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Stuffed Grape Leaves (Sarmalute in foi de vita)

These Stuffed Grape Leaves known as "Sarmalute in foi de vita" in Romanian are one of my favorite Romanian recipes that work really well no matter the season.
Prep Time1 hr
Cook Time2 hrs 30 mins
Total Time3 hrs 30 mins
Course: Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine: Romanian
Keyword: stuffed grape leaves
Servings: 15
Calories: 267kcal
Author: Joanna Cismaru


  • 1 large onion chopped
  • 1/4 cup dill fresh, chopped
  • 2 lbs ground pork
  • 3/4 cup rice long grain
  • 3 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 4 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 lb grape leaves (1 jar)
  • 4 cups tomato juice
  • 1 tsp salt or to taste
  • 1 tsp pepper or to taste
  • 1/2 cup white wine


  • In a large bowl, combine the onion, dill, ground pork, rice, salt, pepper, and oil. Mix well using your clean hands.
  • Add water to a big pot along with 2 tbsp of the lemon juice and bring to a boil. Add the grape leaves and soak in the boiling water for about a minute, then take them out and let cool.
  • Roll the grape leaves with a tablespoon of the meat mixture in each roll. Continue until done.
  • In a big bowl, add tomato juice, lemon juice from one lemon, salt and pepper, white wine and mix well.
  • Preheat oven to 350 F degrees. Place the stuffed grape leaves in a big deep pan. Pour juice over stuffed grape leaves. Cover with aluminum foil.
  • Bake for one hour and a half covered, then remove aluminum foil and bake for another hour.
  • Serve hot with sour cream or yogurt.


Please keep in mind that nutritional information is a rough estimate and can vary greatly based on products used.


Calories: 267kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 44mg | Sodium: 200mg | Potassium: 445mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 8678IU | Vitamin C: 19mg | Calcium: 132mg | Iron: 2mg