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Stuffed Grape Leaves Recipe

This recipe is a famous dish from the regions of Greece, Turkey, Lebanon and the middle east.
This traditional Mediterranean food includes lamb-and-rice stuffed grape leaves that are fragrant with mint, marjoram, cinnamon, cumin, and allspice.
it can be Served with lemon wedges and plain yogurt for dipping.



It may sound weird to stuffed plant leaves, but believe me, this one deserves to give it a try, also it is kind of a little bit difficult for a newbie person, but as an everyday cooker, it sounds easy because it takes time to roll the leaves.

I made about 150 fingers of grape leaves LOL.

Once I start to eat I can’t stop.

Anyway, This is my own recipe in my own way, you’ll find many other ways of making these grape leaves, with different fillings. I hope you’ll like my way.


Stuffed Grape Leaves

Yield:  grape leaves
Prep time:  60 mins
Cooking time:  55 mins


1 kg of grape leaves

For filling:
1 1/2 cup short-grain rice
200g minced lamb meat
1/2 cup fresh parsley finely chopped
2 tbsp finely chopped mint
1 tbsp olive oil
1 small onion finely chopped
1 tbsp tomato paste
1/4 tsp black pepper
salt, to taste
1/2 tsp cinnamon

For Sauce:
6 Cups of water
3 tbsp tomato paste (optional)
1/4 cup lemon juice
1 medium onion
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp black pepper
1 tbsp olive oil

The way:

In a large saucepan bring water to boil, cook the grape leaves in a boiling water for a minute until changing color.
Drain the leaves in a colander.

In a bowl wash and soak rice for 20 minutes, drain. Into the rice, add the lamb meat, parsley, mint, all the mentioned ingredients, mix until well combined.

Take a leaf of grape and place the filling and follow the steps in the photo below.


In a large saucepan, place 3 leaves at the bottom and rows the wrapped leaves.


To prepare the sauce: in another saucepan bring the 6 cups of water to boil, add the lemon, tomato paste, spices, oil, and onion. Boil for 5 minutes. Pour the sauce gently on the rows of grape leaves until cover.

Take a plate and place it upside down on top of the leaves, cook for two minutes on a high heat then reduce heat to medium.
Cook at a medium heat for about 45-55 minutes until well cooked.

Remove the plate and serve the grape leaves.



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