Golubtsy is a main dish, very popular in Russia. It is cooked in everyday life and for holidays as well.

Boil the whole head of cabbage in a salt water during 20 minutes. Then peel off the leaves accurately. Boil rice in a salt water until it is almost ready. Grate carrots and chop tomatoes. Mix rice with minced meat and carrots and tomatoes. Don”t forget about salt and pepper. Put each leaf the inner side up. Place one tablespoon of prepared meat stuffing in the centre of each leaf. Roll leaves, covering stuffing from sides like an envelope. Put stuffed cabbage leaves with seam down close to each other on a frying pan. Add two tablespoons of tomato sauce or ketchup to 0,5 liter of water or broth. Add it, covering the bottom of the pan. Spread butter on top of each piece. Heat oven to 140 degrees Celsius (250 degrees Fahrenheit). Bake golubtsy for an hour. Served with seam down, in a deep plate. Garnished with sour cream or sauce in which golubtsy were cooked. Servings: 2-3.

If you don”t eat meat, you can put more rice and more vegetables.
Anyway it will be tasty.

1 big head of white cabbage.
500 g minced meat.
300 g rice.
2 carrots.
3 tomatoes.
Salt and pepper to taste.

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