I love the taste of my mother’s cabbage rolls, but I never plan far enough in advance to make them for dinner. When the kids and grandkids come over, this inside-out version of Polish “Golumpki” makes an alternative no one complains about.

To tell you the truth, I often make this because I have a half head of cabbage that needs to be used or a carton of leftover rice from a Chinese take-out dinner; everything else should be in the freezer and pantry. Don’t overthink this delicious all-in-one entrée.

Because this is such a simple dinner, I often make a loaf of honey rye bread, beer bread, or cheese biscuits as a “pusher.” This is another meal that is so simple you can put the extra energy into making dessert.

Inside Out Stuffed Cabbage Rolls

Inside Out Stuffed Cabbage Rolls

Fast and easy way to enjoy Grandma's favorite Stuffed Cabbage recipe.
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Course Dinner, entree, Main Course
Cuisine American, Polish / American
Servings 6
Calories 307 kcal


  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 cup onion chopped
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tbsp Herbs de Provence
  • 15 oz can tomato sauce
  • 15 oz can diced tomatoes
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 cup cooked rice
  • 1 green cabbage medium, chopped


  • Brown ground beef and onion in a large dutch oven or a large electric frying pan. Add salt as the meat heats. Break into small pieces as the beef browns (about 5 minutes). You want the meat browned - not fried.
  • Add garlic, herbs, and stir.
  • Stir in tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, paprika. Cover and cook over medium low heat for 25 minutes.
  • Stir in cabbage and rice. Add water only if needed. You want the dish a bit saucy but never runny.
  • Cover and cook until cabbage is just the way your family likes it. It usually takes me another 15 minutes or so.


Inside Out Stuffed Cabbage Rolls


Calories: 307kcalCarbohydrates: 26gProtein: 18gFat: 16gSaturated Fat: 6gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 54mgSodium: 942mgPotassium: 887mgFiber: 6gSugar: 11gVitamin A: 590IUVitamin C: 70mgCalcium: 129mgIron: 5mg
Keyword cabbage, cabbage rolls, hamburger, stuffed cabbage