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Monday, July 30, 2012
Day 3: POLAND Golabki "Polish Cabbage Rolls"
Day 3: POLAND
Since Joe is half Polish we decided to
make tonight Poland night. Joe's Granny and Grandpa are 100% Polish. All of
their parents immigrated here from Poland. Making his dad also a 100% Polish American,
Making him 50% Polish and 50% Dominican. Yes.... weird mixture I know, but it
actually made a very handsome offspring. ;) I can thank Joe's Polish side of
the family for his very chiseled, strong jaw. Rawr!! ;)
I talked with Granny and she told me Kocham
Cie means I love you in Polish. You can bet your cookies I was telling my kids
and hubby this all day. :) Granny speaks polish and often speak Polish/English
to us. When she speaks Polish to us we have no idea what she is saying. Thankfully
most of the time she translates, unless it's a swear word. ;) She told me
Golabki "stuffed cabbage" is traditional meal there so thats what we
had tonight. I paired it with kielbasa
and pierogis. Also very common dishes in Poland. I
thought about making the pierogis from scratch but then I decided one dish I
was unfamiliar making was ambitious enough
for me. :) So I had Joe pick some up in the frozen section from the store. You
can just saute the kielabasa on the stove with some sliced white onions.
Here is the recipe. We loved it and
hope you do too. I recommend cutting this in half.
2.Remove core from cabbage.
Place whole head in a large pot filled with boiling, salted water. Cover and
cook 3 minutes, or until softened enough to pull off individual leaves. You
will need about 18 leaves.
3.When leaves are cool
enough to handle, use a paring knife to cut
away the thick center stem from each leaf, without cutting all the way through.
4.Chop the remaining
cabbage and place it in the bottom of a casserole dish or Dutch oven.
5.Sauté the chopped onion
in butter in a large frying pan until tender, and let it cool. 6.Mix cooled onions with
beef, pork, rice, garlic, salt and black pepper until well combined. Don't over
mix or the meat will become tough.
7.Place about 1/2 cup of
meat on each cabbage leaf. Roll away from you to encase the meat. Flip the
right side of the leaf to the middle, then flip the left side. You will have
something that looks like an envelope. Once again, roll away from you to create
a neat little roll. These directions were hard for me to follow. I had to let
my Mexican roots kick in and just pretend I was rolling a burrito.
8.Place the cabbage rolls
on top of the chopped cabbage in the casserole dish or Dutch oven, seasoning
each layer with salt and pepper. Mix
beef stock and tomato sauce together and over rolls, cover and place in oven.
Bake for 1 hour or until cabbage is tender and meat is cooked.
9.Serve with pan juices and
a drizzle of sour cream, or mix the pan juices with sour cream and ladle it
over the cabbage rolls.
10.Cabbage rolls freeze well before or after cooking, and
can be made in a slow cooker (see your manufacturer's instructions).
Since they can be eaten hot or at room temperature, mini cabbage rolls make
great appetizers. Just spear them with a frilled toothpick and you're good to
dinner Joe shared these fun Polish facts.
Poland is the the 9th largest country in Europe.
The most popular name for a dog in Poland is Burek which translates to:
3. Polish born astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus
was the first person to propose that the earth was not the center of the
Another Polish astronomer, Johannes Hevelius (1611-1687) published the earliest
exact maps of the moon. (Now whoever said Pollock's where dumb better take that
Pizza in Poland does not contain tomato sauce. The waiters bring sauce to the
table in a pitcher, and you pour it on top. Sometimes the sauce is just