This Stuffed Grape Leaves Recipe is perfect for Spring and Summer; enjoy them at picnics, a party or a family gathering. They are stuffed with cooked rice, dill, mint with fresh squeezed lemon juice and then wrapped in delicious grape leaves. (serve hot or cold, meat and vegan option)
Stuffed Grape Leaves Recipe
Hi Everyone! I love Stuffed Grape Leaves so, so much. Let me tell you why…when I was little my parents used to get take out from a place called “Bishop’s” in Lawrence, MA and they had this “Mediterranean Platter” on their menu. It had a little bit of everything and it ALL tasted so good. That was my first introduction to Stuffed Grape Leaves. In later years, I had homemade ones at a BBQ party and those were amazing too. This is a recipe that really sings when they are handmade at home. In recent years, whenever I crave them, I would just get them from the grocery store near the deli or produce section and they were okay but I always remember how good those homemade ones tasted.
Recently, I was craving these again since they are so great Spring and Summer with their fresh flavors of dill, mint and lemon – not to mention, the grape leaves themselves, so I decided it’s time to teach myself how to make this food I love so much.
You will find that these are more juicy and tender than store bought stuffed grape leaves. I could seriously sit and eat an entire plateful, they are that yummy. They are so light and fresh and the tart of the lemon, dill and grape leaves makes you pucker a little and just has you craving more.
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The jarred grape leaves brand that I like for making this recipe is called “Bella Famiglia Mediterranean Grape Leaves” (net wt. 9.9 oz/280g, drained wt. 7.7 oz/220 g). I find the leaves to be pretty even and great quality compared to other brands I have tried.
These Stuffed Grape Leaves do not have meat in them but you can easily add meat to this recipe. You could just cook the meat separately and mix it into the rice. I give that option in the printable recipe card below.
I also mention in the recipe card that I enhance the flavor with a chicken bouillon paste, this is the one I use: Reduced Sodium Better than Bouillon Chicken Base, this is ALWAYS in our refrigerator!
When I first started testing this recipe, I was like, where in the world am I going to find the grape leaves to make Stuffed Grape Leaves? Turns out, most grocery stores will sell them in the pickle aisle or you might be able to sell them in a specialty store. I found a 9 ounce jar at my local grocery store and I was able to make 60-80 stuffed grape leaves. The leaves will vary in size and some might be ripped, so you can double those up. The varying sizes of leaves also makes this recipe yield a different range for the total amount. You will see in the pictures that they can really vary in size depending on the leaf size.
I’m super excited because my Father-in-Law Michel said that I can harvest some fresh grape leaves from his grape vines. Springtime when the leaves are young and tender is the best time to pick them and they should be of a certain size, so that you are not taking leaves that are too young. So perhaps I will be posting about that in the future, stay tuned!
If you love fresh, Mediterranean food with lemon, you will love this Stuffed Grape Leaves Recipe!
We like Reduced Sodium Better than Bouillon Chicken Base, this is ALWAYS in our refrigerator! As an Amazon Associate and member of other affiliate programs, I earn from qualifying purchases.
Rice Stuffing for Grape Leaves
Optional Meat Option
For Cooking Stuffed Grape Leaves
Rice Stuffing for Grape Leaves
Stuffing the Grape Leaves
Cooking the Stuffed Grape Leaves
Nutrition Information:Yield: 60
Serving Size: 5
Amount Per Serving:Calories: 46 Total Fat: 2g Saturated Fat: 1g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 1g Cholesterol: 10mg Sodium: 213mg Carbohydrates: 3g Fiber: 1g Sugar: 1g Protein: 3g
We like Reduced Sodium Better than Bouillon Chicken Base, this is ALWAYS in our refrigerator!
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Have you ever tried Stuffed Grape Leaves? Please let me know in the comments below! Best, ~Sara
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