Don't click away just yet.... I know the food pictured may not look 100% delicious, but I promise it tastes awesome! Aren't those little Russian Dolls so cute? Don't you just want to eat them up? Hehe. This is one of Troy's favorite meals. (It's a basic dish using rice, beef, cabbage and spices). If you are looking for something new, easy, healthy, and affordable to make for dinner this week, try this! I make this like once a month at our house, since everybody likes it.
I learned the recipe from my big sister, Kate. She did a study abroad in St. Petersburg, Russia when she was in college. She lived with a Russian family, who cooked for her. She has taught me several recipes that I just love, and this is one of my favorites. She says there are several ways to make Guluptsi, but this is the version her host family made most often. It's sort of the "poor man's" version.
My sister dug out a few pictures from her time in Russia and sent them to me. I was so tickled to add these to my Russian Gulupsti post.
This is her host family's kitchen. Can't you just picture them making Guluptsi in there? :)
I brought this meal to a church party a few weeks ago for an "international cuisine" themed dinner. This recipe is great for large gatherings, because it makes a ton and isn't too expensive. Plus its gluten-free, which is great for many people these days. And, it makes great leftovers!
2 cups brown rice / 4 cups water
beef base (or broth)
1 lb. ground beef
3 garlic cloves
1 pkg shredded cabbage (or coleslaw mix)
a couple TBs olive oil
salt and pepper
1 tsp dill (if you have some fresh in your garden, that is the BEST)!
1 tsp basil
1 tsp oregano
1. Cook rice. I use enough beef base for 4 cups of water. You could also use beef bouillon cubes, or substitute 2 cups of the water for rice with beef broth.
2. Brown beef and drain. Set aside.
3. Cut onion, fry in olive oil. Add garlic at the end.
4. Add cabbage, cook down for a few minutes.
5. Add browned beef.
6. Add rice.
7. Add all seasonings to taste, and more olive oil so its not dry.
8. Toss to stir.
*Use the largest frying pan you have. I am lucky to have a nice big wok, which is perfect for this meal, but a large pan should also work.