Cabbage Rolls (Galumpkis) with Peppers

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Ingredients:

  • 1 large head of cabbage
  • 2 cups sandwich bread, torn into pieces
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 pound fresh ground pork
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup chopped green peppers plus 5 or 6 thin slices
  • 1/4 cup chopped red peppers plus 5 or 6 thin slices
  • 1/2 cup green onions
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 tablespoon Panko bread crumbs
  • 2 tablespoons chopped Jalapeno peppers
  • 1 teaspoon dried cilantro
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 pepper
  • 2 small tomatoes sliced

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a large stock pot bring 4 or 5 quarts of water to a boil (enough to cover the head of cabbage); add 2 teaspoons salt. Place a head of cabbage into the boiling water for 2 minutes. Remove and rinse under cold water till cool. Repeat with the second head of cabbage if using. Pull large outer leaves off each head and set aside.
  3. In a large mixing bowl soak the bread pieces and milk for 1-2 minutes. Add the ground pork, egg, chopped peppers, onion, half of the cheese, Panko crumbs, chopped Jalapeno pepper, cilantro, cumin, salt and pepper.  Mix together with hands or a large spatula till well blended. Note: Mixture should be wet but still hold together. Add 1-2 tablespoons Panko if necessary.
  4. Place several large spoonfuls of the meat mixture on the cabbage leaves and roll; place seam side down in a 14×16 inch glass baking dish sprayed with vegetable oil. Depending on the size of the leaves you should have between 10-12 rolls. Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 55-60 minutes.
  5. Remove the foil and sprinkle some of the cheese on top of the rolls; add the sliced peppers and tomatoes; finish with more cheese.  Return the uncovered dish to the oven and bake for an additional 15-20 minutes until peppers and tomatoes are soft and cheese is melted.
  6. Serve garnished with additional cilantro, if desired.

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