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World's Greatest Grape Leaves (Armenian)

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"This recipe has been passed down for generations direct from Armenia. This is easy to prepare and all ingredients can be found at any major grocery store."
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Ingredients

2 h 11 m servings 365
Original recipe yields 8 servings

Directions

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  1. Place rice in a bowl with water to cover; soak for about 1 hour. Drain.
  2. Combine lamb, 1 can mushroom soup, 1 can tomatoes, red bell peppers, rice, onion, lemon juice, lime juice, garlic, salt, and pepper in a bowl. Mix the filling together with clean hands.
  3. Line the bottom of a 4-quart pot with a single layer of grape leaves.
  4. Place the remaining grape leaves on a flat work surface with smooth side down (ribs of leaves up). Place a rounded tablespoon of filling in the center of each grape leaf. Fold bottom sections of leaf over mixture, fold over sides, and roll toward the top of the leaf into a firm cylinder. Pack stuffed grape leaves tightly in the pot. Pour the remaining 2 cans mushroom soup, 1 can tomatoes, and any remaining filling mixture on top. Cover with a small plate to hold the leaves together.
  5. Cook, covered, on low, until rice is tender and lamb is no longer pink, about 1 hour. Remove from heat; let stand for 20 minutes.

Footnotes

  • Cook's Notes:
  • Red or green bell peppers may be used.
  • You may substitute ground beef for the ground lamb, if you prefer. While checking for doneness keep in mind meat will look red due to the tomatoes.
  • You can also cook this in a slow cooker on Low for 5 hours. No plate needed to hold down the leaves.

Nutrition Facts


Per Serving: 365 calories; 15.5 41.9 16.1 38 1827 Full nutrition

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