Mom's Stuffed Grape Leaves

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Author Notes: These are the stuffed grape leaves Mom used to make....not the oily rice stuffed ones often seen at delis...but rather meat rolls, hearty enough for dinner. We like to serve them with mashed potatoes using the pan juices of the casserole as a "gravy". And leftovers are terrific!inpatskitchen

Makes about 30 rolls (probably will serve about 8 people)

  • 1 1/2 pounds ground lamb (or a combination of lamb and beef)
  • 1/2 cup raw rice
  • 1 egg
  • 8 ounces tomato sauce
  • 1/2 cup seasoned dry bread crumbs
  • 1 medium onion, finely diced
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon granulated garlic ( or garlic powder )
  • 1 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 8 ounce jar grape leaves in brine
  • 14-15 ounce can diced tomatoes
  • 1 lemon, thinly sliced
  1. Thoroughly combine the first 10 ingredients in a mixing bowl and chill for about an hour.
  2. In a colander, drain and rinse the grape leaves thoroughly.
  3. Spread out a grape leaf with the "veiny" side up and place about 2 tablespoons of the meat mixture shaped into a 2 to 3 inch log at the base of the leaf. Roll the bottom portion of the leaf over the meat, tuck in the sides and continue rolling. Place each leaf in a 9 x 13 inch baking pan seam side down.
  4. Pour the can of diced tomatoes (with the juice) evenly over the leaves. Place the sliced lemon on top.
  5. Cover tightly with foil and bake at 350F for one hour and 15 minutes.

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about 4 years ago mpittsm

I've been looking for an easy dolmades recipe- thanks for sharing- will def be trying!


about 4 years ago inpatskitchen

Thank you..please let me know what you think if you try them!


about 4 years ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Love stuffed grape leaves, have never made them, I must try this recipe.


about 4 years ago inpatskitchen

Thanks! Please let me know what you think if you do try them...Don't let the storm get you down!


over 4 years ago Sagegreen

Love stuffed grape leaves. Usually I just do them just with plain rice (boring), but your recipe is inspiring me! Will try this next time I make some!


over 4 years ago inpatskitchen

Thanks Sagegreen! It's a real meal...sometimes I serve them halved and at room temp on a Greek antipasto platter...they go fast around here


over 4 years ago Frontalgirl

This looks yummy!


over 4 years ago inpatskitchen

Thanks Frontalgirl!