Serbian has a great passion for food. Intense flavours and brilliant aromas define the dishes of this country. One of the most popular traditional dishes among the Serbs is sarma. This dish is a regular guest at the dining table during the winter holidays and other special occasions. Minced beef and pork meat, rice, onions, and various spices are mixed together and then rolled into large cabbage leaves. Here is a recipe for the most authentic Serbian sarma.
Serbian stuffed cabbage
Fry the onion till it gets gold brown, then mix it in a bowl with the meat, rice, bacon, salt and pepper. Drain the cabbage and separate the leaves. Put a tablespoon of stuffing at core end of each cabbage leaf and roll, tucking in the ends.
In a deep pot place the rolls in concentric layers. Repeat this till all rolls are set in the pot. The last layer is whole cabbage leaves. Add water to slightly cover the last layer of cabbage. Place on stove, bring to boil, and then reduce heat to low and continue boiling for at least four hours. Most good food takes time and a loving touch. Just make sure the sarma is always at a very low simmer, it’s a great way to make your house smell like a home!