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Slow Cooker Recipe for Golumpki Stuffed Cabbage Rolls

Reader Recipe: Stuffed Cabbage Rolls

According to TeamSugar member mellie_608, it's debatable whether these golumpki are Swedish or Polish, but what can be agreed upon is that these stuffed cabbage rolls — seasoned with tomatoes, lemon, Worcestershire sauce, and a tad of brown sugar for sweetness — are incredibly juicy and tender.

Golumpki - Stuffed Cabbage Rolls

Golumpki - Stuffed Cabbage Rolls

Golumpki - Stuffed Cabbage Rolls


  1. 12 large cabbage leaves
  2. 1 egg, beaten
  3. 1/4 cup milk
  4. 1/4 cup finely chopped onion
  5. 1 tsp. salt
  6. 1/4 tsp. pepper
  7. 1 lb. ground beef, browned and drained
  8. 1 cup cooked rice
  9. 8-oz. can tomato sauce
  10. 1 Tbsp. brown sugar
  11. 1 Tbsp. lemon juice
  12. 1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce


Immerse cabbage leaves in boiling water for about 3 minutes or until limp. Drain.

Combine egg, milk, onions, salt, pepper, beef and rice. Place about 1/4 cup mixture into the center of each leaf. Fold in the sides and roll ends over the meat. Place in slow cooker.

Combine tomato sauce, brown sugar, lemon juice, and Worcestershire sauce. Pour over the cabbage rolls.

*If you like more sauce I would recommend doubling the sauce, which is what I did this time and it turned out great.

Cover. Cook on low 6-8 hours.

Serves 6.

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northen123 northen123 6 years
I was basically going to type everything that Little Pepper wrote :)
Little-Pepper Little-Pepper 8 years
it's DELICIOUS! it's called GOLABKI in Polish and it means 'pigeons' actually. No idea why we call it that way. I know this dish is everywhere in eastern europe, in Lithuania, Ukraine and Belarus, there are just slight variations if it comes to the sauce/stuffing, this one is def. Polish =)
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
Not for me...but sounds nice.
Seka21 Seka21 8 years
Its called from Croatia and Serbia!!!!
busybeegal busybeegal 8 years
I'm part Swedish, we call these Kaldolmer - sometimes they have pork in with the beef, sometimes even potato. Looks like they're a Euro favorite!
syako syako 8 years
I was about to say, I'd call them Ukrainian! :D I'll definitely make them for my husband, he loves these!
Bearsy123 Bearsy123 8 years
High five luvable0705! Sarma rocks. I make them myself at home, matter of fact I've just been spurred on to make them this weekend.
tvjunkie45 tvjunkie45 8 years
My family is Polish/Ukrainian, we call them Holubtsi and use bacon instead of beef and no lemon juice.
luvable0705 luvable0705 8 years
Bearsy, I'm Macedonian and we also call these sarma and omit the lemon! I love these and my baba makes them so yummy. I want to learn to make them myself.
Bearsy123 Bearsy123 8 years
I'm Croatian and our version of these is called sarma. I grew up on this stuff and love it! We never put lemon in it though. We did change it up and added parsley and bacon. My baba also puts bacon bones into the tomato sauce mix when cooking. Mmmm....divine
wren1 wren1 8 years
I'm going to get the ingredients for this tonight and make it tomorrow.
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