Old Fashioned, Authentic, Hunky Halupki

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Recipe by DohaSami

A good ol' Hunky halupki recipe from our great-grandma Suzie Takas, her protege and excellent cook and baker, our mom, Patricia Sue (Oshinsky) Swestock, adapted with love by the Brothers Swestock.

Top Review by nina22541

Yes Maam! Now this is good old fashion Hunky sarma like my late father-in-law taught me (he didn't trust the rest of the family to carry on the recipe lol) Only difference was addition of allspice or nutmeg to the meat mix and layer rolls with kraut in between and stew in chicken broth. Sometimes we would use a 'sour head" (hard to find except in ethnic stores). He also used the kielbasa but no tomato just alot of good Hungarian paprika. I really prefer the addition tomato sauce with mine but boy-o-boy your recipe is dead on to Pa's! Thank you DohaSami

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Method:.
  2. - Core and boil the cabbage heads.
  3. -- remove outer leaves as they become blanched -- do not over-cook.
  4. -- stack on cookie sheet as they come out of the water - they will continue to soften.
  5. -- cut thick vein from each leaf.
  6. - mix together your meat, drained rice, chopped onion, garlic powder, parsley, salt, black pepper, red pepper flakes, and egg.
  7. -- to sweeten up the meat a bit, I add a good squirt of ketchup (there's only one brand - Heinz) and 1/2 can of tomato soup (you probably don't need this if you use pork - but at least try the ketchup).
  8. - fill your rolls and roll 'em up -- don't roll too tight - you will be able to tuck in the ends by pushing in with your little finger -- if they're rolled to tight, they'll explode in your hand -- or fold over the ends of the leaf when rolling sort of like a round burrito.
  9. -- it doesn't take long to do this -- have fun.
  10. Now for the artistry:.
  11. - Line the bottom of your roaster with bacon - roaster should be deep enough to add several layers and hold adequate liquid.
  12. - Top the bacon with a good layer of left-over cabbage leaves -- the ones too small to roll or ripped leaves.
  13. - layer with sauerkraut.
  14. - sprinkle a little caraway seeds.
  15. - layer with thickly sliced onion and chopped garlic.
  16. - add 6-10 bay leaves, depending on the amount.
  17. - layer the halupki - alternating direction of layers.
  18. -- incorporate 2 - 3 inch lengths of kielbasa throughout.
  19. - add remaining tomato soup if used.
  20. - add tomatoes and sauce.
  21. - salt and pepper.
  22. - add cabbage water to cover.
  23. Bake at 350 for one hour then reduce heat to 250 for three more hours.
  24. -- or reduce heat to 175-200 overnight - check to ensure enough liquid - don't dry them out.
  25. Serve with kick-ass mashed potatoes.
  26. - roast as much garlic as you would like in the potatoes.
  27. Cube potatoes and for best results add sea salt and refrigerate for a few hours.
  28. - rinse and drain potatoes, cover with water and lightly boil until soft.
  29. Mash together with butter, canned milk, cheddar/freshly grated Parmesan cheese, sea salt, white pepper, roasted garlic, jarred diced garlic, a little garlic powder, and grape seed oil.
  30. Now that's some good ol' Hunky eatin'!

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