Golabki (or Golumpki as it's sometimes called in other parts of the world) is a traditional Polish dish that's often served at weddings, family reunions, and other big celebrations. Very similar to cabbage rolls, this dish traditionally takes large, blanched cabbage leaves as stuffs them with ground meat, onions, and garlic. Once stuffed and rolled, the cabbage leaves are then smothered in a tomato cream sauce, the unique difference between Polish Golabki and cabbage rolls in other areas.
Golabki is delicious, but there's really no denying that they're a ton of work. Blanching the cabbage can take quite some time, as can removing the tough stems and rolling each individual cabbage leaf. With this recipe, however, you get all of the great authentic Polish taste, without any of the hard work. And, because it all cooks away in the slow cooker, you don't even need to be home while it does. Just come home to a deliciously hearty, and extremely tasty, meal!
If you want to make these really traditional, blanch whole cabbage leaves and stuff with beef, rice, garlic, and onion. They can then be placed in the slow cooker and cooked the same way, with tomato sauce separating the layers.
Note: All slow cookers are a little bit different in temperature and calibration. This recipe was tested in Cooktop Cove's Test Kitchen using this slow cooker, which is available for purchase here.
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