for sharing, Barb

  4. Very nice I have been craving th is for a while now thank you for the recipe i am going to make it tonight.


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