Lazy Gołumpki: How to Make it AND How to Say it!

When my family went to the beach a couple of weeks ago, we each took a night to cook dinner. My dad made stromboli; we made an antipasto, pasta, and salad; my brother and future sis-in-law made. . . Lazy Gołumpki. Ummmm, huh? I think we all collectively scratched our heads when we found out what we’d be having for dinner.

Caity (said future sis-in-law) is Polish, and Gołumpki (pronounced Gwump-key) is a classic Polish comfort dish. Her family makes an easier, slightly less labor intensive version, and it’s delicious! Seriously, this might be one of my new favorite fall comfort dishes. And my picky little sister ate it (had seconds even), so that’s saying something!

This recipe is from Caity’s Babci (her grandmother). Since her grandma always shared the recipe with anyone who wanted it, Caity gave me permission to share it with all of you! We had it with some grilled Polish Kielbasa and crusty bread, but it’s certainly a meal all by itself. Enjoy!

Lazy Gołumpki

1 head of cabbage
1 medium onion, chopped fine
3 cups cooked rice
1 lb very lean ground beef
3 cans tomato soup


Preheat oven to 350°.

Remove the core of the cabbage, and then chop it fine. In a large pot, parboil the cabbage just until limp and then drain.

In a large bowl, combine the raw ground beef, hot cooked rice, and onions. Season with salt and pepper and mix really well.

Using a large oven-proof pot, spread a layer of the beef and rice mixture on the bottom and top it with and even layer of the cabbage. Pour a layer of the tomato soup (diluted with a little bit of water) over the cabbage. Continue layering in this way until you are out of ingredients.

Cover the pot loosely with foil and bake for 1 1/2 hours.

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