Krautwickel or Stuffed Cabbage

Stuffed Cabbage, Krautwickel mit Kartoffelsalat

A Krautwickel or Cabbage Roll is a traditional German home cooked meal. You can add rice, but I like mine with potatoes. It’s a true German comfort meal

The other weekend I took advantage of the “man-is-not-at-home hour” and made my mothers cabbage wraps – and really celebrated it! Winter vegetables arouse little enthusiasm in men. And that’s expressed nicely. So on that Saturday I treated myself to this classic. Leaf by leaf filled with spiced minced meat and tied into small packs. Yes, admittedly, at the end I still had a lot of cabbage wraps left over. But the good thing about it, they can be frozen. Perfect for lazy weekends when I feel like eating hearty home cooked meal.

Instant Pot recipe: 2 cups water, 1, onion, 1/2 cup wine. Place the cabbage rolls on a trivet. Close the top and turn on and high pressure for 13 minutes with 5 minutes slow release.

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Krautwickel or Cabbage rolls

Krautwickel or Cabbage rolls
Category: Main meal
Cuisine: German
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes

Options: Instead tying the stuffed cabbage with kitchen yarn, it could be squeezed in a clean cotton towel to keep the form. Instead of pan frying, the stuffed cabbage (wrapped in bacon) can be baked in the oven with the broth at 375F for about 45 minutes. Another option is to prepare the cabbage rolls in the Instant Pot: 2 cups water, 1, onion, 1/2 cup wine. place cabbage rolls on a trivet. Close top and high pressure for 13 minutes with 5 minutes slow release.


  • 1 lb beef ground and/or pork ground mixed
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 1 tbsp pepper
  • 1 tbsp paprika
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 onion, minced (can be fried first)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbsp sour cream
  • Juice of a half lemon (incl. zest)
  • Fresh parsley
  • Mix all above ingredients with clean hands or spatula:
  • 1 whole cabbage
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 3 cups beef broth, or water with beef cube
  • 2 tbsp tomato puree
  • 1 cup of whole cream, or 2 tbsp sour cream


  • Bring a big pot of water to boil, turn on medium.
  • Cut out the root cone, discard
  • Add the whole cabbage to the hot water and cook 5 to 10 minutes, remove.
  • Leaves should come off easy.
  • Mix the ground beef with the first 9 ingredients.
  • Take two or more leaves, lay the meat mixture on top, roll it and tie with kitchen yarn
  • Heat a pan with oil on high and fry the Krautwickel until they get color and a few brown spots.
  • Pour in the beef broth, add beef cube and tomato puree, stir and cover.
  • Cook on low/medium heat for 30 minutes.
  • If you like it thicker, mix some flour with water and combine with the liquid with a whisk. Bring it to a boil to thicken.
  • Add 1 cup of whole cream.
  • Season gravy with salt, pepper and white wine to taste
  • Remove and place on a hot serving plate.


Can be served with mashed or boiled Potatoes. Season gravy to taste with salt pepper and some white wine.

Nutrition information

4 – 6
Serving Size: 1

I have been living half of my life in Germany, then US, and traveling since then. My passion is cooking, painting and glass mosaic art. I try to re-create recipes I grew up with, or I tasted while traveling in Europe. Disclosure: As an Amazon Affiliate I earn a small commission if you click through and make qualifying purchases with no additional cost to you.

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