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stacked grape leaves

How To Make Stuffed Grape Leaves

Ideal for entertaining or simply snacking on at home, a tasty surprise awaits you inside these authentic Stuffed Grape Leaves (dolmas).
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Middle Eastern, Turkish
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 4 People


  • Jar Grape Leave
  • Casserole
  • Small Pan


  • 1 Jar Grape Leaves About 1 Lb.
  • Cup Diced Onions
  • 1 ½ Cup Rice We used Jasmine Rice
  • Cup Pine Nuts Optional
  • ½ teaspoon Black Pepper Fresh ground
  • 2 tablespoon Chopped Fresh Mint
  • 1 ½ teaspoon Kosher Salt Or to taste
  • 2 tablespoon Olive Oil
  • 2 ½ Cup Water Divided: 1 ½ To cook the rice (Or vegetable stock for extra flavor). 1 Cup to cook the leaves
  • 1 Lemon Sliced


  • To begin, wash the rice until the water runs clear, drain and set aside. In a saucepan add the olive oil. Then add the diced onions and cook for about 30 seconds. Next, add in the rice.
    Then add in the fresh chopped mint, black pepper, red pepper flakes, and salt (we used Kosher salt), and the pine nuts if using. Stir to combine then add the water. If you don’t want to use water, you may also use vegetable stock for extra flavor.
    Cover and cook on medium heat until soft. Fluff when done cooking.
  • Remove the rice from the pan and transfer on a plate. Set aside to cool.
    Working with one leaf at a time, add the dessert spoon size of the rice almost to the edge of the leaf. This will allow you to tightly roll the leaf and rice like a wrap.
    To roll: Start with one side by folding it over the rice, then repeat with the next side. Then from the edge closes to you, roll upwards tightly and keeping the sides snug tight.
    Roll to the top of the leave and place down in a casserole.
    Repeat and Continue with this process until you have used all the rice.
  • Add the lemon slices and water. Cook on medium low heat for an additional 15 minutes or until the water has almost evaporated.
    Serve as a side, appetizer, or as a main dish and enjoy.



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