Cabbage Roll Recipes

August 17, 2005


  • 1 medium to large head of cabbage, (leaves loosened by placing in boiling water until pliable)
  • 1/2 - 1 lb. ground beef, browned
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  • 1 - 1 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. pepper
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1 large clove garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup uncooked, long-cooking rice
  • 1 beaten egg
  • 1 large can sauerkraut
  • 1 1/2 tsp. chili powder
  • 1 (30 oz.) can tomato sauce


Mix chili powder and 1/2 tsp. salt into tomato sauce and set aside.

Mix the beef, onion, garlic, egg, rice, remaining salt, pepper, and place about 1/4 cup of this mixture into the middle of cabbage leaves and roll into several bundles.

Layer in crock pot in this order: 1/3 sauerkraut, 1/3 sauce mixture, 1/2 cabbage bundles, repeat, ending with the last layer of sauerkraut and sauce on top.

I cook about an hour on high, to bring it to a simmer, and then about 4 to six on low, until the rice is done but not too mushy. This freezes very well. A nice accompaniment is mashed potatoes and tomato gravy and fresh or frozen corn.

By Margie M.

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These are incredibly yummy and easy to make.

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These are a great tasty dish! The tomatoes and sauce add to this recipe!

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Could someone give me a simple recipe for cabbage rolls. Thank you.

By Rosalie


March 13, 20100 found this helpful

Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour, 0 minutes
Ready In: 1 hour, 30 minutes
A classic Cajun dish that can be frozen. Prepare a large batch to be enjoyed over and over again.

1 pound ground beef 1/2 cup onions chopped
salt and pepper to taste 3/4 cup uncooked rice (more or less)
1 large head of cabbage 2 cans tomato sauce (8 oz)
2 cans water 1 1/2 tsp sugar

Cut and core the heart of the cabbage as far down as you can.

In a large pot, boil water and parboil the cabbage. As the cabbage gets softer, remove the leaves individually.
Combine the beef (ground pork could me mixed with beef), rice, onions and seasonings. Roll in to balls. Wrap the softened cabbage leaves around the mixture and fasten with toothpicks. (Note rice will cook and expand).

In a large pot, put 2 cans tomato sauce and 2 cans water (add enough water to mark just below the top of the rolls). Add salt and pepper and sugar. Cook over low heat for one hour. Good luck.

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March 13, 20100 found this helpful

In a large pot, boil water and parboil the cabbage. As the cabbage gets softer, remove the leaves individually.

Mix hamburger meat, sausage (I use 1 pound sausage to every two pounds hamburger ) minute rice chopped onions and seasonings to taste add some grated Parmesan cheese , roll in parboiled cabbage leaves put in sprayed 9x13 pan cover with tomato sauce seasoned with garlic and basil bake for about an hour sprinkle with more cheese and bake 30 more minutes till done, serve with corn and hot rolls. I did not put amounts of meat because i eyeball everything by the crowd I am serving but this is a family favorite at our house.

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March 13, 20101 found this helpful

It is important to use a better type of ground meat or it will be too greasy. I used to wait until round steak was on sale and have the butcher grind it up for me.

Cabbage rolls made the old fashioned way are very labor intensive. If you want an easier method, read the last part. One of the best restaurants in Tucson, AZ heard about my mother's cabbage rolls and asked her for the recipe.

1 1/2 -2 pounds ground steak
1 onion, chopped
1 cup rice, prepared
2-3 cans condensed tomato soup (seems to give a smoother taste than tomato sauce but it us up to you if you prefer to use sauce instead)
2 heads cabbage

Mix the meat, onions and rice together with salt and pepper as desired. Roll into large meatballs that are more of an oval shape.
Here is the hard part - to make a good cabbage roll you need to steam the outer leaves of the cabbage to make them pliable enough to roll. That is why you have two heads of cabbage so you can alternate between them. At the base of each leaf, slice the thick part so it is thinner. Place the meatball on the leaf near the stem end and start to roll it. Fold the sides of the leaf over and keep on rolling. The cabbage roll should be nice and snug. Do this for all the cabbage roll, Chop the remaining cabbage into large chunks.

Place the cabbage rolls in a Dutch oven or large casserole. Put the remaining cabbage chunks on top. Mix a little water with the tomato soup and pour over the cabbage rolls. Bake 375 for an hour, check for doneness with a meat thermometer.

Easier method: Make meatballs as before, cut cabbage into chunks. Cover the bottom of the casserole or Dutch oven with cabbage, put meatballs on top and completely cover them with more cabbage. Pour soup and bake as above.

