Southern Cabbage Rolls

Katrina Roubedeaux


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.


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30 Min
8 Hr
Slow Cooker Crock Pot


  • 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(s)
    tomato sauce (approximately 15-20 oz)
  • 3 can(s)
    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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About Southern Cabbage Rolls

Course/Dish: Beef
Main Ingredient: Beef
Regional Style: Southern

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