“This is my version which is based on the way my mother made these cabbage rolls, or “Golumpkies”, pronounced many different ways!  She served them with ketchup on the side. I changed it a little bit and added  ketchup inside the filling as well.   Some people serve them with tomato sauce.  
My dear Polish friend Anna taught me how to keep the leaves whole for easy wrapping.  The technique is to use tongs to carefully separate the cabbage leaves as they fall off while they are boiling and then remove the single leaves to a colander just as they get soft.  The soft-tipped tongs are perfect to prevent the leaves from breaking up into small pieces.
Golumpkies are so good and worth the little effort it takes to make them!     Enjoy!”

Servings:  5        Makes:  10 Golumpkies       Oven Time:  40 minutes


1 cabbage
1/2 pound ground beef
1/4 cup onion, chopped fine
1/2 cup ketchup
2 cups white rice, cooked and salted
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground pepper
1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped



1. Cut the core out of the middle of the cabbage.
2. Fill a large soup pot with salted water and the cabbage and bring the water to a boil. Using rubber soft-tipped tongs, separate each outer cabbage leaf as it breaks apart from the head. Cook the leaves just until they are fairly soft.
3. Carefully transfer the leaves into a colander to cool and drain. Have patience and take your time. The leaves will all fall off eventually.
4. Preheat oven to 350°.
5. Lightly spray the bottom of a medium-sized casserole dish.
4. In the meantime, in a large skillet, sauté the ground beef and onion together until cooked. Drain any grease from the skillet.
5. Add the cooked rice.
6. Add the ketchup.
7. Season with the salt and pepper.
8. Add the parsley.
9. Open one cabbage leaf, add one -quarter to one-third cup of the filling to the center of the leaf. Fold in the sides and roll into a log.
10. Place the logs seam side down into prepared casserole dish.
11. Bake for 40 minutes.
12 Serve with ketchup!


Nutritional Information:    Golumpkies

Amount Per Serving:  2 Golumpkies
Calories: 344
Calories from Fat: 27

* % Daily Value *
* Total Fat 9g 14%
* Saturated Fat 6g 29%
* Cholesterol 29mg 10%
* Sodium 593mg 25%
* Potassium – – %
* Total Carbohydrates 60g 20%
* Dietary Fiber 2g 9%
* Protein 9g 16%
* Sugars 7g
* Vitamin A 1%
* Vitamin C 1%
* Calcium 3%
* Iron 15%
* Thiamin – %
* Niacin – %
* Vitamin B6 – %
* Magnesium – %
* Folate – %

* * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.


  1. Tricia Buster June 24, 2014 at 6:32 pm

    Made this for dinner except instead of rolled up I layered it in the pan because I precooked the cabbage over the weekend. Awesome dish

    1. ang1m June 24, 2014 at 6:55 pm

      great idea Tricia! I bet it is real good layered! 🙂

  2. Anonymous April 27, 2014 at 12:08 pm

    I love these 🙂


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