Galumpkis Stuffed Cabbage is a delicious addition to your tried and true recipes. An old family favorite, this dish is perfect for chilly nights!
One night, my husband and I were discussing our favorite foods from our childhood. My mom’s stuffed flounder was at the top of my list! I loved it so much that I would request it for every birthday dinner! My husband, on the other hand, told me that his favorite meal was his grandmother’s “gawumpkis.” I had never heard of them before and was curious to see if I could make them for him. When I asked him what “gawumpkis” were he said he wasn’t sure, but they have meat and rice in them.
“Meat and rice? Are you serious? That’s all you can tell me?”
I honestly had no idea where to start. So after spending an enormous amount of wasted time googling – I realized that I should have started with spell check.
You see, for some reason, I always thought his family was calling them “gawumpkis.” So I started searching online for a gawumpki recipe and I kept coming up blank. I googled and googled and googled some more – yet my research told me there was no such thing as a gawumpki!
I finally decided to interrogate my father-in-law about them one night. The second I asked him how to make a gaWumpki he looked at me like I was mad and said, “You mean: gaLumpki?”
Ummmmm yeah, those.
Apparently, I had some letters mixed up. There should have been an “L” instead of a “W.” So “gaWumpkis” are actually “gaLumpkis” – and they are also known as Polish stuffed cabbage rolls. Regardless of what I thought they were called all along, they’re delicious – and very hard to spell!
*Edit: Over the years, our readers have sent us little love notes letting us know that these little, stuffed cabbage rolls go by several other names and spellings like Gołąbki, Golumpki, Gwumpki, Golabki, and even Halupki in Slovak areas!
Galumpkis Stuffed Cabbage
Galumpkis Stuffed Cabbage Ingredients:
- Cabbage (1 head)
- Ground beef (1 lb)
- White Rice
- Garlic Powder
- Salt & Pepper
- Tomato Soup (1 can)
Galumpkis Stuffed Cabbage Directions:
Step 1: Core the cabbage. Place in boiling water and peel the leaves off with tongs as the leaves loosen up. After removing, trim stem/rib from the leaves. Line the bottom of a casserole dish with the extra leaves (I shredded them).
Step 2: Mix the ground beef with your cooked rice. Add in a 1/2 tsp of garlic powder, salt, and pepper.
Step 3: Add the filling to the middle of the cabbage leaf. Roll them up and tuck under like a little purse.
Step 4: Line the cabbage purses up in the casserole dish. Pour the can of tomato soup over the top.
Step 5: Cover the baking dish with foil and bake at 350 for 60 minutes.
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