töltött káposzta

Töltött Káposzta Recipe; Try Hungarian Stuffed Cabbage

Töltött Káposzta is one of the best imaginable foods you can try in Hungary. Salty, substantial, sour, and has everything you need to get you through a dish. The version I make is the lightest, simplest, and least fatty version of this recipe. If you want to try new Hungarian food, stay with Cooking County.

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töltött káposzta recipe

How to Make Töltött Káposzta?


  • 1 kg sauerkraut 
  • 8 medium cabbage leaves (pickled) 
  • ½ kg minced pork 
  • 20 dkg bacon 
  • 20 dkg of sausage 
  • 1 medium red onion 
  • 20 dkg rice (cooked) 
  • 2 garlic cloves 
  • 3 teaspoons paprika 
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin 
  • 5 bay leaves 
  • 1 tablespoon fine flour 
  • 1 tablespoon pork fat 
  • 2 liter water
  • salt and pepper as needed


Step One

TO prepare Töltött Káposzta, fist cut the bacon into strips and fry in a pan without oil. Fry the diced onion in the oil, add the garlic and cut into small slices. Place the minced pork in a large mixing bowl, add the cooked rice, the previously sauteed onion, salt, pepper, and season with ground cumin and paprika. In addition, stir in the fried bacon pieces. Then mix well by hand while loosening the mass with 1 dl of water.

preparing töltött káposzta

Step Two

Wash the sauerkraut once, then sprinkle some of it on the bottom of a large pot, on top of which we throw a few bay leaves. A few slices of sausage can also be placed on this layer and a little sauerkraut for the last layer. 

stuffed cabbage recipe

Step Three

Next, fill the cabbage leaves with the filling and place them neatly in a row next to each other. On top of that, you can add another layer of the cabbage leaf. 

Step Four

If there is any leftover from our filling, we can no longer wrap it in the cabbage leaf. You can make dumplings out of them and put them on top. Cover everything with a final layer of cabbage, then pour enough water to cover all the cabbage.

hungarian toltott kaposzta

Step Five

Cook on low heat for 2 hours. In the end, melt a tablespoon of butter in a small saucepan, sprinkle a tablespoon of flour, and mix well with a whisk. Remove from the heat, stir in a teaspoon of paprika, and immediately pour on top of the Töltött Káposzta. 

töltött káposzta dish

How to Serve Töltött Káposzta?

Using a wooden spoon, carefully spread the butter over the cabbage, and then you can eat it. When serving, add sausage and dumplings to the Töltött Káposzta, and pour sour cream onto the top of the cabbage!

stuffed cabbage

Do not forget to make this recipe and share it with us. If you also have questions about the Töltött Káposzta recipe, please do not hesitate to ask.

If you like this dish, you must try Dolmeh Kalam at home.

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