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Every Monday and Wednesday, we'll announce a new Wildcard winner: a recipe that may not have been entered in (or won) a contest, but a recipe that we've tested and loved.

Today: A new -- and better! -- use for that jar of grape leaves.

Grape Leaf Pilaf

WHO: Anitalectric is a vegan chef and baker living in Brooklyn -- and a longtime Food52er!

WHAT: A mostly-pantry pilaf -- with the zippiness of fresh dill and sugar snaps -- that's both satisfying and elegant.

HOW: Cook your rice, toast your pine nuts, and toss everything together.

WHY WE LOVE IT: We love the use of grape leaves in this pilaf -- it's like a deconstructed dolma. The pine nuts, feta, sugar snaps, and dill add lashings of brightness and texture. This would be a wonderful side dish, or brown bag lunch, or vegetarian main, or snack...basically, we'd eat this anytime.

Grape Leaf Pilaf by Anitalectric

Serves 4

1 cup white or brown rice
1 cup chopped grape leaves from a jar
1 cup sugar snap peas, coarsely chopped
1/2 cup chopped dill leaves
1 lemon, juiced
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon black pepper, or to taste
1/4 cup crumbled feta (optional)
1/3 cup pine nuts

See the full recipe (and save and print it) here. 

Photo by James Ransom


Tags: wildcard, wildcard winner, pilaf, grape leaves, summer, vegetarian, vegan, special diets

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Comments (10)


about 2 years ago Anitalectric

Anita is a vegan pastry chef & founder of Electric Blue Baking Co. in Brooklyn.

Thank you for featuring it! Guess I have to make some this weekend ;)


about 2 years ago em-i-lis

Emily is a trusted source on General Cooking.

this sounds delicious- right up my alley!!


about 2 years ago hardlikearmour

hardlikearmour is a trusted home cook.

What a great idea!


about 2 years ago Kenzi Wilbur

Kenzi is the Managing Editor of Food52.

Oh man -- so good. Look mom I really like grape leaves!


about 2 years ago LauriL

Only took you 13 years Kenzi!! Haha! I'll make this for you this weekend!!


about 2 years ago boozeandsusan

Susan is a Recipe Tester for Food52

This is DELICIOUS! Cannot wait to make again!!


about 2 years ago drbabs

Barbara is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Congratulations--i can't wait to make this!


about 2 years ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Anita, so glad to see your recipe get a WC, it sounds so delicious!


about 2 years ago dymnyno

What a brilliant recipe!


about 2 years ago Brette Warshaw

This was so delicious. Thank you Anita!