Old World Cabbage Rolls

Old World Cabbage Rolls

If you're looking to make an authentic Eastern European style meal but are cooking on a budget, this Old World Cabbage Rolls recipe is for you. With low-cost ingredients and a simple preparation, this cabbage roll recipe is one you'll make for dinner again and again. Best of all, this is one of those easy cabbage recipes that cooks all day in the slow cooker so you can go about your business and then come home to a hearty and delicious dinner.

Cooking Time8 hr

Cooking MethodSlow Cooker


  • 1 head cabbage
  • 1 1/2 pound ground beef
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 cup rice
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 2 cups sauerkraut
  • 2 tablespoons tomato sauce
  • 1 cup sour cream


  1. Core cabbage and place in large bowl. Cover cabbage with boiling water and let stand five minutes. If cabbage is very large, repeat this process after you've stuffed half of the leaves.
  2. Combine meat, onion, rice, egg, salt, pepper and paprika.
  3. Drain cabbage and remove leaves, cutting off the thick end of the stem.
  4. Put about two tablespoons of filling on a leaf. Fold sides in and roll.
  5. Place cabbage seam side down in a slow cooker. Spread sauerkraut on top. Add tomato sauce and water.
  6. Cook on low six to eight hours.
  7. Remove rolls, blend sour cream with sauce and serve with cabbage rolls.



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I have made cabbage rolls and FINALLY perfected them and appreciate the shortcuts cuts but #1 I feel that if you parboiled the rice before mixing with the meat mixture they would cook better. Also using a meatloaf mixture of meat and adding a creole seasoning such as Emeril's will add a little "kick" making it more flavorful.


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