Crockpots Can Be Cool with Stuffed Cabbage Rolls

Do crockpots make you think of that guy up there?

People often scoff at the idea of crockpots, the lazy alternative, and they kind of make you think of your Aunt Mildred. While this is true, crockpots are seriously amazing. I remember when I first got one, I was so excited it was embarrassing. I was so thrilled when a dish was done so I could start a new pot. I considered getting one or two more so I could keep my experiments going. I dove through my fridge and grabbed almost everything and tossed it in my crockpot, set it to low, dipped out for the day, and came back to the tastiest vegetable stew I've ever made. The best part is when you open your door and start walking up the stairs and the smell of your place fills your nose. For a second I was like, do I have a stay at home husband who cooks and cleans for me all day? If only crockpots could clean my house too. Well here is one of my favorite crock pot recipes - stuffed cabbage rolls. Out of all the crockpot recipes I make, this one probably takes the most time to prep and thats only about 15 minutes, so... get on the crockpot train FOR REAL. My first crockpot was dug out at yard sale, much like the one from that 80s commercial, but then I upgraded to this one because I started to think my dishes kind of tasted like an attic. 

Stuffed Cabbage Rolls with Chunky Tomato Sauce

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Make Em ~

  1. Boil a salted pot of water. Meanwhile tear the cabbage leaves apart. Once boiled - add the leaves to the boiled pot, turn it down to medium low and cook for 3 minutes or so. This will soften the leaves, making it easier to wrap around the mixture. 
  2. Blend the celery, parsley, garlic, and onion in a food processor. 
  3. Toss this mixture in a bowl and add remaining ingredients. Mix well.
  4. Carefully remove the cabbage leaves from the pot. They should be soft enough to work with. Put them on a surface, take a big spoonful of the mixture and place it on the leaf. Wrap the cabbage leaves like a burrito! Don't worry about them being perfectly wrapped, they'll stay together better than you think they will in the crockpot. 
  5. Now for the tomato sauce, easy peezy. Start with sautéing the onion at medium for a couple minutes, then add the garlic. A couple minutes later add the fresh chopped tomato and can of crushed tomatoes. Add the red pepper flakes, salt & pepper and simmer for a couple minutes. 
  6. Place the cabbage rolls in your crockpot, then pour the tomato sauce on top. 
  7. Put on low for 5-6 hours or on high for 7-8 hours.
  8. Eat em! 

What You Need ~

cabbage rolls

  • lb ground beef
  • lb ground pork
  • 1 egg
  • 2 stalks celery
  • 5 garlic cloves
  • a handful of fresh parsley
  • 1/2 cup uncooked rice (you can substitute this with whatever grain you like)
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 2 tsp or so of salt & pepper
  • 1 large head of cabbage 

chunky tomato sauce

  • 1 onion
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 3 - 4 tomatoes chopped
  • a pinch of red pepper flakes
  • 1 16 oz can of crushed tomatoes
  • salt & pepper to taste
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