It was only the morning after and my son was already in mourning. I couldn't blame him; the day after Malanka is always a bit of a let down.
Not only does the next one feel like a really long way away, I was also feeling considerably hungover. My son loves Malanka more than anyone I know. But this year it was even more special for him than any other year.
So, on the heels of this wonderful celebration, with 11 long months 1 week and 4 days to go until the next Malanka, I wanted to drown our collective sorrows and capture a little of the spirit of that night with my Ukrainian Daughter's Crock Pot Casserole. This slow cooker casserole is a giant Ukrainian feast in one pot!
A shining light in the midst of one of the dreariest times of the year, a great big party with family and friends, beautiful dancing and an amazing Ukrainian feast of perogies, cabbage rolls and kubasa. This is our Malanka; our dance school's Ukrainian New Year's Celebration.
And this year, my son wasn't just a spectator - he got to dance at Malanka for the first time ever!
If you are looking for Ukrainian recipes, this Ukrainian slow cooker casserole is a huge Ukrainian meal in one pot, including kielbasa sausage, cabbage, rice and pierogi/perogy flavors.! Prepped in 20 minutes, the slow cooker does all the cooking for you! Who doesn't want a giant Ukrainian dinner without having to spend a ridiculous amount of time making it? There is NO precooking required!
If you are looking for Ukrainian dishes, give this crock pot casserole a try! It's about 4 different Ukrainian meals in one dish. But the best part is that it works so well together and tastes amazing! And it should because it took me many tries and many versions to perfect this recipe. It really was a labor of love....
It should hold you over until the next Malanka (or your next big Ukrainian feast) anyway. Fortunately, it was able to ease my son's pain, if only a little. Oh and it also makes a pretty good hangover remedy.
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Ukrainian Daughter's Slow Cooker Casserole
- 3 -4 cups chopped cabbage 1 very small cabbage
- 2 cup dry instant brown rice minute rice
- 2 cups water
- ⅓ cup tomato juice
- 2 10 oz cans tomato soup
- ⅔ cup real bacon bits
- ⅔ cup mustard
- 3 tsp horseradish
- ¼ cup greek yogurt
- 750 g Ukrainian Kubassa ring casing removed
- 1 kg pkg hashbrowns frozen (about 5 cups) defrosted
- 1 ½ cup old light cheddar cheese
- 1 cup light sour cream
- 1 cup dry cottage cheese
- 1 10 oz can cheddar soup
- 1 tbsp dill
- 1 cup sauerkraut chopped
- 1 small onion finely chopped
- ¼ cup butter salted
- 2 tbsp sauerkraut liquid from jar
- sour cream
- Spray crock pot with non-stick cooking spray. Pour 1 can of tomato soup into bottom of crock pot. Add 3-4 cups shredded cabbage on bottom of crock pot, then add dry rice.
- Pour 2 cups of water on top of rice, then sprinkle on ¼ cup of bacon bits.
- Evenly spread the other can of tomato soup over cabbage, then pour on tomato juice. Cut kubasa into circles (¼ inch) and spread evenly over cabbage roll layer.
- Mix mustard, horseradish and greek yogurt together and spread evenly over kubasa.
- In a large mixing bowl mix frozen hashbrowns, finely cut onion, dry cottage cheese, sauerkraut, sour cream, remaining bacon bits, cheddar cheese soup, dill, and the grated cheddar cheese. Then cut butter into very small pieces and mix in.
- Spread hashbrown mixture over top of kubasa. Sprinkle sauerkraut liquid over hashbrown mixture.
- Turn crock pot on low for 8-10 hour. It is ready when cabbage is tender and cooked through.
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