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Crockpot Polish Cabbage Rolls Recipe (Golabki)

Crockpot Polish Cabbage Rolls – We’ve made a classic family-favorite stuffed cabbage rolls recipe even easier by using the slow cooker!

cabbage rolls recipe in the slow cooker

Classic Polish Cabbage Rolls

Does anyone else feel almost like you are time traveling when making traditional family recipes?

My hubby has Polish and Hungarian roots, so we like to experiment with recipes his grandparents passed down. Anytime we need a family hug in food form we turn to meals, like Rustic Hungarian Goulash, that are inspired by our ancestors’ recipes. There is something so comforting about making these dishes, as if we are actually connecting to the past as we cook.

This classic stuffed Polish Cabbage Rolls recipe offers the same nostalgic comfort from the old country. It features savory beef and pork sausage blended and wrapped together in tender cabbage leaves, all smothered with a tangy-sweet homemade tomato sauce. Every bite is warm and satisfying, with incredible layers of both familiar and exciting flavors.

And since cabbage rolls need to slowly cook to soften and stay moist, we figured – why not put them in the crockpot!? I think even great-grandma would be proud of our ingenuity that still honors the traditional basics of a beloved stuffed cabbage recipe.

crockpot stuffed cabbage rolls

What Ingredients Are In Stuffed Cabbage Rolls

For this traditional Polish recipe you’ll need one large savoy (or green) cabbage. Look for a cabbage that has fresh and perky leaves… Since they will be boiled and cooked for a long time you want sturdy leaves to work with, so try to avoid heads of cabbage that are on the verge of wilting.

To make the Savory Meat Filling you need:

  • Pork sausage
  • Ground Beef
  • Onion
  • Cooked rice
  • Egg
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • Italian seasoning

And for the Cabbage Rolls Tomato Sauce the following ingredients are needed:

  • Canned crushed tomatoes
  • Canned tomato sauce
  • Garlic
  • Brown sugar
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • Red wine vinegar
  • Hot sauceyour choice, depending on whether you like your stuffed cabbage mild or spicy
  • Italian seasoning

I also recommend garnishing the Crockpot-cooked Cabbage Rolls with a bit of fresh chopped parsley at the end.

trimmed head of cabbage

How To Make Stuffed Cabbage Rolls From Scratch

Making traditional Polish Cabbage Rolls is a labor of love, but is so worth every bit of effort. The result is a warm, comforting, zesty and savory dish that is rich with spice and deep earthy flavors.

Try this recipe for Sunday dinner or anytime the family is gathering around the table together for a hearty casual meal.

Of course, the best stuffed cabbage recipe starts with… Cabbage!

Step #1: Prep the Cabbage

Firstly, set a large pot of salted water over high heat, and bring to a boil. Meanwhile, use a paring knife to remove the core from the cabbage. Once the water is boiling, gently lower the cabbage into the boiling water. Boil for 2-3 minutes to soften the leaves. Then use tongs to carefully pull the cabbage out of the boiling water. Set the cabbage on a cutting board and let it cool for a minute. Gently pull the leaves off the cabbage, being careful to not tear them, and lay each leaf flat on the cutting board.

leaves on a cutting board

Step #2: Make the Filling

Next, set out a large mixing bowl. Add the pork sausage, ground beef, chopped onion, cooked rice, egg, Worcestershire sauce, and Italian seasoning.

ground sausage, beef, egg, and rice

Use your hands to mix the ingredients together until very smooth.

meat mixture in a bowl

Step #3: Make the Sauce

In another medium bowl, mix together the crushed tomatoes, tomato sauce, garlic, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, red wine vinegar, hot sauce, and Italian seasoning.

homemade tomato sauce for cabbage rolls

Step #4: Assemble the Crockpot Cabbage Rolls

Now, set our your slow cooker and coat the bottom of the crock with 1 cup of the tomato sauce.

Then, follow these easy steps for stuffing and rolling the perfect Cabbage Rolls every time:

  1. Working one at a time, scoop ¼ cup of the meat filling and place it on a cabbage leaf.
  2. Roll the cabbage leaf like a burrito, tucking the sides inward to enclose the filling.
  3. Place in the slow cooker, seam-side down

Repeat with the remaining leaves and meat filling. Stack the cabbage rolls if needed.

