Stuffed pepper and Cabbage rolls (Golubtsy)-Голубцы


This is a very popular dish through out Eastern Europe and Middle East.There is many different ways to make stuffed bell peppers and Golubtsy.The stuffing is so versatile and as well as method of cooking. In this particular recipe the Golubtsy  and peppers are cooked in the oven and served with sour cream.These are great for parties,gatherings and holidays and can be prepared halfway a day in a advance.

Ingredients for Goluptsy:

I head cabbage
1 tablespoon vinegar  + 1 tablespoon oil

1lb. ground beef or chicken
1 cup rice cooked halfway
1 onions chopped
2 carrots shredded
1 16 oz. tomato sauce
1 1/2 tablespoons paprika, roasted pepper paste or tomato paste
salt & pepper
3-4 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons butter.
1 cup water, vegetable,chicken or beef stock ( I use water)
any spices *optional

Bell peppers- same ingredients just replace
8-10 bell peppers blanched for cabbage.

Bring a pot with water to a boil.

Cut the core from cabbage.

Add oil and vinegar to the water. Place the cabbage in the water and let it cook for about 10 minutes.
Drain the cabbage and let it cool while you prepare the stuffing.

Heat a a large frying pan or dutch oven. Add olive oil and butter. Saute onions until soft.Remove from pan, and add carrots.saute for couple of minutes.Add the onions back to the pan, including meat and rice.Add paprika, pepper paste or tomato paste, and mix everything together.Season with salt and pepper.Remove from heat.

Pull off large leaves, cut out the hard vein. The first leaves are very big, just cut the leaf in half.

Place filling in the middle of the cabbage leaf.


Roll it up and tuck in the sides( or the other way,fold the sides then roll it up.

If you’re making peppers just stuff them with the filling and place them on a baking dish or casserole dish.

Mix tomato sauce with water. season with salt and pepper and pour over the golupsy/peppers.

Cut thin slices of butter on top of golupsy/peppers.Cover goluptsy with leftover small cabbage leaves.
Cover with foil and bake on 450 degrees for 30 minutes then reduce to 350 for approx. 1 and 15 minutes.
Serve with sour cream.


  1. When reducing heat to 350 degrees, did you mean to bake for an hour and 15 min? I just wanted to make sure. It said 1 and 15.

  2. yes for another one hour and fifteen minutes.

  3. Nadia, Another hit recipe, I am so making this! I have all of the ingredients and I’ve been looking how to make this dish without meat. Thank you!

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