Monday, January 31, 2011

Layered Cabbage - Kolozsvari Kaposzta - Varza a la Cluj

1 pound ground pork
1 cup water
1 pound sauerkraut
pinch of dry thyme
1 cup of cooked rice
smoked sausage or ham
1 cup sour cream
1 large onion, chopped
1½ tablespoon sweet Hungarian paprika
2 tablespoons oil
black pepper

Cook rice and set aside.

Sautee onion in oil on a medium heat until translucent, add meat, paprika and water. Cook meat for about 10 minutes or until there is no more liquid. Set aside.
Rinse sauerkraut and cook in a large pot until tender and season with thyme.

Slice sausage or ham.

Use a large casserole dish.

Layer sauerkraut in base of dish, add layer of meat,than a layer of rice and another layer of sauerkraut.

Arrange ham or sausage slices on top and sprinkle with sour cream.
Bake in a 350F oven for about 30-45 minutes.

Remove from oven and let it rest for about 15 minutes. Cut with a sharp knife.
Serve with sour cream.

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  1. I think it's great that the first two recipes I found on your site are HUGE in my family (this one and the stuffed cabbage). Do you know much about the origins of this recipe? I'm about to post my grandmother's recipe (which she got from her Hungarian mother-in-law) and we've always just called it kolazsvari and yours is the first time I found another recipe for it!

    1. My mom used to make this every year around Christmas. We love this dish, it's even better next day. This is a traditional romanian food, from Cluj-Napoca, called "Varza a la Cluj". Cluj is the name of the city and when Transylvania was part of Hungary the city was known as Kolozsvár.
      The name of the dish in hungarian is "Kolozsvari Rakott Kaposzta". (Kolozsvar = Cluj)
      Thank you for the comment and your Kolozsvari looks awesome.

  2. Hello Anita,
    I love you recipes. I found a lots of hungarian recipes here the way we are making them at Hungary. Now do you have any connection with Hungary?


    1. Andrea, thanks for the comment. My mom is hungarian and I grew up with hungarian food. I love to eat it and I love to cook hungarian food. Who doesn't like gulyas or paprikas? I will post more recipes, I hope you will come back to see them.

  3. Anita,

    I thought so... It is so great to "meet" you. I have my 16 years old daughter who loves hungarian foodsame as you listed here, rakott krumlpi,paprikas krumpli,gulyas leves and top of the line turo gomboc and palacsinta. Sound like you speak hungarian too. Only one thing I can't do is a griz galuska.If you have a good recipe please share with me.

    Good to talk to you from Los Angeles

    1. Hi Andrea.
      I am happy you like the food I cook. I love hungarian food and turo gomboc is one of my favorites. I think me and your daughter woulf fight over them :-) I will post the recipe for griz galuska for you this weekend when I make chicken soup (husleves).
      Thank you for visiting my blog, it makes me very happy.


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