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Stuffed Grape Leaves
This recipe for Stuffed Grape Leaves is another one of my favorite popular Romanian recipes that I want to share with you. These grape leaves are stuffed with ground meat and rice, topped with a tomato sauce and baked to perfection.
- 1 large onion chopped
- 1/4 cup dill fresh, chopped
- 1 lbs ground pork
- 1 lb ground beef
- 3/4 cup rice long grain
- 3 tbsp vegetable oil
- 4 tbsp lemon juice
- 1 lb grape leaves (1 jar)
- 4 cups passata or tomato juice or sauce
- 1 tsp salt or to taste
- 1 tsp pepper or to taste
- 1/2 cup white wine such as Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio
Make your stuffing: Mix together onion, dill, ground meat, rice, vegetable oil and salt and pepper - with your clean hands!
Optional step: Soak your grape leaves in water for approximately 10 minutes OR to remove even more salt content from your grape leaves, you can boil them in a large pot for about a minute, then remove and let cool. Pat them dry a little bit with paper towels.
Roll grape leaves: Using a tablespoon, spoon your stuffing mixture onto your grape leaves and roll. I found the best way to roll was to roll the bottom up, fold in the sides, then continue rolling up. Repeat with remaining ingredients. Transfer the rolls to a large deep oven proof pan or ceramic casserole dish.
Make the sauce: In a large bowl combine, tomato passata, lemon juice, salt, pepper, and white wine then mix well.
Preheat oven: To 350 degrees. Pour the sauce over the rolls and cover dish with aluminum foil.
Bake: Transfer the pan to the oven and bake the rolls for 1.5 hours covered. Then remove aluminum foil and bake for another 1 hour. Serve hot topped with sour cream, yogurt or tzatziki.
- This recipe should yield about 40 to 45 stuffed grape leaves, depends on how big you make them.
Stuffed grape leaves will last in the fridge for up to 5 days. Drizzle the rolls with olive oil to prevent drying out, and store in an airtight container.
To freeze the grape leaves, again drizzled with olive oil, place together into a freezer bag or portioned into separate freezer bags, and they will last up to 6 months.
- Nutritional information is based on 1 stuffed grape leaf.
- Please keep in mind that nutritional information is a rough estimate and can vary greatly based on products used.
Serving: 1stuffed grape leaf | Calories: 100.58kcal | Carbohydrates: 6.35g | Protein: 4.96g | Fat: 6.14g | Saturated Fat: 2.69g | Cholesterol: 16.33mg | Sodium: 74.97mg | Potassium: 166.89mg | Fiber: 1.47g | Sugar: 1.81g | Vitamin A: 3254.44IU | Vitamin C: 6.97mg | Calcium: 49.48mg | Iron: 0.67mg