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southern cabbage rolls

a recipe by
Katrina Roubedeaux
Fresno, CA

Not sure where I originally learned this recipe, but I definitely put my own spin on it. This is a wonderful, easy, & tastes recipe. It can be made in large batches for parties or small batches for a family. Either way, these rolls are a crowd pleaser! If you do not like the spice of or have difficulties finding the Ro-tel, diced tomatoes can replace the Ro-tel.

serves 6-8
prep time 30 Min
cook time 8 Hr
method Slow Cooker Crock Pot

Ingredients For southern cabbage rolls

  • 2 lb
    hamburger or ground venison
  • 1/2 tsp
    salt and pepper
  • 1 tsp
    ground garlic with parsley
  • 1/2 c
    white rice
  • 1 can
    tomato sauce (approximately 15-20 oz)
  • 3 can
    ro-tel (original: small cans or 1 large can)
  • 1 tsp
  • 1
    head of cabbage
  • 1
    head of garlic

How To Make southern cabbage rolls

  • 1
    In a large pot, bring approximately 3 quarts of water to a boil.
  • 2
    Gently cut into the root of the cabbage to allow the leave to come off easily.
  • 3
    Place the head of cabbage into the boiling water. Occasionally turn the cabbage over to soften all sides.
  • 4
    While the cabbage leaves are softening, prepare the meat mixture. Still keep an eye on the cabbage.
  • 5
    In a large bowl, mix the meat, salt, pepper, ground garlic, and rice thoroughly. Set aside.
  • 6
    As the cabbage softens, gently pull cabbage leaves off the head (without tearing them if possible). Please the leaves on a plate or dish.
  • 7
    Stuff the cabbage leaves with about 2 tablespoons of meat mixture. To do this, place a scoop of meat in the center of the leaves. Fold all 4 side over and place the roll, folded end side down, in a crock pot.
  • 8
    Working in layers of, rolls, a portion of the tomato sauce, and a can of Ro-tel, fill up the crock pot. This should make approximately 3 layers (10 rolls or so).
  • 9
    Sprinkle the top layer with the sugar. Cut the head of garlic in half and set in the center. Cover the pot and cook for 8 hours on high or 12 on low.
  • 10
    Remove the garlic head and serve the roll with/over rice.

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