Crock Pot Stuffed Cabbage Rolls

cabbage rolls
Diana Rattray
Ratings (24)
  • Total: 8 hrs 25 mins
  • Prep: 25 mins
  • Cook: 8 hrs
  • Yield: 6 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
599 Calories
22g Fat
49g Carbs
51g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 6 servings
Amount per serving
Calories 599
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 22g 28%
Saturated Fat 8g 41%
Cholesterol 173mg 58%
Sodium 240mg 10%
Total Carbohydrate 49g 18%
Dietary Fiber 7g 26%
Protein 51g
Calcium 167mg 13%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

The filling for these slow cooker cabbage rolls is made with a savory mixture of ground beef, ground pork, a little bacon, and cooked rice. The tangy tomato sauce is perfect for this tasty cabbage dish. 

The cabbage rolls are cooked in the slow cooker. If you need a faster meal, simmer them on the stovetop for about 1 1/2 to 2 hours (see the tips).

Ingredients

  • 1 head of cabbage
  • 2 slices bacon
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 pound ground pork
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1 cup cooked rice
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 (15-ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar (packed)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce

Steps to Make It

  1. Place the head of cabbage in a microwave-safe dish. Microwave the cabbage on high for about 14 minutes. When the cabbage is cool enough to handle, peel off the leaves.

  2. Fry the salt pork or bacon pieces and set aside. 

  3. Combine beef, pork, egg, milk, onion, rice and seasonings; mix well. Place 1/4 cup meat mixture onto a cabbage leaf. Roll it up burrito-style and put into the crock pot (fasten with toothpicks if desired). Repeat with the remaining leaves and meat mixture.

  4. Combine tomato sauce, lemon juice, brown sugar, and Worcestershire sauce; pour over leaves. Add salt pork or bacon and drippings. Cook on low 7 to 9 hours, or on high for 4 to 5 hours.

Tips

To cook the dish on the stovetop, put the stuffed cabbage leaves in a stockpot or Dutch oven. Pour the sauce over the cabbage rolls and bring to a boil over medium heat. Reduce the heat to the lowest setting, cover the pan, and simmer for about 1 1/2 to 2 hours.

If you are starting with a fresh unfrozen head of cabbage, peel and drop cabbage leaves into boiling salted water; cover and cook for 3 minutes or just until pliable.