HOLUBTSI with Meat and Rice Filling
From TRADITIONAL UKRAINIAN COOKERY by Savella Stechishin
1 cup rice
1 cup boiling water
1 tsp salt
1 medium onion (about 6 ounces)
4 tablespoons fat (I used duck fat)
½ pound ground pork
½ pound ground beef
1 tsp salt
½ tsp pepper
*Wash the rice until the water comes off clear.
*Put rice in a frying pan. Pour on boiling water. Stir in 1 tsp salt. Bring to brisk boil and let it cook 1 minute. Cover, turn off the heat, and let it stand until the water is absorbed. The rice will be only partially cooked. This is the way it should be.
*Chop onion finely. Cook it in fat until tender. Add pork and beef and stir until lightly browned.
*Stir in the rice and allow to cool.
*Stir in egg, salt, and pepper.
*Stuff cabbage leaves. I used an unsoured head and added vinegar when cooking. For cooking the cabbage head see http://eleanorstadnyk.blogspot.ca/2013/12/mary-stadnyks-holubtsi-part-ii-and-my.html
For cooking holubtsi see http://eleanorstadnyk.blogspot.com/2013/12/mary-stadnyks-holubtsi-by-request.html
Bryan LOVED these holubtsi with the meat.