SLOW COOKER CABBAGE ROLLS

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Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 7 hours

Total Time: 7 hours, 30 minutes

Yield: 12
INGREDIENTS
•1 large head cabbage

•1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce

•3/4 cup quick-cooking rice

•1/2 cup chopped green pepper

•1/2 cup crushed saltines (about 15 crackers)

•1 egg, lightly beaten •1 ounce onion soup mix

•1-1/2 pounds lean ground beef (90% lean)

•1 can (46 ounces) V8 juice

•Salt to taste

•Grated Parmesan cheese, optional

HOW TO MAKE IT:
DIRECTIONS:
•Cook cabbage in boiling water just until leaves fall off head. Set aside 12 large leaves for rolls; drain well. (Refrigerate remaining cabbage for another use.) Cut out the thick vein from the bottom of each reserved leaf, making a V-shaped cut; set aside.
•In a large bowl, combine the tomato sauce, rice, green pepper, cracker crumbs, egg and soup mix.

Crumble beef over mixture and mix well.

•Place about 1/3 cup meat mixture on each cabbage leaf; overlap cut ends of leaf. Fold in sides, beginning from the cut end. Roll up completely to enclose filling. Secure with toothpicks if desired.

•Place cabbage rolls in a 3-qt. slow cooker. Pour V8 juice over rolls. Cover and cook on low for 6-7 hours or until filling reaches 160°.

Just before serving, sprinkle with salt and cheese if desired.