Cabbage rolls, a culinary gem hailing from Poland, have become a global sensation, finding their way to dinner tables far and wide. This recipe is an ode to the traditional stuffed cabbage roll, where each bite promises a flavorful blend of ground meat and rice enveloped in a tangy tomato embrace. With a twist of the slow cooker magic, these cabbage rolls deliver a satisfyingly hearty meal that will leave your family craving for more.
Quality Ground Beef: Utilize lean ground beef, ensuring a rich, savory flavor.
Fresh Green Cabbage: Opt for a sizable green cabbage, ensuring an ample supply of leaves.
Filling Mixture: Combine breadcrumbs, uncooked instant rice, diced green bell pepper, large egg, onion soup mix, finely diced shallots, tomato sauce, Worcestershire sauce, salt, and pepper for a mouthwatering filling.
Cooking Sauce: Enhance the flavor with tomato soup and a can of Rotel tomatoes, choosing the spice level to suit your taste.
Seasonings: Salt and pepper, to taste.
Step One – Cabbage Prep:
Carefully remove the cabbage stem, blanch the cabbage in salted boiling water, and extract 12 large leaves. Trim the stems for pliability.
Step Two – Filling Creation:
In a large bowl, blend tomato sauce, rice, green bell pepper, shallots, Worcestershire sauce, onion mix, seasonings, breadcrumbs, egg, and ground beef. Hand mixing ensures thorough incorporation.
Step Three – Roll Assembly:
Place 1/3 cup of the mixture on a cabbage leaf, fold the sides, and create a burrito-style roll. Arrange six rolls in the slow cooker, adding Rotel and tomato soup between layers.
Step Four – Slow Cooking Bliss:
Cook on low for 6-7 hours, allowing the flavors to meld. Garnish with parmesan cheese and parsley for a finishing touch.
How to Serve
Spoon the sauce over the cabbage rolls when serving, and consider adding a dollop of sour cream for an extra flair. These rolls stand alone as a complete meal but pair wonderfully with salad, mashed potatoes, or warm crusty bread.
Meat Substitutes: Experiment with pork, sausage, chicken, turkey, or venison for diverse flavors.
Leftover Cabbage: Sauté remaining blanched cabbage with onion and bacon for a tasty side dish.
Rice Variations: Opt for Minute brand brown rice as a wholesome alternative.
Spicy Twist: Introduce spicy elements like ground sausage, red pepper flakes, or hot sauce for a kick.
Storage and Reheating
Store leftovers in an airtight container for up to 4 days in the fridge. Reheat in the oven or microwave.
Soak sour cabbage to reduce saltiness.
Mix various ground meats for a diverse flavor profile.
Hand mixing ensures even ingredient distribution.