TYLER, TX (KLTV) - Mike Chubboy with Brigitta’s Hungarian Restaurant shares a special “secret recipe” with us, and offers this bit of history about it:
Listed below is our “secret” recipe for stuffed cabbage, töltött káposzta in Hungarian. This recipe was decreed the national treasure of Hungary by her highness Queen Elizabeth Hapsburg in the 1860′s.
Brigitta’s stuffed cabbage rolls
2 heads cabbage, cored
3 pounds Hamburger
3 pounds Pork sausage
2 cups rice
3 tablespoon sweet Hungarian paprika
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
12 medium garlic cloves, minced
24 ounce pasta sauce (we use Hunt’s)
Prepare rice first. While the rice is cooking, core out the two large cabbage heads.
Fill a large cooking pot with water. Leave a couple inches from lip to be able to submerge the cabbage. Gently remove one leaf at a time from the cabbage. Set to the side to drain. Once all the leaves are obtained, shave off the spine ridge. This makes the leaf more pliable for rolling.
Once cabbage leaves are completed, place the hamburger and three eggs in large mixing bowl.
Pour the rice over the hamburger.
Add minced garlic, paprika, salt and pepper.
Then add the pork sausage.
Always review recipe list, then mix everything together, as even a blend as possible.
Now you are ready to stuff/roll your cabbage. I use one scoop from an ice cream scooper per leaf. Rolling the leaf isn’t hard, but is intimidating. The more rolling you do the easier they get.
Use one 24 oz of Hunts pasta sauce in cooking pot. Place your stuffed cabbage rolls in the pot, and add 24 oz of water. Bring pot to boil, then turn heat down so all simmers for 90 minutes.
Have fun, an enjoy the taste.
You can visit Brigitta’s at 202 Hwy 31 East in Kilgore. Call 903-331-5642 or visit their Facebook page for hours and information.