Lazy Cabbage Rolls – Lazy Golubtsi


This is another variation of cabbage rolls recipe that is also popular in Ukraine and Russia.

I do this mostly when I have leftovers of cooked cabbage leaves that are too small or overcooked and not good for the rolls wrapping.


  • Ground meat – 1 lb (450 g) – pork is my favorite
  • Cabbage  –  1 medium size
  • Carrots   –   3 medium size
  • Onion   –   1  medium or large size
  • White rice – 2 cups
  • Olive oil or coconut oil   –  4+ tbsp for sauteing
  • Olive oil or vegetable oil – 2+ tbsp for rice cooking
  • Butter – 1 tbsp
  • Sour cream – 1.5 tbsp  plus for serving
  • Mayonnaise – 1.5 tbsp
  • Sea salt – 1 tsp for rice cooking
  • Sea salt – 0.5 tbsp for stuffing
  • Ground pepper – 0.5 tsp
  • Adobo Goya seasoning (or similar) – 0.5 tsp (optional)
  • Bay leaves



Cut the cooked cabbage leaves for smaller pieces (not too small).

In a big bowl, combine the stuffing and cabbage leaves.   Mix well. If you are using the leftovers from the regular cabbage roll recipe, you may add a part of the onion-carrot mix into it, but this is optional.


You may put the mix into a slow cooking pan or any other regular pot.  The lazy cabbage rolls can be cooked in the oven 350° F or in a slow cooker.  The approximate cooking time in the oven would be 1 – 1.5 hr or until it’s ready.  For a slow cooker the cooking time may be longer; start on high heat for about 30 min then reduce for low heat, keep it for another 1 – 1.5 hr or until it’s ready.

Cook covered with a lid.


Serve hot as a separate dish.

Garnish with sour cream if desired.

Get a Cabbage Rolls from scratch cookbook here