In my family we use the tomato soup "gravy" from the finished dish as gravy on mashed potatoes. ALSO: Use this same recipe for stuffed peppers, the meatballs and the tomato soup. And, if not everyone likes to eat the peppers or you want a milder flavor, just stuff one or two peppers and put in with the plain meatballs and then pour the soup over them. This "gravy" is fantastic on mashed potatoes.

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March 14, 20100 found this helpful

I use 2 lbs.ground chuck
1 head of lettuce
1cup rice
2 cans roasted garlic diced tomatoes
Take all ingreients except cabbage and tomatoes and mix toether in a bowl. Form into balls. Take cabbage leaf and wrap around each ball.put about a cup of water in a saucepan and add rolled cabbage balls. Pour the 2 cans of tomatoes over top and fill 1 can with water and pour over top. Cover and bring to a boil. After it starts boiling turn down to simmer for about 45 mins. to an hour. Check often that it doesn't get dry.

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March 24, 20100 found this helpful

For a simple recipe, I use my meatloaf recipe to stuff the parboiled cabbage leaves. I usually don't use rice, but it can be used minutely and will absorb juices from the ground meat, then top with tomato sauce.

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July 4, 20100 found this helpful

Cabbage With Porcupine Ballz
Cabbage rolls without rolling the cabbage leaves.

1+1/2 lb, lean ground beef
2 finely diced onion
1+1/2 cups uncooked white rice, divided
1 small cabbage, 3/4"in. slices or diced
1 t. seasoned salt
1 t. Italian seasoning
1 can diced tomatoes with juice or more
1 can beef broth ; 14 - 16oz. or more

---Preheat the oven to 350*F.
Put the ground beef into a mixing bowl. Measure 3/4 cup of the rice plus 1/2 - 3/4 cup of finely diced onion and mix in with the meat.
Mix all together. Form this mixture into 12 or more golf ball-size balls.
---In a large casserole dish, spread 1/2 the cabbage to cover the bottom of casserole ; add the remaining rice, onion, salt, Italian seasoning, diced tomatoes & beef broth. Stir together.
Place and partially submerge the meatballs. Cover the meatballs with some of the cabbage.
Cover tightly with foil or lid & bake for about 35 minutes.
Remove from oven and stir. Cover and bake another 30 - 40 minutes.

The rice in meatballs will have puffed up & your meat-balls will look like, little porcupines!

Cooks Note:
Put oven mitts on when you remove the foil, the steam will be super hot!
Later, redskin

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November 13, 2013

I lost my sweet and sour cabbage rolls recipe. This baked recipe was given to me by my aunt 25 years ago. The cabbage was filled with ground beef and brown sugar was used to flavor the juice. Does anyone have a similar recipe?

By Sherrie K.


November 16, 20130 found this helpful

I have made sweet and sour cabbage using the beef with egg and uncooked rice. Then I roll it in soft cabbage (looks like a egg roll) For the juice I use tomato sauce and tomato paste with sweet and sour salt for taste. This was my great grandma's recipe. Good luck

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July 25, 20150 found this helpful

I had this at an elderly friends home years ago, and it was delicious! She gave me the recipe:


1 head Cabbage

Meat Filling:
3 lb. ground beef
2 eggs
3/4 C. rice, uncooked

Sweet/Sour Sauce:
1 32oz. can solid tomatoes
2 8oz.cans tomato sauce
1-2 cans water
2 T. lemon juice
1 C. brown sugar
salt and pepper

Boil cabbage about 5 minutes. Separate leaves
and fill with meat mixture. Secure with toothpick.
Place in pan. Top with sauce.
Bake 2 to 3 hours (uncovered last 1/2 hour).

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January 3, 2011

I am making stuffed cabbage rolls stuffed with chicken, rice, and celery. I want to bake the chicken and cook the cabbage leaves and rice in advance, first, and then stuff this mixture into the cabbage leaves, roll, and secure with a toothpick. If I do it this way, how long should I bake the rolls in the oven and at what temperature?

Thank you.



January 11, 20110 found this helpful

I am confused why you wouldn't just follow the particular recipe intructions you're using? If you don't have a particular recipe just scroll down here on this page and you'll find oodles of ideas and recipes and also Google 'cabbage roll recipes'. We could give you how long to bake but without knowing your recipe and amount of ingredients you could end up with a disaster if any of us simply gave you an estimate.

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July 20, 2017

Seasoned rice stuffed, rolled cabbage leaves baked in a tomato based sauce are a delicious main dish choice. This page contains a stuffed cabbage rolls (galumpkis) recipe.

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July 6, 2017

These delectable low carb cabbage rolls are sure to be hit with anyone who eats them. This page contains Italian sausage stuffed cabbage rolls recipe.

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