Sarma (Croatian Cabbage Rolls)


March 30, 2015

Sarma (Croatian Cabbage Rolls) 4 0 5 1
  • Prep: 1 hr 30 mins
  • Cook: 5 hrs 30 mins
  • 1 hr 30 mins

    5 hrs 30 mins

    7 hrs

  • Yields: 10-12


1 Sugarloaf cabbage

1/2 kg beef mince

1/2 kg pork mince

1 cup rice

1 finely diced onion

1/2 cup sauerkraut

1 tsp vegeta

1 slice bread, wet, squeezed and torn (I forgot it yesterday - still worked)

1 egg

1 tbsp tomato paste

1 tbsp plain flour

1 tin chopped tomatoes



1Prep the cabbage by cutting a cross in the base (for better internal cooking), boiling in vinegared water for 10 minutes and let sit for further 20 before removing each leaf - four outer leaves reserved for lining, all larger leaves halved and spines chopped up and set aside, smaller leaves just thin the spine with a sharp knife, quarter core (once leaves are too small) and put aside with chopped spines.

2Mix minces, rice, onion, 1/4 cup sauerkraut, vegeta, torn bread and egg well with your hands. You may season more if that is your preference.

3Line the cooker with 2 outer leaves and scatter some sauerkraut and chopped spines on bottom.

4Roll 1-2 tsp mix and place at middle of one end of leaf. Fold the spine side in and then roll up and finish by tucking the softer end in to the roll. If smaller leaves, put the mix at the base end and roll then tuck both sides into the roll.

5Tightly pack each layer with rolls, then repeat the sauekraut and spine mixture between each.

6Just cover with water and lay the last two outer leaves over the top.

7Put slow cooker on. I had it on high for 5 hours but probably could have done it one low once it had come to the boil.

8Towards the end, remove the top leaves, mix some cooking juice with the tomato paste, flour and water (and tinned tomatoes if using) and pour back over and cook for a further 20-30 minutes.

Submitted by Sophie Burnham


3 Reviews


February 1, 2021

Susan (I know very later) – sugarloaf cabbage is sort of an ovally pale leafed cabbage – googling suggests that the New Jersey Wakefield may be close?

Susan Williams

October 21, 2020

I’ve never heard of Sugarloaf Cabbage ? Help,please

Kristen Wall

June 25, 2020

I found these quite yummy. Nice change from how I cook with sugarloaf cabbage. I recommend giving this recipe a go.

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