My Own Famous Stuffed Grape Leaves

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These are grape leaves, stuffed with a tantalizing mixture of rice, fresh dill, mint and lemon. 'Yum' is the only one word to describe these. These can either be a main dish or an appetizer, depending on your appetite. Serve with good crusty bread and a Greek salad, if desired.

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Prep Time:
40 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs
Total Time:
1 hrs 40 mins
Servings:
12
Yield:
12 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 cups uncooked long-grain white rice

  • 1 large onion, chopped

  • ½ cup chopped fresh dill

  • ½ cup chopped fresh mint leaves

  • 2 quarts chicken broth

  • ¾ cup fresh lemon juice, divided

  • 60 grape leaves, drained and rinsed

  • hot water as needed

  • 1 cup olive oil

Directions

  1. In a large saucepan over medium-high heat, saute the rice, onion, dill, and mint for about 5 minutes, or until onion is soft. Pour in 1 quart of broth, reduce heat to low and simmer for another 10 to 15 minutes, or until rice is almost cooked. Stir in 1/2 of lemon juice and remove from heat.

  2. Take one leaf, shiny side down, and place 1 teaspoon of the rice mixture at the bottom (stem) end of the leaf. Fold both sides of the leaf towards the center, roll up from the broad bottom to the top, and place into a 4-quart pot. Repeat with all leaves, leaving no gaps as leaves are placed in pot (to prevent from opening while cooking). Sprinkle with remaining lemon juice and with olive oil.

  3. Pour chicken broth over all to cover grape leaves. Cover pot and simmer for about 1 hour (do not boil, because this will make the stuffing burst out of the leaves). Remove from heat, remove cover and let cool for 1/2 hour. Transfer to serving dish and serve.

Note

If using fresh grape leaves, plunge into a deep container of very hot water for about 10 seconds, to soften (don't let the leaves lose their fresh green color).

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

303 Calories
19g Fat
31g Carbs
4g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 303
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 19g 24%
Saturated Fat 3g 13%
Sodium 573mg 25%
Total Carbohydrate 31g 11%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 4g
Vitamin C 12mg 59%
Calcium 76mg 6%
Iron 2mg 11%
Potassium 88mg 2%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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