Thursday, April 16, 2009

Varza (cabbage) à la Cluj

Varza à la Cluj is a special type of food specific to Transylvania, almost as popular as the "sarmale" that's made up of minced meat and rice in a pan and then baked in the oven.
1 piece of sauerkraut
1 onion
750 g of pork meat
4 tablespoons of grease
a tea cup full of sour cream
½ tea cup full of rice
black pepper
some dill - optionally
How to cook it
Mince the meat and fry it in a saucepan together with the grease and some onion; smother it down from by adding a spoon of water from time to time
The chopped sauerkraut has to be smothered a little bit ( for about 20 min.) – use the oven and a pan
Boil the rice in salty water for a little bit and then put it in a sieve to take the water out and leave the rice dry and unsticky
Spread a little bit of grease on a saucepan walls and then stretch one layer of sauerkraut, 1 layer of meat and 1 of sour cream. Spread the rice and some salt and black pepper between the cabbage and the meat layers. Repeat this until all the ingredients are over and make sure you put a last layer of sour cream on top of everything.
Put everything in the oven (190 ° C ) for about 30 – 35 min.

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