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 a typical family, hence the name The Typical Mom. We cook the same dishes week after week. But sometimes it is time to add a new meal! I love easy crockpot meals and so naturally my mind goes there. Most of our favorite dishes are “dump meals” but every once and a while it’s nice to take some time and make something different. This slow cooker stuffed cabbage recipe that is now part of our favorite crockpot recipes. Perfect addition around St. Patricks Day too! (originally published 2/16)
- We make stuffed green peppers pretty regularly. 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. 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!
Since then we’ve made this into Instant Pot stuffed cabbage too and it’s a winner. The only difference between the 2 stuffed cabbage rolls is the cook time really.
First thing first you need to cook the ground beef or turkey. I have also used spicy ground sausage and I will admit, the later was our favorite. Your choice though, either works.
- Include some diced onions, minced garlic, any other spices you enjoy. We have used either tomato sauce or spaghetti sauce. This will later be poured over your slow cooker cabbage rolls.
- At this time make some rice. I use my pressure cookers for this step so it goes quickly. You can follow our Instant Pot white rice or Ninja Foodi rice instructions for that.
- Once your meat/onion mixture is cooked put it in a large bowl combined with your cooked rice.
- Mix together your other ingredients so it will be like an assembly line once you have everything.
- It may look like a lot of steps but after your first time you will pretty much know what to do.
- Boil your largest leaves from each head of cabbage in a boiling pot of water. There are really only 4-5 per head so I would buy 2 if you’re making enough for a family of 4 or more.
- When I take the leaves out of the water I put them on a plate with a paper towel to absorb some of the water.
- Fill the softened leaf with about this much meat mixture in center. Then roll like a burrito with the sides folded in first.
- Fold the leaf and roll it all the way up securing the side with the seam side up with 2 toothpicks so it doesn’t unravel.
- Do not use colored toothpicks as the color will bleed through.
I use a larger portable crock pot for this meal. Let them cook and have a fabulous meal. Even my kids love this slow cooker stuffed cabbage recipe!!
Here is what you will need to make this easy slow cooker stuffed cabbage
- Cabbage leaves
- Ground beef – we like spicy ground sausage the best
- Tomato sauce
- spaghetti sauce or tomato soup could be substituted
- 1/4 cup Milk
- garlic salt/powder is a must
- Worcestershire sauce
Slow Cooker Stuffed Cabbage
- 1 lb ground beef ground turkey or we prefer spicy ground sausage
- 5 large cabbage leaves or more depending on how many you want to make
- 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, can use spaghetti sauce instead
- 2 tbsp ketchup
- 1 1/2 tsp worchestshire sauce
- 2 tbsp honey
- Cook the ground beef, turkey, or sausage 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 mixture into cabbage pieces like a burrito folding sides in and securing with 2 toothpicks each.
- Put some of your tomato sauce on bottom of crockpot. Lay cabbage rolls down trying not to overlap them, and pour remaining sauce on top.
- Cook in your crockpot on high for 4-5 hrs. or low for 8-9 hrs.
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