Cabbage rolls

I tried another new recipe last weekend–anything to try to use up the last of this wonderful CSA cabbage and not let it go to waste! :)

My mom made cabbage rolls a few times when I was growing up, but it’s something I’d never made myself–just seemed a little too putzy for me.

But at some point this summer as I was perusing recipe books at the lake, I came across this recipe for stuffed cabbage rolls that are cooked in the slow-cooker, which seemed like a good way to do it. (Not that it affects the prep time, but slow-cooker recipes are always appealing to me.)

The actual stuffing and rolling of the cabbage was, as predicted, a bit putzy and time-consuming.  Partly because I had a hard time actually getting the leaves off the head without tearing them in half.  Trevor finally suggested that I steam the whole head a bit and then trying peeling off the leaves at that point.

He was right–I steamed the whole head for just a couple of minutes and the leaves peeled off much more easily.  Then I steamed them for another couple of minutes before putting the filling on them and rolling them up.

I used our grass-fed beef hamburger, of course, and then the CSA cabbage–it was delicious!

Stuffed cabbage roll

I would definitely make this recipe again–here it is, for those who would like to try it out. (I honestly can’t remember where I found it, so I can’t give credit to the source. But I’ve made a few adjustments so really it’s sort of my own at this point.) ;)

Slow-cooker Cabbage Rolls
1 lg head cabbage
1 egg, beaten
1 8-oz can tomato sauce
a handful of chopped sundried or oven-roasted tomatoes (more on these Friday) :)
3/4 cup quick-cooking rice
1/2 cup chopped green pepper
1/2 cup crushed saltines
1 envelope onion soup mix
2 pounds grass-fed ground beef

Mix all of these ingredients together (except the cabbage).  Steam the cabbage leaves (about a dozen of them) until they’re limp. Put about 1/4 to 1/3 cup of filling in each cabbage leaf and roll up. Place the rolls in the slow-cooker.

Cover the rolls with about 46 ounces of tomato sauce or juice–I actually used a mixture of V8 and pizza sauce (for a little extra flavor). Cover and cook on low for 6-7 hours or until filling reaches 160 degrees.

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4 Responses to Cabbage rolls

  1. Sheri says:

    I’ve always done mine in the slow cooker. Didn’t your mom do them that way?

    • Avatar of Sandi Sandi says:

      Haha–I don’t remember. But if YOUR mom did, mine probably did, too. ;)

      Did we HAVE a slow-cooker? Hahaha! Just kidding. I really don’t remember having cabbage rolls more than once or twice. . . of course, my memory could be faulty. ;) Maybe I’m making the whole thing up in my head.

  2. Katie Chaffee says:

    This is probably obvious, but do you use raw rice or cooked? Thanks!

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