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Little Bucharest Bistro
3661 N. Elston Avenue
(773) 604-8500

Stuffed Cabbage Roll
4-8 white cabbage leaves (depending on size)
1 cup ground pork
1 cup ground beef
1/4 chopped ham
2 teaspoons black olives chopped
1 teaspoon chopped parsley
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon red pepper
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1 cup tomato sauce (for baking use)
2 onions chopped whole
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup white rice (pre-cooked)
3 cups water
1/2 cup vinegar

Prepare cabbage leaves by boiling them in three cups water, add 1 teaspoon salt and 1/2 cup vinegar. Continue to boil for 10-15 minutes until cabbage starts detaching from the head. Add in 1/2 cup oil to a pan and add chopped onion, cook for 15 minutes. Add both ground pork and beef to the pan, along with the rice, ham, chopped olives, seasonings. Mix all of the ingredients for the filling. Create rolls by adding the filling to the cabbage leaf (measurement depends on the size of the cabbage). Put prepared rolls in the oven at 275 degrees for an hour and a half. Add tomato sauce (mix with water to create sauce mixture) to the top of the rolls so cabbage doesn't dry.

Signature Shortrib Goulash

2 chopped onions
1 clove garlic crushed
1 tbs. paprika
1/2 teaspoon carawau seeds
1/4 teaspoon marjoram
1 teaspoon salt
Freshly ground pepper (to season)
1 1/2 cup of beef stock
4 medium sized tomatoes (crushed)
2 green peppers sliced
1 red pepper sliced
1/4 cup vegetable oil
Short ribs

Add beef to hot vegetable oil in cooking pot and cook for 5 minutes or until brown. Add onions, garlic, paprika, carawau seeds, marjoram, salt, red pepper and beef stock. Cover and put in the oven for an hour and half at 375 degrees to allow all of the ingredients to cook. Add green peppers, red peppers and tomatoes to the cooked ingredients. Add water to prevent drying, cover and put back in the oven for another 25 minutes.

About Little Bucharest Bistro
A Romanian inspired and contemporary influenced bar and restaurant, Little Bucharest Bistro, is located at 3661 N. Elston in the Old Irving Park area. Little Bucharest Bistro is open seven days a week for dinner; Sunday through Friday 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. and Saturday 5 p.m. to 3 a.m. Little Bucharest Bistro accepts all major credit cards. Street parking is available.

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