Lazy Man Golumpki, aka Cabbage and Beef Casserole – Platter Talk

I first fell in love with golumpki (or galumpki OR golabki), when I was about eight and a half months pregnant with my daughter. Why, yes, it’s the same daughter who forced me when I was pregnant to go out in a blizzard for cheesecake

My best friend Debbie’s mom, Evelyn, made cabbage rolls for my baby shower. I was in absolute heaven! They were so delicious, and I really wanted to learn how to make them. However, when I heard how long it took to actually make them, I never even tried. I would just wait for special occasions for my friend’s mom to make them, and if I could have hidden some away to bring home, I definitely would have done that.

However, as the years went by, I thought about it and really hoped there might be an easier way to do this. I have been cooking for a long time now so I thought I would at least look up some recipes and try to figure this out.

My research is how I discovered the wonderful Food and Recipe blog Platter Talk! This scrumptious Golumpki recipe is SO much less involved by deconstructing the cabbage roll, and making it into a casserole. Platter Talk was created by Dan and Scott, but I think this particular recipe is from Scott, as it says that he is heavily influenced by his Polish heritage. This recipe was so easy to make, and I am definitely looking forward to going back to their site to find even more tasty recipes.

Let’s jump right in!

What you’ll need:

  • One head of cabbage, medium
  • 2 1/2 lbs lean ground beef 
  • 1/2 lb bacon
  • One white onion
  • 1/2 cup Italian breadcrumbs
  • 1/2-3/4 cup cooked white rice
  • 1-2 eggs 
  • One family size can and one 10 ounce can of tomato soup
  • Salt and pepper to taste

First, preheat your oven to 375 degrees. Cook the rice, and allow it to cool. I used my Rice Cooker so I didn’t have to think about it. Super easy!

I used the Rapid-Prep Mandoline to shred the cabbage. Doing it this way made prepping this recipe even easier!

Next, cook 1/2 pound of bacon. For this, I used the Air Fryer. It was done in 11 minutes. 

Once it cooled, I used my Shears to chop it.

I also used the Rapid-Prep Mandoline to dice the onion.

Combine the beef, bread crumbs, onion, bacon, rice, eggs, salt and pepper in a large bowl. You can use one egg to start, but I’ve made this a few times and I always end up using both eggs.

Now let’s put it together! I used a 9×13 Rectangular Baker, and placed a layer of the shredded cabbage to completely cover the bottom of the Baker.

Next add the meat mixture on top of the shredded cabbage.

Add another layer of cabbage to completely cover the meat.

Finally, add the one family size can of tomato soup, spreading with a scraper to cover the cabbage. You can use the smaller can halfway through the baking to add more soup if you feel you need to.

Cover with foil, and bake for 1 hour 45 minutes, up to two hours.

That’s it! I love how Platter Talk set up this recipe and help me to be able to throw this together and finally enjoy my very own golumpki, even if they aren’t rolled up! Please let me know if you make this, and what you think about this recipe.  I hope that you love this as much as my family did!

My recipe video is at the bottom of this post, along with link to this wonderful recipe. 

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