Saturday 18 January 2014

Meatball and Cabbage Casserole (Lazy Man's Cabbage Rolls)

This is a great tasting recipe that you put together in the morning and let it tend itself until dinner time.
I like to serve this with mashed potatoes to drizzle with the remaining juices.

1 small head cabbage
3/4 cup GF instant rice
1/2 cup bell pepper, chopped
1/2 cup GF bread crumbs
1 egg
1 (40 gram) envelope GF onion soup mix
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 1/2 pound lean ground beef 
1 (28oz) can diced tomatoes
3 cups tomato juice
Pepper to taste

Place cabbage in a large pot and cover with water, bring to a boil over medium-high heat and continue boiling for 1 hour. (This step is to lessen the cook time in the crock-pot)
Remove cabbage from pot, allow it to cool, remove and discard the heart, chop the cabbage leaves.
Place half the chopped cabbage in the crock.
Mix the rice, bell pepper, bread crumbs, egg, onion soup mix and garlic powder  with the ground beef; shape into 12 meatballs and place on top of cabbage.
Pour the diced tomatoes over the meatballs and add pepper to taste.
Cover with the remaining cabbage and pour in the tomato juice.
Cover and cook on high for 5 to 6 hours or on low for 8 to 9 hours.


  1. Five stars! I used normal normal basmati rice because I didn't have instant, and as I used pointed cabbage (sweetheart cabbage) which is more tender and needs less cooking, I skipped the pre-cooking and just chopped it up and dumped everything into the crock and cooked on high for 5 hours. Absolutely perfect! Thanks so much for sharing. Made this for "For your Consideration Tag Game".

  2. I also used my slow cooker for this recipe and did not cook the cabbage ahead of time. Rough chopped the cabbage and layered 1/2 in the bottom of my crock that I had sprayed with Pam. Set the meatballs on top of the cabbage then added petite chopped tomatoes, other 1/2 of cabbage and V8 juice. Served with mashed potatoes and had leftovers to enjoy later in the week. Will be tucking this one away to be made again. Thanks Bea for sharing your recipe with us! Made and reviewed For Your Consideration recipe tag game.

  3. Oh my, this was so good! Made for the FYC Tag Game, I know we are in the minority, but DH & I think of cabbage as "comfort food" & this is 1 of the best ways we've found to indulge in cabbage comfort. Like the other reviewers, I skipped pre-cooking the cabbage & don't see it as really necessary unless the cabbage is tough as nails & your slow cooker is unusually SLOW. The only other chg I made was to add generous shots of garlic powder atop the loaded crockpot B4 cooking on the low setting. This was an easy-to-fix 1-dish meal for us & was paired w/baguette bread only. Thx for sharing this recipe w/us. :-)

  4. Delicious comfort food. I used my slow cooker for this dish and just cooked it on high for 4-5 hours. The only change I made was to omit the bell pepper (just our preference). Served this dish with some mashed potatoes. Made for the FYC tag game. Nancy : )

  5. This was a wonderful dish Bea. We enjoyed it very much. Full of flavor and lovely textures. 5 stars all the way. I omitted the green onion as I was out, but made as written. Perfect served with mashed potatoes as recommended. Thanks for sharing this lovely recipe with all of us. Made FYC Tag Game 2015. ...bk

    1. Thx for taking the time to comment, much appreciated.

  6. How many people does this serve?

    1. This will serve 4 healthy appetites if serve alone or 6 if serving with a side.

      Bea :-)


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