Friday, December 3, 2010

Cabbage Rolls

I thought I'd post this recipe, not because I particularly think Dad or Rob will love it, or John for that matter, but it's good, and worth having on hand. It will most definitely be a meal for us next week. Yum!

-1 head of cabbage
-1 egg
-1 8oz can tomato sauce
-1/2 cup uncooked brown rice
-1 envelope onion soup mix
-1 lb lean ground turkey
-1/3 cup shredded parmesan cheese
-2 cups**(see note below) regular V8 juice

-core your cabbage, and save it for the guinea pigs.
-very carefully, peel off large cabbage leaves (8-12) and wash them. You need to lightly steam the cabbage leaves to wilt them enough to handle. I put the leaves in a covered casserole dish and microwaved on high for 2 minutes. They were perfect.
-in a mixing bowl, combine the turkey meat, raw rice, the egg, the onion soup mix, the cheese, and the can of tomato sauce. Mix well---the mixture will be like very gloppy meatloaf.
-Using a spoon, scoop about 1/3 of a cup of mixture into each cabbage leaf and roll or fold. Put the stuffed cabbage leaves into the bottom of your crockpot, seam side down.
If your cabbage has a bunch of nice leaves, use them all. I was stuck with only 8 good ones, and got frustrated and fed the rest of the cabbage to the guinea pigs.
It's okay to stack the rolls on top of each other in the crock.
**Top with 2 cups of V8 Juice. I used 2 cups of juice because I made 8 rolls. If you are using more rolls, use another cup of juice. The original recipe called for an entire 46 oz bottle of V8 which is an awful lot. I didn't want to use that much, and did not fully submerge my cabbage rolls. They steamed and cooked fine in less juice.
Cover crock and cook on low for 6-8 hours. Ours cooked for exactly 6 hours, and the meat was cooked and the rice was tender. That's what you're looking for.


  1. I made these on Sunday. I L-O-V-E them! I also added "broccoli slaw" to the meat mixture, to add more vegetables to the mix. And I also add a little more cheese than it calls for. AND, I also add more than 2 cups of V8 juice in the crockpot, so that it makes more "sauce" to add to the mashed potatoes that you must eat them with! They are so delicious!

  2. After I've made these a billion times over the years, Isaac informed me he doesn't like them. Something about the cabbage texture on the outside of the meat. So, I made a deconstructed version tonight (in a pan), and thinly sliced the cabbage into it and added half a bag of broccoli slaw. It was awesome. Paige inhaled it. Marin... well, she at least at the mashed potatoes. And Isaac admitted it was better this way.