Stuffed cabbage is delicious. And it’s even a “traditional” Sukkot food (which I just learned).
But it takes for.ever to make. Clean, steam, trim, sautee, stuff, cook. Frankly, it’s way too labor-intensive for me.
But I so love the stuffed cabbage flavor that I decided to make Unstuffed Cabbage for dinner last Sunday night.
It was delicious, comforting and a real crowd pleaser. From ages six to sixty six, everyone who tried the unstuffed cabbage loved it!
And I loved how super duper easy this was to prepare. Just layer the ingredients in your slow cooker, turn it on low, and go about your day.
Sevenish hours later, you’ll have a perfect, steaming bowl of unstuffed cabbage. (Sorry I have no after pictures – it was already yomtov when this recipe was done.
Slow Cooker Unstuffed Cabbage
Serves 6-8 hungry people
- 2 pounds ground beef
- 2 T minced onion, or onion powder
- 3-4 minced garlic cloves, or a good shake of garlic powder
- 1 t ground coriander
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1 egg
- 1 medium green cabbage, cored and cut into large chunks
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 1 large can diced or crushed tomatoes
- 2 T tomato paste
- 3 T honey
- 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
- 1 cup chicken or beef broth (I used Osem pareve chicken soup mix, dissolved into one cup of boiling water)
In a large bowl, mix ground meat, onion, garlic, coriander, egg, and salt and pepper. In a glass measuring cup or bowl, mix tomatoes, tomato paste, honey and lemon juice.
In the slow cooker, layer half of the chopped cabbage. Top with coarsely chopped onions. Pour tomato mixture on top of the onions.
Roll out meatballs – about one-inch in diameter – and layer on top of the tomato mixture. I have a round crockpot, so my meatballs took up two levels – this is fine.
Top meatballs with the remaining cabbage, then pour chicken broth on top.
Turn slow cooker on low and cook for 7-8 ours. As it cooks, you may need to push down the cabbage so that it’s all submerged in the liquid.