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Töltött káposzta

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Töltött káposzta is Hungarian for cabbage rolls, it is a dish consisting of cooked cabbage leaves wrapped around a variety of fillings. Cabbage rolls are common to the ethnic cuisines of Europe and Asia, and have also found popularity in areas of North America settled by Eastern Europeans.

In Europe, the filling is traditionally based around meat, often beef, lamb or pork and is seasoned with garlic, onion and spices. Grains such as rice and barley, eggs, mushrooms and vegetables are often included. Pickled cabbage leaves are often used for wrapping, particularly in Southeastern Europe.

Cabbage leaves are wrapped around the filling, then baked, simmered or steamed in a covered pot and generally eaten warm, often accompanied by a sauce. The sauce varies widely by cuisine. Always in Sweden and sometimes in Finland, stuffed cabbage is served with lingonberry jam, which is both sweet and tart. In Eastern Europe, tomato-based sauces or plain sour cream are typical. In Lebanon it is a popular plate, where the cabbage is stuffed with rice and minced meat and only rolled to the size of a cigar. It is usually served with a side of yogurt and a type of lemon and olive oil vinaigrette seasoned with garlic and dried mint.

In Hungary, töltött káposzta is a typical dish served on such holidays as Christmas and Easter, as well as on various Hungarian weddings.

In 2010, Töltött káposzta won in an online poll as Hungary's most popular and preferred dish.


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References

Cabbage roll, en.wikipedia.org

Töltött Káposzta, www.chew.hu

Töltött Káposzta, www.whats4eats.com