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Authentic Recipe of Toltottkaposzta. Tasteful Traditional Stuffed Cabbage Leaves from Hungary.

Delicious stuffed cabbage leaves from Hungary made from your kitchen; prepare this traditional dish with our original recipe of Toltottkaposzta.

Things to know about Toltottkaposzta Recipe

“Töltött Káposzta” is one of the most famous traditional dishes in Hungary; everyone who comes to Budapest knows they need to try the famous stuffed cabbage leaves.

Hungarian cabbage leaves are stuffed with a mixture of minced meat (pork), rice, onion, and many other seasonings. The rolls are placed in a large pot and slowly cooked.

“Töltött Káposzta” is perfectly suited for any occasion and can be eaten all year long, usually it’s a perfect meal for a family weekend, and it can be cooked outdoors.

Tasteful Traditional Stuffed Cabbage Leaves from Hungary. Authentic Recipe of Toltottkaposzta.

Local Recipe Name with Local Characters: Magyar Töltött Káposzta Recept
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— General Atributes of This Recipe:

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 30 minutes
Dish Type Stew Recipes
Main Cooking Method Boiled, Boiled (Simmering), Stewing


Servings 4 Portions
Calories / Serving 666 kcal


  • 10 pcs Sour Cabbage Leaf
  • 1000 grams (2.2 lb) Sauerkraut – Pickled Cabbage Leaf
  • 500 grams (1.1 lb) Ground (Minced) Pork
  • 200 grams (7.05 oz) Sausage
  • 1 pc Onion Small
  • 2 cloves Garlic
  • 200 grams (7.05 oz) Pre-Cooked Rice
  • 4 cups Water For the rice
  • 5 pcs Bay Leaf
  • 2 tsp Ground Cumin Powder
  • 1 tbsp Lard – Fatty Pork
  • 1000 ml (33.81 floz) Water
  • 1 pinch Salt
  • 1 pinch Pepper Powder
  • 2 pcs Egg
  • 2 tbsp Smoked Sweet Paprika Powder
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  • Boil water in a saucepan. Add salt and rice. Simmer it on low heat; once the rice is ready, turn off the heat and set aside the rice to cool down.
  • Separate the cabbage leaves, clean them and remove the middle "thick vein" of each leaf. Then chop the sauerkraut with a chef's knife into half; if they are too salty, rinse them with water.
  • Chop the onions and garlic (half) and crush the other half of the garlic.
  • For the filling. Mix the meat, rice, eggs, crushed garlic, and half of the chopped onions. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Before placing the filling on the cabbage leaves, make sure that your hands are wet (place 2-3 cabbage leaves aside and don't fill them); this way, the filling won't stick to your hands. Form small cylinders from the mixture (filling), and place them evenly on the cabbage leaves. Once you're done with setting the filling on the leaves, carefully roll them up and press both of their ends well so the filling won't fall out.
  • Cut the sausage into larger pieces, grab a pan and place it on the stove with the lard, half of the chopped onions, and chopped garlic. Cook it for 2-3 minutes, then sprinkle with some sweet paprika powder (Hungarian).
  • Place 2-3 cabbage leaves on the bottom of the pan and place the filled cabbage leaves on the top one by one, add the bay leaf, and ground cumin, also add the sauerkraut, then cover it with water and let it cook for 2-3 hours.
  • Once it's well cooked, turn off the heat and serve.

— Specific Atributes of This Recipe:

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Calories: 666kcalCarbohydrates: 32gProtein: 33gFat: 46gSaturated Fat: 16gPolyunsaturated Fat: 4gMonounsaturated Fat: 21gCholesterol: 132mgSodium: 579mgPotassium: 1074mgFiber: 8gSugar: 8gVitamin A: 2084IUVitamin C: 94mgCalcium: 181mgIron: 5mg
Keyword Hungarian Stuffed Cabbage Leaves, Magyar Töltött Káposzta Recept
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What to serve with Toltottkaposzta?

“Töltött Káposzta” is best when served with some white bread on the side and sour cream on the top.

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