Vegetarian Stuffed Grape Leaves (Dolmades Yalantzi)'s picture

Apr. 22, 2013

Stuffed Grape Leaves are a classic anchor to a Mediterranean Menu Dinner Party.


Canned grape leaves 16 Ounce , drained
For filliing
Extra virgin olive oil 6 Tablespoon
Scallions 4 , minced
Fresh mint 1/3 Cup (5.33 tbs) , minced
Fresh parsley 1/3 Cup (5.33 tbs) , minced
Garlic 3 Clove (15 gm) , peeled and minced
Arborio rice 1 Cup (16 tbs) , rinsed and drained
Water 2 Cup (32 tbs)
Sea salt 1 Teaspoon
Lemon zest 1/2 Teaspoon , grated



1. In a large bowl of cold water, place the grape leaves and soak for 5-10 minutes.

2. Drain and pat dry. Trim away any thick ribs. Stack the leaves shiny side down into piles. Set aside.


3. In a large sauté pan, heat olive oil over medium heat.

4. Add in the scallions, mint, and parsley; sauté for 2 minutes.

5. Add in the garlic and sauté for an additional 30 seconds.

6. Stir in the Arborio rice and stir-fry in the sautéed vegetables and herbs for 1 minute.

7. Pour in the water and season with salt, and lemon zest; stir to mix. Cover, reduce the heat to low and simmer for 10 minutes or until the rice has softened and plumped.

8. Remove the pan from heat, uncover and allow to cool.

9. When the rice has cooled enough to handle, spoon 2 teaspoons on each grape leaf; fold the sides of each leaf over the filling and roll it from the bottom to the top. Repeat with each leaf. Try to roll each leaf neatly so the stuffing doesn’t fall out.

10. Place the dolmades in a steamer and cover the pot and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 60 minutes.

11. Turn off the heat and let them rest for 10 minutes before serving.


12. Serve with Avgolemono Sauce.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: Medium
Cook Time: 70 Minutes
Ready In: 70 Minutes
Servings: 20

Nutrition Facts

Serving size

Calories 89Calories from Fat 45

 % Daily Value*

Total Fat 5 g7.7%

Saturated Fat %

Trans Fat 0 g


Sodium 725 mg30.21%

Total Carbohydrates 10 g3.3%

Dietary Fiber %


Protein 1 g2%

Vitamin A % Vitamin C %

Calcium % Iron %

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet