Month: January 2018

A Brief Life Update

A Brief Life Update

Hello readers! We have fallen a bit behind on blogging, but hopefully we will be back in the swing of things soon. It doesn’t seem like we’ve been up to much lately, but here’s what has been going on in our life the past couple […]

European Eating Adventure: Albania

European Eating Adventure: Albania

This year Sam and I have the goal of cooking and eating a meal from every country in Europe. There are 51 countries in Europe, which would match up for us to cook one country’s meal a week. While we would love to get in […]

Sarmale Casserole

Sarmale Casserole

Sarmale is a quintessential Romanian food, made of a mixture of sausage, rice, and veggies wrapped in pickled cabbage. I have yet to try “real” traditional sarmale, but I make this casserole version of it almost every week.

On our recent trip home I made my family a somewhat traditional Romanian meal, including two different types of this sarmale casserole. I was asked for this recipe by a few people, so I decided to post it on here in case others are interested in trying it as well.

I originally got this recipe from Sam’s Mom, who got it from Allrecipes, but we have both improvised it quite a bit from the original recipe. I have gotten to where I make it a little differently every time based on what I have around, but I keep the base the same.

Sarmale Casserole

Base:

1 small-medium head of cabbage, chopped into bite-sized pieces

1 15 oz can diced tomatoes

2 cups veggie broth

1/2 cup dry brown rice

1 onion, chopped

2 cloves garlic, minced

salt and pepper, to tast

Add-ins

1 lb ground beef, cooked and drained

-or-

1 small package tofu crumbled

-or-

1 small package chopped mushrooms

1/4 cup chopped walnuts

or any combination of the above!

Combine all ingredients in a crockpot and cook on high 4-6 hours, or until the cabbage is soft. Alternately, you could place all the ingredients in a large Dutch oven and bake in the oven or cook on the stovetop.

We like to eat this over mashed potatoes, and for the full Romanian meal for my family I also made mamaliga (a side dish similar to polenta) and salata de varza, which is a cabbage salad with a simple vinegar dressing. Romanians also like to eat this topped with sour cream.

If you try it please let me know how it turns out and what you think! Happy cooking!

 

 

What We’ve Been Doing Lately

What We’ve Been Doing Lately

On December 13 we began our journey back home for the holidays! I had been counting down the days for a long time and we were both so excited. Our journey began by driving five hours to Belgrade, Serbia on Thursday to be ready to […]