This slow cooker stuffed cabbage recipe is so yummy that even my kids love it! Roll them up, let them cook all day in your crockpot and it tastes amazing. No side dishes needed for this dinner idea. Perfect for St. Patrick’s Day or any time of the year really. Here’s an easy way to make this classic dish.
We are the typical family, hence the name The Typical Mom, who cooks the same dishes week after week…..but sometimes it is time to add a new dish! I love easy crockpot meals and so naturally my mind goes there. Most of our favorite dishes are “dump meals” like our 5 ingredient crockpot recipe but every once and a while it’s nice to take some time and make something different like this slow cooker stuffed cabbage recipe that is now part of our favorite crockpot recipes, and around St. Patricks Day too! (originally published /16)
So we make stuffed green peppers pretty regularly and this recipe reminds me of that. It is inexpensive, pretty healthy, and once you take the time to make the cabbage rolls (less than an hr.), it cooks by itself until it’s time to eat. It’s one of those down home meals that you may have had as a child, and a great “present” dinner to get your children to try!
First thing first you need to cook the ground beef or turkey with diced onions, some minced garlic, any other spices you enjoy and make your tomato sauce that will be mixed in and poured over your slow cooker cabbage rolls.
Here is what you will need to make this easy slow cooker stuffed cabbage
- Cabbage leaves
- Ground beef
- Tomato sauce
Slow Cooker Stuffed Cabbage
- 1 lb ground beef or turkey
- 5 cabbage leaves
- 1 egg
- 1/4 c milk
- 1/2 onion diced
- 1 tbsp minced garlic
- 1 c cooked rice
- 1 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 can tomato sauce 15 oz, or more if you like a wetter filling
- 2 tbsp ketchup
- 1 1/2 tsp worchestshire sauce
- 2 tbsp honey
- Cook the ground beef or turkey with your onion and garlic.
- Combine that with your cooked rice, egg, and milk in one bowl. Combine ingredients for the sauce together and add 1/4 of it into your meat mixture.
- Boil cabbage leaves for 2 minutes. Roll meat into cabbage pieces like a burrito folding sides in and securing with 2 toothpicks each.
- Put some sauce on bottom of crockpot. Lay cabbage rolls down and pour remaining sauce on top. Cook in your crockpot on high for 4-5 hrs. or low for 8-9 hrs.
It looks like a lot of steps but after your first time of doing it you will pretty much know what to do and it is really quite easy, easier to roll the cabbage and meat together than I had initially thought the first time I made them. I am all about easy…..so seriously, you can do this!
Boil your large cabbage leaves, there’s really only 2-3 per head so I would buy 2 if you’re making enough for a family of 4 or more. When I take them out of the water I put them on a plate with a paper towel to absorb some of the water and start with one pice. Fill the middle with about this much mixture and then roll like a burrito with the sides in first, then roll it up. Secure the side with the “stem” up with 2 toothpicks so it doesn’t unravel.
I use a larger portable crockpot (the top clips on so you can take it to someone else’s house without mess – aff. link) for this meal, and have smaller ones for other recipes….it’s nice to have a few. 😉 Let them cook and have a fabulous meal….even my kids love this slow cooker stuffed cabbage recipe!!
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