Halupkis are a stuffed cabbage roll that originated in Poland. In Poland, they were called Galumpki but within the Slovak areas they became known as Halupkli.
My husband John made this batch of stuffed cabbage rolls. It was a favorite of his family. They have a lot of great memories of Mom taking the time to make them. Our family gets treated to the comforting meal late summer when the local fresh vegetable market has plenty of large cabbage heads for our meal.
Our local “market” is an outdoor spot with a small shed for the workers to have shelter while they are adding up the orders and taking payments. All around the shed are a variety of whatever they freshly picked that day. Baskets of Cauliflower, Broccoli, Tomatoes, Zucchini, Squash, Green and Red Peppers and some others. The place is known as “The Wagon” because their tractor will pull up straight off the field from where it was filled with corn. Everyone rushes to grab the best ears they can find at an awesome price. It is very popular in our area for their low-cost fresh vegetables. They are wonderful people. A portion of their harvest is donated to Haiti every year. I love to see businesses that aren’t greedy and are happy to give people a bargain.
On to the recipe:
- Large head of cabbage
- 1 pound hamburger
- 2 cans chopped tomatoes
- chopped fresh basil, onion, celery, green and red pepper, and garlic. Adjust to your liking, approx. 1/4 cup each, sauteed until tender.
- 4 cups cooked rice
- 1 jar tomato sauce seasoned and prepared the way you like it. Make this in a separate pot to use as a topping on your halupki.
Cover the head of cabbage in water and boil until leaves are tender but not mushy. Save the juice the cabbage was cooked in.
While the cabbage is cooking and cooling mix together the above ingredients except for tomatoes and sauce.
Empty both cans of tomatoes into the pot of cabbage rolls and fill with juice from cooked cabbage, just enough to cover rolls. Bring to a boil and cook on medium for approx 30 minutes or until meat in center is well done. Don’t stir the rolls around, just lift gently up from the bottom of the pan to prevent sticking.
Serve rolls covered in sauce and enjoy your harvest time comfort meal!