Krautwickel or Cabbage rolls

German Cabbage Rolls, Home fries, Krautwickel

Krautwickel or cabbage roll is a traditional German home cooked meal. You can add rice, but I like mine with potatoes. It’s basically the same recipe as my Frikadellen or German meat patties.

The last time I had them in Germany when we were staying in Dettelbach at a restaurant where the locals hang out. 

Krautwickel or Cabbage rolls

Krautwickel or Cabbage rolls
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes

Serve with Rice or (mashed ) Potatoes


  • 1 pound beef ground and/or pork ground mixed
  • 1 tbsp Salt
  • 1 tbsp Pepper
  • 1 tbsp Paprika
  • 1 tsp Nutmeg
  • 1 egg
  • Juice of a half Lemon (incl. zest)
  • 1 tbsp Sour cream
  • Fresh parsley
  • Mix all above ingredients with clean hands or spatula:
  • 1 whole cabbage
  • 2 tbsp Olive oil
  • 3 cups Beef Broth


  • Bring a big pot of water to boil, turn on medium.
  • Add the whole cabbage to the hot water and cook a couple minutes, remove and rinse with ice cold water. Leaves should easily come off.
  • Mix the ground beef with the first 8 ingredients.
  • Take two or more leaves, lay the meat mixture on top, roll it and tie with kitchen yarn
  • Heat a pan ion high and add the Krautwickel until they get color an a few brown spots.
  • Pour in the beef broth, cover and cook on low heat for 30 minutes.
  • Take them out and put on a plate.
  • 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.
  • Season gravy to taste


Nutrition information

4 to 6 Servings

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