Sunday, January 27, 2013

Slow Cooker Stuffed Cabbage Rolls Ala Mamma - Guest Post from Mamma Maria's La Cucina

I've always made Cabbage Rolls just the way my grandma taught me, but thanks to Mamma Maria, I'm going to have to venture out!  These look absolutely delicious!!!!!

A little bit about Mamma Maria......At the age of 10, Maria began cooking with her father and quickly developed a love for it!  She enjoys mix-matching different spices and ingredients in different combinations to make unique tastes. Maria is a work at home mommy who LOVES to cook!  Lucky for us, Mamma Maria has agreed to share several of her slow cooker recipes with us over the next few months!  I'm excited to share the first one with you!

Once you make this, please come back and let me know how it was!  And go give her facebook page a "like" and let her know I sent you!!!! ;)

Slow Cooker Stuffed Cabbage Rolls Ala Mamma

1 Head of Cabbage, core cut out we prefer Savoy Cabbage 
1 package of ground turkey 
1 onion, chopped
2 carrots, shredded
2 stalks celery, shredded 
8ounces, mushrooms, chopped 
6 cloves garlic, chopped finely 
1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped finely 
2 cans of your favorite pasta sauce ( short cut method ) 
1-2 cups rice ( precooked ) 

seasonings I used : garlic powder, salt, pepper, red pepper flakes, basil, onion powder & oregano ( you may use what you want to suit your own taste ) 

Boil your water in a pot large enough to fit the head of cabbage, then start your ground turkey cooking in a large fry pan, about 3-4 minutes, when 1/2 way done add the garlic, onion, parsley and other veggies, & seasonings, cook approximately 5-7 minutes with the lid on over medium high heat. Stir well to blend all the flavors. 
Turn off the heat and mix in your rice. Cover and then drain your cabbage. ( This should only take about 10 minutes from start to finish) 

Remove the leaves, lay flat and scoop about 1 1/2 to 2 scoops of mixture in the middle of the leaves and fold. ( i fold sides in then roll to the end leaving the harder stem of the leaf on the outside * Set aside as you assemble the roll. Once done, then to your slow cooker add 1/2 can sauce, then later the cabbage leaves, you want to cross lay them so that they are easy to remove. Add the remaining sauce over top. 

Cover and cook on high for 4 hours or on low for 8 !!!! Serve with a side of ricotta cheese. * my choice for flavorful goodness ! Or just sprinkle some grated locatelli or parmesan cheese on top !!! 

Amazing flavor and deliciousness. 

Also if you choose to skip the rice you can use couscous or quinoa instead. Also you can use ground beef if you prefer. This is just our choice, cooking times will vary, so adjust accordingly when prepping the beef mixture. 

For the original recipe, with step-by-step pictures, please click here.

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