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.
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!
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!
Who doesn’t want a giant Ukrainian dinner without having to spend a ridiculous amount of time making it? You can load all the ingredients into the slow cooker within 20 minutes, then go about your day. There is NO precooking required.
This should hold you over until the next Malanka (or your next big Ukrainian feast.) Fortunately, it was able to ease my son’s pain a little. Oh and it also makes a pretty good hangover remedy.
Ukrainian Daughter's Crock Pot Casserole
A huge Ukrainian meal in one pot, prepped in 20 minutes - the slow cooker does the cooking for you!
- 3 -4 cups chopped cabbage 1 very small cabbage
- 2 cup dry instant brown rice minute rice
- 2 cups water
- 1/3 cup tomato juice
- 2 10 oz cans tomato soup
- 2/3 cup real bacon bits
- 2/3 cup mustard
- 3 tsp horseradish
- 1/4 cup greek yogurt
- 750 g Ukrainian Kubassa ring casing removed
- 1 cup dry cottage cheese
- 1 ½ cup old light cheddar cheese
- 1 cup light sour cream
- 1 10 oz can cheddar soup
- 1 kg pkg hashbrowns frozen (about 5 cups) defrosted
- 1 tbsp dill
- 1 cup sauerkraut chopped
- 2 tbsp sauerkraut liquid from jar
- 1 small onion finely chopped
- ¼ cup butter salted
- 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 cans of tomato soup over cabbage, then pour on tomato juice.
Cut kubasa into circles (1/4 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.
**Note: This recipe is for a minimum 6 Qt. crock pot/ slowcooker
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