No need to be intimidated by those little ole cabbage rolls.
This is a crockpot creation, paleo friendly and gluten free recipe I suspect even those on the fence about cabbage will enjoy. (I admit I don’t necessarily covet cabbage except with corned beef for St. Patrick’s Day, but I make an exception for cabbage rolls.)
Fire up the crockpot, dive into rolling a few cabbage rolls and your efforts will be aptly rewarded.
This easy breezy recipe serves 6-8. Can be made in a slow cooker or adapted to the stovetop.
1 large head of green cabbage
1 lb ground beef
1 lb lean ground pork
1 tbsp coconut oil
½ white onion, diced finely
1-1/2 cups of rice (rice does not need to be precooked)
½ tsp garlic powder
½ tsp sea salt
1 tsp black pepper
8 oz crushed tomatoes
4 oz tomato paste
Directions Crockpot Cabbage Rolls
- In a large bowl, mix the beef, pork, garlic powder, salt and pepper.
- Put a large pot of water on the stove over high heat. To prepare the cabbage for rolling, lightly boil it whole and peel the leaves off a few at a time. Cut the core out of the cabbage and place in the pot. Bring to a boil and then reduce the heat to a simmer. As the leaves soften, you can peel them off with a spoon or pair of tongs.
- In a large skillet over medium-high heat, add a tablespoon of coconut oil , add the onion and sauté for 3 to 5 minutes until the onion is translucent.
Combine the onion and rice with the meat, and mix by hand to incorporate all the ingredients.
Take a cabbage leaf, concave side up with the stem toward you, and place a large spoonful of the meat mixture at the stem end.
Then roll forward, fold the sides in and end with the seam down.
Mix the crushed tomatoes and tomato sauce in a bowl. Put about 1 cup in the bottom of the slow cooker. Lay the cabbage rolls in with the seam side down. Cover with the remaining tomato mixture once the slow cooker is full.
Cook on low for 5 hours.
No need to be intimidated by rolling a cabbage roll, a little practice and you are good to go!
Veteran cabbage roll makers know that that cabbage rolls are also friendly as a freezer meal and one tip for slow cookers is to use a liner to make the clean up even quicker.