Take everything you know about halupkis.
No, don’t throw it away. Keep it safe from what we’re about to show you.
Your nana will roll over when she sees what we’re sharing here …
This is One Weird Halupki Recipe
We’re talking really weird halupki recipe here.
And it comes from a brand name you’ve come to know and trust, Fritos. This really weird recipe comes from another time, too. Apparently, the mid-century era of the 1900s were a time of pantry experimentation.
And this weird recipe for Fritos Stuffed Cabbage takes the … cake?
Your Basic Halupki
If you’re from the Coal Region, you know what a halupki is.
You got your cabbage leaves, your meat, your rice, your tuhmaytuh sauce. Roll it all up … bup bup bup … you got your tray of halupkis.
You’re probably better at eating them than you are making them.
Like we said earlier, take those memories and keep them safe because we’re about to show you something we’re still having a hard time not seeing.
The Fritos Stuffed Cabbage Recipe
Now, is it a halupki because it’s in a roll? Or is it a halupki because of the idea behind it?
Those are questions the people at Fritos said were dumb questions. And then made some very cavalier decisions.
The Madness of the Method
First, you take your medium head of cabbage. OK, simple enough.
Now, don’t start peeling it. Don’t start cutting it apart. The recipe doesn’t call for any of that.
Instead, you’re going to want to “fold” back the outer layers of the cabbage.
Then, remove the center of the cabbage.
It’s at this point, we should tell you that you’re making one giant halupki. When the people at Fritos said you’re making stuffed cabbage, they mean you’re stuffing a cabbage.
And you probably thought the idea of adding Fritos was the really weird part.
The Filling (Extra MSG For Us, Please)
So, it’s time to make the filling for this really weird halupki.
This is the least weird part of this weird recipe.
Combine meat onion, salt, pepper, an egg, a little evaporated milk, and the Fritos corn chips. Oh yeah, don’t forget the monosodium glutamate (MSG).
Now, it’s time to take your meat and Fritos mixture and make the halupki, as it were.
The recipe says you’re just supposed to place the meat wad into the cabbage head. Close it by folding the leaves back over the top to close it.
Of course, the next step would be to wrap the entire cabbage in a thin cloth and drop it into a pot of boiling water.
What else would you do?
You’re supposed to simmer this until it’s tender. Then, slice it into wedges and serve it that way to the people you’ve invited for dinner but are there just to make sure you’re OK.