Cabbage rolls! YUM!
10-12 cabbage leaves
1 pound ground beef
1 pound spicy pork sausage (or italian sausage)
1 large egg
Spices as you wish (I like thyme/fennel/oregano/salt/pepper/red pepper flakes)
2 tbs tomato paste mixed with 1/4 cup of water, or about 1/2 cup of marinara sauce ( I make my own and keep a bunch in the freezer)
-- Set large pot of water to boil. Blanch cabbage leaves for 5 minutes so they are soft and easy to roll. Sometimes they're a pain to peel off of the head, so I'll drop the whole head of cabbage into the boiling water for 5 minutes, which makes it much easier to deal with. The inner leaves may not get soft enough, however, and will have to go back in the boiling water for a few minutes once you get the outer leaves off. Peel 10-12 leaves off the head.
-- Mix meats, egg, and spices in a bowl
-- Form big-ish oblong meatballs, set one in a cabbage leaf, fold the leaf sides in, then roll up.
-- Pack the rolls in the crock pot as you go, my 4 quart crock pot holds about 14 max.
-- Put tomato paste/marinara sauce on top of the cabbage rolls, then set on low for 10 hours.
Best dinner and leftovers ever