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Stuffed Grape Leaves Made Easy

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You know by now that I am not crazy about vegan dishes, but when I make one I make a killer, and I’ve done that in this vegan version of Stuffed Grape Leaves.

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I understand the popularity of this side dish, I mean, who can resist the taste? The combination of ingredients is just perfect and the flavors coming from mint, parsley, tomato, potatoes, lemon, and olive oil just made this dish unique. Making these stuffed Grape leaves couldn’t be easier.

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The only step that takes time because you must repeat it is the filling and rolling of the grapes, oh and I should be honest here, there is another step that might make you impatient and it’s waiting for the stuffed grape leaves to cook.

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When you are, all done stuffing, rolling and cooking these stuffed grape leaves, you’ll realize that it was worth it. Stuffed grape leaves the vegan version, of course, is the most popular among people especially in the Middle East and it is lighter in calories too!

The recipe I’m sharing today is used in Lebanon, and I did mention before in many posts that Lebanese have a highly sophisticated taste in food. The list of appetizers from Lebanon alone can make you go, Gaga!

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Making Stuffed Grape Leaves.

Let’s start making some mouthwatering treat, but let me mention this first. The stuffed grape leaves need to cool down before transferring it to a serving plate, when hot it is fragile and will break easily.

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Ingredients

  • Use half the leaves in a jar
  • 1 ¼ cup Egyptian short grain rice
  • ½ cup lemon juice
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • 1/3 cup mint chopped
  • ½ cup parsley chopped
  • 1 large tomato peeled and finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper powder
  • ½ teaspoon allspice powder
  • **For the bottom of the pan place thick slices of potatoes.
  • ** 7 garlic cloves sliced in half to add on top of the stuffed grape leaves. optional

Instructions

  • Wash and soak the rice for 30 minutes.
  • Dip the leaves in hot water for one minute. Place the leaves on paper towel to remove excess water.
  • If the leaves are thick then add the leaves to a boiling water, let the leaves boil for three minutes.
  • In a bowl, add all the ingredients and let it set for 10 minutes.
  • Strain the mixture and keep the liquid aside to use later.
  • Place the leaves on a working surface. Let the rough side of the leaf face you. Cut the stem if there is any.
  • Depending on the size of the leaf, place 1 teaspoon of filling in the area above the stem. If the leaf is big you can place up to 1 full tablespoon.
  • Fold the lower right section of the leaf over the filling, do the same to the left section.
  • Fold the right section toward the center, do the same to the left section. Roll the leaf firmly toward the top.
  • Cover the bottom of the pan with thick slices of potatoes. Place the stuffed leaves on top of the potatoes seam side down. Distribute the garlic cloves on top the stuffed grape leaves.
  • When done, place a heat resistance plate that’s smaller than the pan on top of the leaves. Pour the liquid strained from the filling previously on the leaves. If the liquid doesn’t cover the plate then, pour enough room temperature water (make sure to season the water with salt) until the plate is covered with water.
  • Cover the pan and let it come to a boil. Let the mixture boil for 25 minutes. Reduce heat to the lowest and cook for two hours. Check every few minutes and if it needs more water add some but this time without seasoning it with salt.
  • Let the stuffed leaves cool completely before removing from the pan, if you removed the stuffed leaves while hot, it might break.
  • Place the stuffed leaves in an airtight container and store in the fridge.
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33 Comments

  1. This is so pretty! Leaves in a jar? Did you mean that you can get grape leaves packed in jars?

  2. I never would have thought about stuffing grape leaves before! This is very creative and looks super yummy!

  3. I have never actually had stuffed grape leaves before! I’ve always been curious about the dish and after reading this, I am drooling at how delicious they look and sound. Now, to find someone to make them for me 🙂

  4. Oh my goodness, I’ve never tried anything like this. It looks so amazing and delicious!

  5. Helene Cohen Bludman

    I love stuffed grape leaves and now reading your recipe I am definitely caving them.

  6. Claudia Krusch

    I have never tried stuffed grape leaves before. They look so delicious and easy to make. I will have to give this recipe a try this weekend.

  7. I was just talking to my vegan friend about options for food and this falls into my lap. ? I always wonder how many vegan options are out there and how savory they are. This is an interesting find to say the least!

    • munatycooking

      True, it is difficult to find a delicious vegan recipe out there, something that you can go crazy after and is unique.

  8. Sounds really delicious and healthy too!!

  9. This looks amazing. I must try this out.

  10. I absolutely love stuffed grape leaves! But it’s been a while since I last made them with a Greek friend. Your delicious recipe and gorgeous images are making me hungry! I need to make this traditional Lebanon version very soon. Thanks for sharing it. 🙂

  11. Stuffed vine leaves were one of my favourite things to eat as a kid. These photos brought back so many happy memories. Thank you for sharing this delicious recipe.

  12. Agentszerozerosetter

    Wow that dish is amazing! So creative and yummy, love it!

  13. This looks so good! I’ve never heard anything like this but I think I’d love to try it. Thanks for sharing this amazing and unique recipe with your readers.

  14. I love stuffed grape leaves and this vegan version looks so good. I love how fresh and flavoursome it looks! x

  15. I’ve never made anything like this before. I can imagine the lovely combination of flavors and I sure would love to make this! Perfect for the summer!

  16. Elizabeth O.

    I love that this is vegan, it’s perfect for my diet! It take a little bit of effort but with the taste, I’m sure it’s worth it. I’m keeping the recipe!

  17. When we went to Greece my husband could not eat enough of these! I wasn’t a huge fan because I’m not overly fond of vinegar, but when it’s scaled back they are really tasty!

  18. Stuffed grape leaves is a new concept for me! This is the first time I’ve heard of it! I’m not sure though if we have any preserved leaves in jars here in the Philippines.

  19. Never made these myself, always buy them at the store because I can’t find the main ingredient. Where do you get your leaves for this? I checked in so many stores and never found any. =(

  20. Assalamualaykum Muna…
    Love this stuffed grape leaves..always. İ learnt to make it from my mother in law and we harvest the young grape leaves from her balcony as well for making our sarma.
    Thx for sharing such a precious recipe.

    • munatycooking

      Wa alaikum assalam sister, I’m glad you liked my recipe, it is a light appetizer and very much addictive in my humble opinion!

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