Get the Complete (Printable) Crockpot Polish Cabbage Rolls Recipe Below. Enjoy!

stuffed cabbages in a crockpot

Pour the remaining tomato sauce evenly over the cabbage rolls.

cabbage with tomato sauce

Cover the slow cooker and set on LOW for 7-9 hours, or on HIGH for 4-5 hours.

Polish stuffed cabbage rolls covered in tomato sauce

Serve warm, sprinkled with parsley.

the best crockpot polish cabbage rolls recipe

What Can I Serve With Polish Stuffed Cabbage Rolls?

Traditionally Cabbage Rolls are enjoyed over egg noodles or mashed potatoes.

For a lower-carb side dish, try serving stuffed cabbage with Creamy Cauliflower “Mashed” Potatoes.

However you choose to serve it, I hope that you will love this family recipe as much as we do. Smacznego!

crockpot cabbage rolls from scratch

How Long Will Slow Cooker Cabbage Rolls Keep Well?

This dish is certainly best when enjoyed fresh and hot. The longer it sits, the yummy flavors will get stronger but the cabbage will not keep very well. Therefore I recommend storing leftovers in an airtight container for only a day or two.

To reheat, transfer the stuffed cabbage to an oven-safe dish and bake at 350 degrees F for about 15-20 minutes, until just heated through.

Polish Cabbage Rolls do not freeze well.

stack of homemade polish stuffed cabbage rolls

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Crockpot Polish Cabbage Rolls Recipe (Golabki)

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 4 hours
Total Time: 4 hours 20 minutes
We've made a classic family-favorite stuffed cabbage rolls recipe even easier by using the slow cooker!
Servings: 18 rolls

Ingredients

  • 1 large savoy or green cabbage

For the Meat Filling –

For the Cabbage Roll Sauce –

Instructions

Prep the Cabbage:

  • Set a large pot of salted water over high heat. Bring to a boil. Meanwhile, use a paring knife to remove the core from the cabbage. Once the water is boiling, carefully lower the cabbage into the boiling water. Boil for 2-3 minutes to soften the leaves. Then use tongs to carefully pull the cabbage out of the boiling water. Set the cabbage on a cutting board. Then gently pull the leaves off the cabbage and lay them flat on the cutting board.

For the Filling:

  • Set out a large mixing bowl. Add the pork sausage, ground beef, chopped onion, cooked rice, egg, Worcestershire sauce, and Italian seasoning. Use your hands to mix the ingredients together until very smooth.

For the Sauce:

  • In another bowl, mix the crushed tomatoes, tomato sauce, garlic, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, red wine vinegar, hot sauce, and Italian seasoning.

To Assemble:

  • Set out a large 6-8 quart slow cooker. Pour 1 cup of sauce into the crockpot.
  • One at a time, scoop ¼ cup meat filling and place it on a cabbage leaf. Roll the cabbage leaf like a burrito, tucking the sides inward to enclose the filling. Place in the slow cooker, seam-side down. Repeat with the remaining leaves and meat filling. Stack the cabbage rolls if needed.
  • Pour the remaining sauce over the cabbage rolls. Cover the slow cooker and set of LOW for 7-9 hours, or on HIGH for 4-5 hours. Serve warm, sprinkled with parsley.

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Notes

Leftovers will keep well stored in an airtight container in the fridge for a day or two. I do not recommend freezing stuffed cabbage rolls.

Nutrition

Serving: 1roll, Calories: 171kcal, Carbohydrates: 14g, Protein: 8g, Fat: 10g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Cholesterol: 36mg, Sodium: 421mg, Potassium: 446mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 7g, Vitamin A: 286IU, Vitamin C: 26mg, Calcium: 60mg, Iron: 2mg
Course: Main, Main Course
Cuisine: Hungarian, Polish
Author: Sommer Collier

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5 comments on “Crockpot Polish Cabbage Rolls Recipe (Golabki)”

  1. Made these in the slow cooker for the first time. They were amazing.

  2. I have never used the curly cabbage until now and it was fantastic I will never go back to the regular green and the look so much nicer! thanks

  3. Such a comforting weekend dinner, we loved it!

  4. This was a huge hit at my house!! I will definitely make it again!

  5. oh my gosh, that was an amazing recipe!