Croatian Savory Cabbage Strudel Recipe

Croatian Savory Cabbage Strudel, also known as 'Sarma Strudel,' is a delicious and hearty dish that combines the flavors of cabbage, ground meat, and spices. The cabbage leaves are filled with a mixture of ground meat, rice, onions, and herbs, then rolled up and baked until golden and crispy. This dish is a popular comfort food in Croatia and is often served during special occasions and holidays. It is best enjoyed warm, straight from the oven, and pairs well with a side of sour cream or yogurt.

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Croatian Savory Cabbage Strudel

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Ingredients for Croatian Savory Cabbage Strudel Recipe

  • 0.13 Large Cabbage
  • 0.13 pound Ground Meat
  • 0.13 cup Cooked Rice
  • 0.13 Onion, Finely Chopped
  • 1/4 tablespoon Oil
  • As required Salt And Pepper To Taste
  • as needed Spices Of Your Choice
  • 1/4 tablespoon Melted Butter Or Oil, For Brushing
  • as per your need Sour Cream Or Yogurt, For Serving

Directions: Croatian Savory Cabbage Strudel Recipe

Cooking Directions

  • STEP 1.Preheat the oven to 375°F (190°C) and grease a baking dish.
  • STEP 2.In a large pot, bring water to a boil and blanch the cabbage leaves for a few minutes until they are soft and pliable. Drain and set aside.
  • STEP 3.In a skillet, heat oil over medium heat and sauté the onions until they are translucent. Add the ground meat and cook until browned. Season with salt, pepper, and your choice of spices.
  • STEP 4.In a bowl, combine the cooked ground meat mixture with cooked rice and mix well.
  • STEP 5.Place a cabbage leaf on a clean surface and spoon a portion of the meat and rice mixture onto the leaf. Roll the leaf tightly, tucking in the sides as you go. Repeat with the remaining cabbage leaves and filling.
  • STEP 6.Place the rolled cabbage leaves in the greased baking dish and brush the tops with melted butter or oil.
  • STEP 7.Bake in the preheated oven for about 30-40 minutes, or until the strudel is golden and crispy.
  • STEP 8.Remove from the oven and let it cool slightly before serving. Serve warm with a side of sour cream or yogurt.
  • STEP 9.Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat in the oven or microwave before serving.

Cooking Tips

  • Choose a cabbage with large, sturdy leaves for easier rolling.
  • You can use a combination of ground beef and pork for added flavor.
  • Feel free to add additional vegetables or herbs to the filling, such as carrots or parsley.
  • If you prefer a vegetarian version, you can substitute the ground meat with cooked lentils or mushrooms.
  • For a crispier crust, brush the strudel with beaten egg before baking.

Storage and Serving

  • Serve the Croatian Savory Cabbage Strudel warm as a main dish or as a side dish.
  • It pairs well with a side of sour cream or yogurt for dipping.
  • Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
  • Reheat the leftovers in the oven or microwave before serving.
calories per serving
9 g Fat6 g Protein7 g Carbs5 g FiberOther

Current Totals

  • Fat
  • Protein
  • Carbs
  • Fiber


  • Carbs
  • Protein
  • Fiber


  • Fat

Vitamins & Minerals

  • Calcium
  • Iron
  • Vitamin A
  • Vitamin B1
    < 1mg
  • Vitamin B2
    < 1mg
  • Vitamin B3
    < 1mg
  • Vitamin B6
    < 1mg
  • Vitamin B9
  • Vitamin B12
    < 1mcg
  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin E
    < 1mg
  • Copper
    < 1mcg
  • Magnesium
  • Manganese
  • Phosphorus
  • Selenium
  • Zinc
    < 1mg
Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. All nutritional information presented are estimates and not meant to substitute professional dietary advice or treatment
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Recipe By Slurrp