- Yield: 12
- Prep Time: 30 minutes
- Cook Time: 6h 00 min
Yeah, so... um... Oh. My. Gosh.
I never really gave much thought to cabbage rolls in my younger days (not that they are so far away, I suppose). But when I first moved away from home, a girl that I worked with brought one in for me to try, and I was in love! Sadly, it would be many years after that before I would have them again.
Thank God I had the good sense to marry a Ukrainian man! Every holiday or family get together has a big ol' pot of cabbage rolls, and it was an unspoken secret fight as to what side of the table would get to have the dish sit beside them. Honestly, I just started layering them onto the plate and hiding one or two extra under salad so that I didn't look like a complete hog. But - hey - don't judge! - at least I didn't have to wait for the dish to come around again! It's called forward thinking, people ;o)
But, alas, there are just not enough family get-togethers for me to get my fill each year. And despite how often I may have tried, I could never get them soft and delicious like my mother-in-law does... damn, that woman has magic cabbage roll hands.
Until this last visit... since they came to our house, I was SHOCKED (although I should have guessed) that she walked in with a slow cooker, of all things! Of COURSE that's how she gets them so melty in your mouthy! Well, that set the wheels to turning... and, my friends, we had rolls for dinner this past Sunday, and we'll have them, again, this coming weekend, I swear!
I now pass the torch to you. Go... live your life... and eat cabbage rolls. And you do it in your own home... that way you don't even have to hide them under salad (just sneak them before you even start to share!).
- For the Rolls
- cabbage - 6 large leaves, halved (or 12 small leaves)
- sticky rice - 1 cp, cooked
- egg - 1
- o% Greek yoghurt - 1/4 cp, plain
- onion - 1/4 cp, finely chopped
- garlic - 1 clove, coarsely chopped
- thick cut bacon - 3 pieces, diced small and cooked
- For the Sauce
- sea salt - 1 1/4 tsp
- group black pepper - 3/4 tsp
- garlic tomato sauce - 1.5 cp
- low sodium katchup - 2 tbs
- worchestershire sauce - 1 tsp
- paprika - 1 tsp
- lemon juice - 2 tbs
- organic honey - 2 tbs
- dried thyme - 1/2 tsp
- Remove the cabbage from it's bag, carefully separate 12 leaves and dip into a pot of boiling water for 3 minutes; use paper towel or a clean tea towel to pat dry. This will soften them and turn them a vibrant green.
- If your cabbage has thick firm veins, you can cut the veins out by using a pair of kitchen scissors and splitting the leaf in two right up the middle, removing the vein
- Mix together rice, egg, milk, onion, garlic and bacon in a bowl (it will be soft)
- In a separate bowl, mix together all sauce ingredients
- Place a leaf on your work surface, place a scoopful of rice blend into the cabbage, and roll from the bottom, trying to tuck in the sides along the way. It's ok if it's not perfectly rolled, as long as the rice doesn't fall out. You may even notice that some of your leaves may poke through - if you can still keep them together, put them in the pot with the rest! Leave no cabbage uneaten!
- Once all of the pieces are rolled (you may get more than twelve depending on the size of your leaves) and placed in the bottom of your slow cooker, cover them with the blended sauce.
- Cover and cook on low for 6 hours and test. Remember - all ingredients are pre-cooked so you are just wanting to get it slightly browned and to a melty in your mouthy consistency.
- Then... you've done it!! Eat eat eat - and try to remember to share (damn that sharing rule!)
If using this for a 21 Day Fix recipe, I split the whole thing into 2 portions - so 6 rolls each depending on how many you get (they aren't huge):
(Green = 2.75, Red = 0.75, Yellow = 0.75, Blue = 0.5, Orange = 0.5)
I am including the container values for my own reference (and anyone else wanting to do this)... but keep in mind, these are my recipes and not provided by or approved by or associated with, or anything else 'with', the 21 Day Fix. In fact, it may be a little generous at times, or ingredients may be different based on what we like to eat. It's meant to be a guide.