Saturday, January 7, 2012

Sarmale - Romanian Cabbage Rolls

Welcome bloggers and bloggerettes to another spiffy edition of Everyday Meals. If this is your first time joining us, you're in for a treat! For those returning, hello again! Today, I woke up with an urge to do something random. Unfortunately, I am car-less at the moment so instead, we are going to be making something totally different. I needed to find something to satiate this random urge and I found it. If you are from Romania, you will know this little ditty. So, grab those cooking utensils and let's have some fun!

Romanian Cabbage Rolls

You will need:

  • 3 pounds ground pork
  • 1/2 cup long grain rice
  • 2 onions chopped
  • parsley
  • dill
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 liter tomato juice
  • salt
  • pepper
  • 1 large sour cabbage
  • 15 slices of bacon


  1. Chop the onions and fry them in oil until tender.
  2. Add the rice and cook for another minute.
  3. Add onion and rice mixture to ground pork, then add salt, pepper, dill and parsley and mix well with your hands.
  4. Now it’s time to assemble the rolls.
  5. Remove all the cabbage leaves and cut each leaf in half.
  6. Fill each half leaf with a big tablespoon of the meat mixture, then roll.
  7. Put all the rolls in a big pot and add the liter of tomato juice over the rolls.
  8. Add more water if needed.
  9. The juice should cover the rolls entirely.
  10. Cover the pot with aluminum foil and bake at 375 degrees for about 4 hours.
  11. After 2 hours remove the foil and return to the oven.
  12. Serve hot with a bit of sour cream on top.
  13. Enjoy!

I sure hope you had a bit of fun with me. For those of you who didn't know, cabbage rolls are very common in the Balkans, Sweden, Eastern Europe, and the Middle East. There are at least 35 different variations of this dish. Also, the proper name for this dish in Romania is sarmale. I know, neat right? Anywho, come back tomorrow for a brand new recipe and some tasteful fun and knowledge. Have a great day and happy blogging to all! <3