Golabki, Golumkies Or Just Plain Cabbage Rolls

by Joanne on January 22, 2014

Polish stuffed cabbage rolls or even more fun to say “Golumkies”.   These titillated my taste buds years ago by an excellent cook, a true-blue Polish lady.  She made everything from scratch.  Not a person at the table that didn’t “ooh and ah” about what was just eaten.  The best part:  there were always leftovers to take home.

Unfortunately I don’t have her recipe so I came up with one of my own using vegetarian meat crumbles as a substitute to pork and/or beef.  I did add eggs and milk so be aware of that if you avoid those ingredients. 

Packed high in nutrients with lots of fiber to support a healthy diet.


Makes 8 – 12 rolls *I doubled up some cabbage leaves and rolled 8 Golumkies.

  • 12 large cabbage leaves
  • 1 lb Vegetarian Crumbles
  • 1/2 cup cooked brown rice
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 cup 1% milk
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 TBS chopped basil leaves
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 TBS paprika
  • 1/4 of a yellow onion, chopped small
  • 2 celery ribs, chopped small
  • 3/4 cup shredded cabbage mix (with carrots)
  • 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese (optional – but I put cheese in anything I can – LOVE IT!)
  • 8 oz diced tomatoes
  • 4 – 6 oz tomato sauce
  • 1/2 TBS brown sugar

Core the cabbage and put in a large pot of boiling, salted water.  Cover, reduce heat and cook until tender.

When the cabbage has cooled, gently remove leaves.

Preheat oven to 350 F.

In a large bowl mix all other ingredients EXCEPT tomatoes, tomato sauce and sugar.

In a separate smaller bowl, mix the tomatoes, sauce and sugar. set aside.

Lay cabbage leaf out flat and spoon about 2 TBS of vegetarian meat mix on leaf. Roll up. Place seam side down in baking dish. 

Once all rolls are inside baking dish, pour the tomato sauce mixture over the top.

Cover with foil or lid and bake for 55 minutes to 1 hour.


The recipe might look time consuming but it isn’t.  I cooked the cabbage on Sunday and spread it out flat, covered with paper towel and waxed paper.  Put it in a sealed bag in the refrigerator ready to be used for the next days meal.  After work, I simply preheated the oven, cooked brown rice in the microwave for 10 minutes, mixed everything together, assembled and cooked. Easy weeknight meal.

Ever tried any Polish recipes?  What’s your favorite?

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  • At 2014.01.23 08:19, Donna said:

    Dan made lots for our family party last Saturday. He also made a meatless version using canned beans (I think some sort of white kind) and smushed them up. I LOVED them!!!!

    • At 2014.01.23 11:42, Joanne said:

      I was thinking of using beans but opted for sneaking in some veggie crumples to try and get the same texture as the ones I remember. Ted liked them and that says a lot considering they didn’t have meat. I enjoy the fact that it’s veggies and protein wrapped up into one roll.

    • At 2014.01.24 23:51, Choc Chip Uru said:

      Stuffed cabbage? That sounds and looks delicious, so saucy and flavoursome 😀


      • At 2014.02.03 09:54, Rebecca said:

        These sound so good. My mother-in-law loves golumkies, and the name has always made me chuckle. Maybe I should make some for her!

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