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Stuffed Grape Leaves

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Stuffed Grape leaves or Dolma is a family of stuffed vegetable dishes in Turkish cuisine and the cuisines of the former Ottoman Empire and surrounding regions, including, Albania, Azerbaijan, Armenia, the Levant, the Balkans, Greece, Iran and Central Asia. Perhaps the best-known is the stuffed grape leaf, which is more precisely called warak areesh, yaprak dolma or sarma. Common vegetables to stuff include zucchini, eggplant, tomato and pepper. The stuffing may include meat or not. Meat stuffed grape leaves or dolmas are generally served warm, often with sauce; meatless ones are generally served cold. Both can be eaten along with yogurt.
  Grape leaves in brine 1 Can (10 oz)
  Ground beef/Lamb 1 Pound
  Long grain rice 1 Cup (16 tbs), rinsed
  Butter 2 Tablespoon
  Garlic 1 Tablespoon, minced
  Salt 1 Teaspoon
  Black pepper powder 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Lemon juice 1 Cup (16 tbs)
  Flap steak 1 Pound (4 strips)

1. Rinse off grape leaves and then place in a boiling pot of water for 30-40 minutes then drain, rinse with cold water and let cool.
2. Line large pot with flap meat. Set aside.

3. In a large bowl mix together rise, ground meat, butter, salt and black pepper. Fold the sides and wrap the leaves.
4. Line rolls in the pot with flap meat and repeat layers until pot it filled 3/4 of the way.
5. Cover grapes leaves with a dish to keep them from moving and weight it down.
6. Pour water or beef broth to the edge of where the leaves end and add 1 tsp salt.
7. Cover pot with lid and cook on medium heat for 40 minutes.
8. Add lemon juice and cook for another 40 minutes on medium/low heat. Let stand for 15-20 minutes.

9. In a serving plate, serve the wraps with pita bread and yogurt.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
High Protein, Low Sugar
Preparation Time: 
30 Minutes
Cook Time: 
120 Minutes
Ready In: 
150 Minutes
Dolma/ Sarma
Here is video that displays an outstanding recipe for meat and rice stuffed grape leaves. The dish is nice, lemony and absolutely flavorful. The video shows the perfect art of making these classic meat stuffed grape leaves . Treat your friends to this delicious meat dish and surely they are going to ask for more!

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Nutrition Rank

Nutrition Facts

Serving size

Calories 580 Calories from Fat 312

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 35 g53.9%

Saturated Fat 14 g70%

Trans Fat 0 g

Cholesterol 104.6 mg34.9%

Sodium 1121.2 mg46.7%

Total Carbohydrates 35 g11.7%

Dietary Fiber 0.33 g1.3%

Sugars 1 g

Protein 30 g59.9%

Vitamin A 2.7% Vitamin C 32.6%

Calcium 2.7% Iron 12.8%

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet


foodpsychologist's picture
These Stuffed Grape Leaves look really yummy ! Tell me do these grape leaves have a sourish taste ?
shamima's picture
You are the best cooking expert . i am from Pakistan and love your shows. Many thanks
perceptiveeye's picture
lovely recipe!! the video says the recipe is very easy to prepare and I am dying to try this :))
healthyeating's picture
Lovely video! I am dying to try this...
Anonymous's picture
Hello! I have made your veg. stuffed grape leaves and they turned out great! Ever since living in the west bank as a small child it has been my absolute favorite food! My question is: can you use the vegetarian recipe and add a 1lb ground beef or lamb to it? or is it best to make both batches separately? Thanks for such detailed instructions on your recipes! Steph.
Stuffed Grape Leaves Recipe Video, Dolma/ Sarma